Microsoft officially launches Windows Embedded 8

After offering a preview version of the OS to download in November, Microsoft has now launched the final version of Windows Embedded 8 made especially for embedded hardware and systems. Microsoft says that this newest version of its embedded OS also has a number of features that are using in the Windows 8 PC OS.

Microsoft's press release states:

With Windows Embedded 8, enterprises can harness Windows 8 technologies with additional features to support industry devices within intelligent systems — including rich, natural experiences that provide customers and employees with access to the information they are looking for while ensuring the consistency and predictability businesses require.

Microsoft has also launched a portal website, GetWindowsEmbedded8.com, with download links to the OS as well as information on how it can be used in retail stores, medical offices, and more.  While Windows Embedded 8 Standard and Windows Embedded 8 Pro are available right now, Microsoft will wait until April 1st to launch the Windows Embedded 8 Industry SKU.

In addition, Microsoft plans to offer Windows Embedded 8 customers a way to "add or buy enterprise-specific functionality for their Windows Embedded 8-based solutions through licensing options." Those additional features will be offered by Microsoft sometime in July.

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About time they figured out how to replace WindowsCE/XPEmbedded! This is, I think, where Microsoft will do well with 8. But I'm no marketing whiz/guru...I just know what I've had to work on out in the field/seen. Especially in a small city where there's one guy (literally) that handles EVERY businesses(?) point of sale machines. He even uses pirated copies of XP to rake in thousands...like in the ten+thousands. I could so bust him down hard core, but then again, my job would be jeopardized....MAN, it sucks being "under the man", so to speak. Sorry to go off topic, though. Apologies.

Excuse me but that the hell are you talking about? There is a windows vista embedded and a windows 7 embedded, both have existed for a very long time.

n_K said,
Excuse me but that the hell are you talking about? There is a windows vista embedded and a windows 7 embedded, both have existed for a very long time.

XPe, too.

Doubt it, W7TPC is a stop-gap for large enterprises, it's not intended to be used by just anyone, only incredibly large companies with a lot of old hardware.
XP has FLP, Vista had nothing, 7 had ThinPC, chances are 8 will have nothing.

n_K said,
Doubt it, W7TPC is a stop-gap for large enterprises, it's not intended to be used by just anyone, only incredibly large companies with a lot of old hardware.
XP has FLP, Vista had nothing, 7 had ThinPC, chances are 8 will have nothing.

Are you sure Vista had nothing?

Klownicle said,
Does this have a WMC option like 7 embedded did?

i hope so, then hopefully the ceton q will come back

xn--bya said,
The ARM version would have a lot more uses, if only MS released it...

actually its already available. windows embedded handheld runs on arm. The generic embedded arm version that can be tailored to anything is being released q2 2012. its called windows embedded compact 8

vcfan said,

actually its already available. windows embedded handheld runs on arm. The generic embedded arm version that can be tailored to anything is being released q2 2012. its called windows embedded compact 8


The current ARM versions are based on Windows CE - Windows Mobile, Embedded Handheld, Embedded Compact 7, Embedded Compact 8. Windows Embedded Standard 7 / 8 are based on NT, so it is a lot easier to write applications for them, and they are more reliable. MS had plans to release a version of Windows Embedded Standard 8 for ARM, which would have resulted in an NT based system, like Windows RT, available for embedded ARM devices.

xn--bya said,

The current ARM versions are based on Windows CE - Windows Mobile, Embedded Handheld, Embedded Compact 7, Embedded Compact 8. Windows Embedded Standard 7 / 8 are based on NT, so it is a lot easier to write applications for them, and they are more reliable. MS had plans to release a version of Windows Embedded Standard 8 for ARM, which would have resulted in an NT based system, like Windows RT, available for embedded ARM devices.

windows embedded 8 handheld runs on windows phone 8 so its NT based. that's already released. the ce one isn't released yet.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us...13/Jan13/01-14Handheld.aspx

I do believe Android can be embedded, because it's already being used in some fridges etc..

Edited by Marshall, Mar 20 2013, 5:46pm :

Jarrichvdv said,
I do believe Android can be embedded, because it's already being used in some fridges etc..

Can I use it in my microwave too?

Dot Matrix said,
This would be great for touch based POS terminals.

most touch based POS terminals have their own system already and wouldn't use the "modern" UI system... they'd have to rewrite their systems for this... and there is a lot of them out there

neufuse said,

most touch based POS terminals have their own system already and wouldn't use the "modern" UI system... they'd have to rewrite their systems for this... and there is a lot of them out there


Yeah but for newer systems, why bother maintaining an OS on your own, when for less money you can just license one.

neufuse said,

they'd have to rewrite their systems for this... and there is a lot of them out there

Yeah... and they're already written for and run on Windows Embedded, so they don't need to be rewritten

When Apple first opened their stores, their handhelds used to check out customers ran Windows CE.

rfirth said,

Yeah... and they're already written for and run on Windows Embedded, so they don't need to be rewritten

When Apple first opened their stores, their handhelds used to check out customers ran Windows CE.

But it was Windows CE... Not this useless crap.

hummell said,
But it was Windows CE... Not this useless crap.
Ok, seriously? Do you have any idea what we're all talking about here?