Windows 8 EmbeddedMicrosoft today announced the immediate availability of the embedded operating system Windows 8 Embedded Pro and Standard.

Both of these new operating systems designed for use on the end of professional applications such as POS terminals, electronic boards, infoterminaly, car computers and t n Microsoft says that the new system is implemented with the modern concept of the so-called Internet of Things, when hundreds of thousands of electronic device can communicate directly with each other information without human intervention.

Kevin Dallas, general manager of Windows Embedded, said that now many companies are increasingly integrating end devices in its core IT infrastructure, so these endpoints must not only fulfill their primary function, but also to support the work in corporate networks, to be able to communicate with popular products for the automation of business and other jobs.

According to him, Windows 8 Embedded Pro and Standard with one hand, all this provides, but on the other OS data also support and outdated standards, so they can work and are already in service products. Among other things, Windows 8 Embedded Pro Standard and used in support of the Windows 8 “tile” interface.

Previously, Microsoft released Windows Embedded roadmep and, according to him, in the next couple of months will also be expected release of Windows Embedded 8 Compact. All these developments are focused on internal use in a particular element of the embedded and industrial systems. New Windows Embedded can also be used in this newfangled hardware, like smart TVs and industrial robots.

John Doyle, director of product management for Windows Embedded, said that before such devices were limited in their production facilities, or they needed a customized software. Now the use of these solutions readily admits work with a standardized software package, since the power of the mobile e-filling already matured for that.

“The market for embedded systems is growing, for us it’s a phenomenal opportunity. Main objective of our Windows Embedded – Windows 8 to expand opportunities for specialized industrial opportunities,” – says Doyle.

The manager said that the new system have Windows8-like interface, advanced communications capabilities, able to operate in intercomputer communications and securely collect and analyze current operating data from devices.

In addition, the company has decided to rename the pre-existing operating system Windows Embedded POSReady, initially focused on the retail market, Windows Embedded 8 Industry, pointing to a broader orientation and the last opportunity to use not only in retail, but also in banking sector, healthcare and manufacturing. Microsoft will also release another OS and the family – Windows Embedded 8 Automotive.

Doyle says Microsoft now has about 700 partners, Windows Embedded, some of them quite large – Fujitsu, Huawei, NEC, and a number of industrial companies. The company also intends to strengthen the worldwide network of Windows Embedded in China, as it believes that it is here to be particularly high demand for embedded software. “Right now our strategy – a smooth development of the ecosystem, we will work with end customers, end retailers and banks. We believe that our partners will be useful not only Windows Embedded as the end product, but also as part of the Windows-ecosystems” – he says.

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