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Windows Embedded 8 Generally Available



                    Windows Embedded 8 Generally Available

Microsoft launches online resource getwindowsembedded8.com for enterprises and
OEMs.

PR Newswire

REDMOND, Wash., March 20, 2013

REDMOND, Wash., March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. today announced
via its website the general availability of the Windows Embedded 8 family of
operating systems. Extending Windows 8 technologies to a spectrum of edge
devices, Windows Embedded 8 helps enterprises capitalize on the Internet of
Things with the platform to capture, analyze and act on valuable data across
IT infrastructures.

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"Edge devices connected and working in unison with an enterprise's broader IT
infrastructure unleash the potential of the Internet of Things by yielding the
actionable data and operational intelligence that drive businesses forward,"
said Kevin Dallas, general manager of Windows Embedded at Microsoft. "From the
rich, familiar experience of Windows to integrated management, analytics and
cloud platforms, Windows Embedded 8 coupled with the full breadth of Microsoft
technologies for intelligent systems helps enterprises gain lasting
competitive advantages in retail, manufacturing, healthcare and a variety of
industries."

Devices at the edge of enterprise networks connected to integrated Microsoft
software and services help enterprises identify and act on opportunities that
otherwise would be out of reach by improving access to data, enhancing
performance, extending security and powering flexible line-of-business
applications. With Windows Embedded 8, enterprises can harness Windows 8
technologies with additional features to support industry devices within
intelligent systems — including rich, natural experiences that provide
customers and employees with access to the information they are looking for
while ensuring the consistency and predictability businesses require.
Businesses will also have the ability to add or buy enterprise-specific
functionality for their Windows Embedded 8-based solutions through licensing
options Microsoft will make available in July.

For original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and developers, Windows Embedded 8
delivers the power, familiarity and reliability of the Windows operating
system to create advanced commercial devices. The Windows 8 innovations
coupled with additional embedded functionality for edge devices 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 and Windows Embedded 8 Pro are
available immediately for OEMs to build and ship solutions — Microsoft has
launched http://www.getwindowsembedded8.com to provide download access to the
platforms.

Windows Embedded 8 Industry, which targets retail point-of-service (POS)
solutions and other scenarios across manufacturing and healthcare that require
fixed experiences with enhanced lockdown, branding and the other benefits of
Windows Embedded 8, will be available the week of April 1.

In addition, http://www.getwindowsembedded8.com also contains a video series
of panel discussions and other resources for enterprises and OEMs to help them
take advantage of intelligent systems with Windows Embedded 8. The videos
focus on three key industries with significant potential for intelligent
systems — healthcare, retail and manufacturing — all with unique needs and
requirements for devices, from kiosks to human machine interface panels (HMI),
digital signs and POS terminals. Panelists featured in the videos include
Windows Embedded general managers Dallas and Barb Edson; Neil Jordan, managing
director of the Worldwide Health Group, Microsoft; Rohit Bhargava, director of
Global Technology Strategy for the Worldwide Manufacturing & Resources Sector,
Microsoft; Brendan O'Meara, managing director of the Worldwide Retail Group,
Microsoft; and industry research analysts Cornelia Wels-Maug (Ovum), Craig
Resnick (ARC), and Jerry Sheldon (IHL Group). The panels are moderated by
GigaOm Research's Adam Lesser.

More information on Windows Embedded 8 is available at
http://www.getwindowsembedded8.com and the Windows Embedded Newsroom. The
Windows Embedded 8 conversation on Twitter is available at
http://twitter.com/MSFTWEB and using #getWE8.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in
software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their
full potential.

SOURCE Microsoft Corp.

Website: http://www.microsoft.com
Contact: Rapid Response Team, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, (503) 443-7070,
rrt@waggeneredstrom.com
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