Microsoft is not done yet with its new operating system announcements and launches. The company revealed late on Tuesday its plans to launch a number of different versions of its Windows Embedded 8 OS, made especially for embedded hardware and systems.
Microsoft's press release stated that qualified businesses and users can go ahead and download a preview version of Windows Embedded 8 Standard right now. The final version will be released in March 2013, along with Windows 8 Embedded Pro. The final versions of the Industry and Handheld ports of Windows Embedded 8 will be launched in January. Finally, Windows Embedded Compact 2013 is planned for a second quarter of 2013 release.
Partners and enterprises will benefit from many of the same features found in Windows 8 — most notably, the use of touch and gesture, which will bring a richer, more natural experience to specialized devices such as POS systems, medical device and in-car technology. And, with support for Visual Studio 2012, they can use their existing investments to build intelligent, seamless experiences that span a variety of platforms — from hardware to software and services.
The press release added that Microsoft will announce more details on Windows Embedded 8 Automotive, made to be placed inside cars, sometime later in 2013.
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