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Windows Embedded 8 Industry out

Microsoft has released Windows Embedded 8 Industry, which expands Windows Embedded 8 family across a range of industries and targeted intelligent system scenarios.

Windows Embedded 8 Industry provides a fixed-image operating system (OS) that is can power industry devices, control panels, kiosks, and POS terminals.

Windows Embedded 8 Industry provides app compatibility across devices, whether you’re building one from scratch or re-imaging existing ones with a modern OS with an intuitive user interface

David Wurster, Microsoft
It provides a single image with lockdown features and embedded enhancements

“Windows Embedded 8 Industry provides app compatibility across devices, whether you’re building one from scratch or re-imaging existing ones with a modern OS with an intuitive user interface,” said David Wurster, Microsoft Windows Embedded’s senior product manager, in a blog post. “It also makes Windows Embedded 8 Industry easy to deploy, and easy to manage.

“And of course, because Windows Embedded 8 Industry is based on Windows 8, it also allows you to incorporate devices as full network citizens, and leverage the power of Microsoft technologies from the point of interaction all the way to the cloud.”

Microsoft is offering OEMs and enterprise customers three SKUs:

  • Windows Embedded 8 Industry Pro: This is for building ATMs and devices for the healthcare and manufacturing industries.
  • Windows Embedded 8 Industry Pro (Retail): This SKU provides specialised embedded functionality to get the most out of retail devices like POS terminals, kiosks, scanners and more.
  • Windows Embedded 8 Industry Enterprise. Available through Volume Licensing in July, the Enterprise SKU provides embedded-specific features designed to integrate seamlessly with Windows 8 Enterprise.

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