Windows Embedded 8 Family Is Here!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Today Microsoft announced the general availability of the Windows Embedded 8 family of Operating Systems which extends Windows 8 technologies to the Embedded world. They helps enterprises capitalize on the Internet of Things with the platform to capture, analyze and act on valuable data across IT infrastructures. For OEMs and developers, Windows Embedded 8 delivers the power, familiarity and reliability of Windows to create advanced commercial devices: the Windows 8 innovations coupled with additional embedded functionality will help them quickly and efficiently deliver differentiated solutions with security enhancements, a refined application model and touch-first industry experiences.

  • **Windows Embedded 8

Standard**, a componentized version of Windows 8, shortens development cycles and enables device makers to create differentiated, best-in-class products that delight customers and stand out from the competition. They are packed with line-of business solutions optimized for the intelligence systems that have the ability to transform data into lasting competitive advantage. It can be optimized for the specific needs of specialized and industry specific devices within an intelligent system, including embedded specific lockdown features for enhanced device security.

  • **Windows Embedded 8

Pro**, a full version of Windows 8 but with dedicated Embedded market licensing, brings the welcome familiarity and full capabilities of Windows 8 to allow partners to quickly deliver exciting and differentiated industry specific tailored solutions.

Industry**, a fixed platform solution based on Windows 8 that provides the capabilities that devices in Retail (Point-of-Service - POS), Financial Services and Hospitality Industries require, such as enhanced lockdown, custom branding and the other benefits.

Windows Embedded 8 Standard and Windows Embedded 8 Pro are available immediately for OEMs to build and ship solutions. Windows Embedded 8 Industry, which targets retail point-of-service (POS) solutions will be available the week of April 1st.

More information on Windows Embedded 8 family is available at, at the official Windows Embedded website and in the Windows Embedded Newsroom. The Windows Embedded 8 conversation on Twitter is available at and using #getWE8.

Stay tuned for more technical details and articles in the weeks to come.