Microsoft Nails Deal With Radio Shack

Microsoft's Windows XP Embedded advanced its foothold in the retail space this week.

At the National Retail Federation Show in New York, the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant announced customer wins with Radio Shack and Circuit City and launched a Smart Retailing Initiative with 20 key partners. The initiative is designed to give retailers new tools and a framework for developing next generation shopping, selling and operational solutions, Microsoft said.

Radio Shack has deployed Windows XP Embedded in 5,000 stores and plans to have 21,000 systems up and running by year's end. The solution was developed by the retailer and Microsoft Consulting Services and integrated by Dell and HP into 8,000 cash lanes over a 12-week period, Microsoft said.

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