Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry officially launched

Along with the launch of Windows 8.1 for consumers today, Microsoft has also made available the final version of Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry for developers, OEMs and enterprise customers to download. The OS, which got a preview version in June, has been designed to be used for specialized hardware devices such as point-of-sale terminals, kiosks, ATMs and others.

In a blog post, Microsoft stated, "We celebrate the increasingly elegant and compelling Windows devices that are at the heart of creating experiences that keep pace with our lives, and we at Windows Embedded are excited to extend that commitment – powering these experiences on specialized industry devices that deliver unmatched value to the enterprise via intelligent systems."

Among other things, the new version of the OS is supposed to have more support for the use of Windows 8 apps. It also includes more hardware support for products like magnetic stripe readers and bar code scanners. Microsoft already has plans to launch another one of its embedded operating systems, Windows Embedded 8.1 Pro, sometime later this year. Microsoft has said it will have "a full, license-restricted version of Windows 8.1 Pro with x86 and x64 support."

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Actually - has nothing to do with Windows RT -- this is one of the Windows Embedded family of OS SKU's. The "Industry" version of Windows Embedded 8 is equivalent to the full Windows client plus key features for embedded systems (think Thin Clients, Point of Sale, etc) such as Write Filters.

I just can't believe it. I was trying to handle RS-232 on WinRT. It's no-go. Actually this system is useless. And this is meant to replace Win CE?

win-em 8.1 is componentized version of Windows RT with additional technologies that adapt Windows for use in specialized devices.
so yes, this can handle industrial standards

hummell said,
I just can't believe it. I was trying to handle RS-232 on WinRT. It's no-go. Actually this system is useless. And this is meant to replace Win CE?

I am pretty sure new equipments does support USB and RS-232 is just dated but just in case you need it there is USB to RS-232 adapters for it so it shouldn't be a problem