Welcome to the Windows Embedded News Center

Hello and welcome to the new Windows Embedded News Center. We started this site so we can share with you what’s going on with the Windows Embedded business, and we hope you consider it your one-stop shop for the latest Windows Embedded news.

Although you might not know us as well as some of the other Microsoft groups, chances are you have seen our work, or even used our technologies, probably without even knowing it.

With so much change in the world of connected devices, we want to make sure you get an inside look at our business and the innovative, clever things our partners are doing with our software platforms. Windows Embedded is at the center of Microsoft’s strategy for driving the next generation of specialized devices with enhanced user experiences and streamlined connectivity to the world of Windows-based PCs, servers and online services.

Before I get into the different things you’ll find on this site, let me take a moment to answer a question you might be asking yourself: What is Windows Embedded?

Windows Embedded is the platforms, technologies and services that enable OEMs to bring the power of Windows to specialized devices. This means devices are connected to one another, connected to and through cloud services, and extend Microsoft experiences to the user of the device.

In the enterprise, this represents devices that seamlessly connect to existing Microsoft IT infrastructure, which can be managed through Microsoft’s System Center, and also extend the Microsoft developer experience with Microsoft .NET.

For consumers, Windows on specialized devices means using the rich graphical capabilities of Silverlight to create intuitive user experiences that also incorporate Microsoft cloud services like Bing, Zune and Windows Live.

Meet the Windows Embedded family of products here.

Now to walk you through what you’ll see on the site, which is divided into three main sections.

First, there’s a section for developers that focuses on the latest information about our software platforms with great insight directly from our team as well as technical content and stories taking you behind the scenes.

Next is industry, which focuses on news specifically from our work in verticals such as retail, manufacturing, healthcare and mobile enterprise devices.

And last, but certainly not least, is automotive. This includes our work with automakers and suppliers to deliver rich, intuitive and innovative in-car infotainment systems.

Windows Embedded continues to see tremendous momentum in the embedded market. We are committed to delivering innovative tools and technologies to drive the next generation of specialized devices.

I hope you enjoy the Windows Embedded News Center and find the content here interesting. Be sure to bookmark it in your favorites. You can also follow us on Twitter and check out our videos on YouTube and the Microsoft Showcase.

Also, we’d love to hear from you. If you have any thoughts on the site itself or a story idea you want us to explore, please let us know simply by e-mailing us at WEBpress@webershandwick.com.

Thank you,

– Ilya Bukshteyn, senior director of marketing for Microsoft’s Windows Embedded Business