Preview version of Windows Embedded 8 Standard released

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.

Microsoft states:

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.

Source: Microsoft press release | Image via Microsoft

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Dan~ said,
Windows 8 Automotive, which will crash first, Windows or the Driver, tick tock

Given the number of Ford cars that the previous incarnation was fitted in, it looks like the Driver pretty much every time. And I don't mean the Device Driver neither!

Dan~ said,
Windows 8 Automotive, which will crash first, Windows or the Driver, tick tock

that was funny back in 1998 when windows automotive edition first came out and windows crashed a lot... I have barely had a windows crash since windows vista , and if it ever did, 99% of the time it was memory went bad or some 3rd party driver was pure crap

This will be good, I watched the press release video and it sounds like they got some tighter integration on all of their services. Can't wait to get a hold of the preview and get it running on some of my devices!

Glassed Silver said,

Look, I think Windows 8 needs a major overhaul myself, but why on God's green earth do you want to derail this news?

GS:ios

Because he's a troll + hater! a trolater!

Glassed Silver said,

Look, I think Windows 8 needs a major overhaul myself, but why on God's green earth do you want to derail this news?
GS:ios

Not derailed, I agree the news is good: just an observation on an emerging pattern in which all hardware classes (except non-touch WIMP systems) have benefited.

DJ Dark said,
Because he's a troll + hater! a trolater!

I'm neither a troll nor a hater, and calling me names says more about you than me. I';ve used every version of Windows since 3.0, but skipping this. I have 2560 x 1600 graphics but Win8 takes whole screen for so many things, and skips Aero "to save power". Win8 obviously scales DOWN well for phones and embedded systems, I'm amazed that MS won't scale it UP for WIMP desktops.
I'm not a hater, just very disappointed. It's a reasonable and a widely held view. Ad hominem attacks are not answers to genuine technical points.

gb8080 said,

I'm neither a troll nor a hater, and calling me names says more about you than me. I';ve used every version of Windows since 3.0, but skipping this. I have 2560 x 1600 graphics but Win8 takes whole screen for so many things, and skips Aero "to save power". Win8 obviously scales DOWN well for phones and embedded systems, I'm amazed that MS won't scale it UP for WIMP desktops.
I'm not a hater, just very disappointed. It's a reasonable and a widely held view. Ad hominem attacks are not answers to genuine technical points.

I would like to point out that saying "calling me names says more about you than me." In itself is an Ad hominem.

gb8080 said,
There is plain Windows 8, for touchscreen tablets.
There is Windows 8 for phones.
There is Windows 8 embedded, for embedded systems.

Now PLEASE can we have Windows 8 for Desktops (aero, start, windowed metro apps, fixes for all this these: http://www.neowin.net/news/edi...bout-windows-8-on-a-desktop ) ?

Haters gonna hate. Take it up on the Forums. Your comment has something between diddley and squat to do with the news article.

Personally looking forward to getting my hands on this.

DJ Dark said,
Because he's a troll + hater! a trolater!

Why is it that anytime anyone on the internet who has a different opinion than another person, someone's always yelling "troll". That's not what trolling is.

Panda X said,

Why is it that anytime anyone on the internet who has a different opinion than another person, someone's always yelling "troll". That's not what trolling is.

because this metro crybaby is hijacking a windows embedded article with the same old arguments that I for one am sick and tired of hearing again and again....

gb8080 said,

Now PLEASE can we have Windows 8 for Desktops (aero, start, windowed metro apps, fixes for all this these: http://www.neowin.net/news/edi...bout-windows-8-on-a-desktop ) ?

gb8080 said,
and skips Aero "to save power"

Aero looks like ****. It's not 2006 anymore. If you want a dated looking OS then use OSX. I very much doubt that MS got rid of Aero because it was more GPU demanding, as driving 2D transparency effects is basically nothing to a GPU. And the GPU still drives the desktop UI regardless if it has the "Aero" look or not. MS simply got rid of it because it looks like **** these days.

And i dont understand how people like you STILL fail to realise than Metro isn't a desktop replacement, which is why the desktop is still there. So if you want resizeable windows and everything else then use the desktop! You can't have a single UI that works well with both touch input and productivity/keyboard/mouse which is why they both UI's look so different. Metro functions perfectly well (or better) for searching though, which is what it should be used for on a desktop, and thats all the Start menu was good for anyway.