Windows Embedded à la Carte

REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 10, 2010 — To keep up with the fast-paced environment of the restaurant industry, businesses today are increasingly seeking technological advancements that will help increase productivity, improve reliability, and most of all maintain simplicity and ease-of-use for employees. Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 has worked to become that difference-maker, helping The Oxford House Inn in Fryeburg, Maine, conduct its restaurant transactions quickly and efficiently, while maintaining the comfortable, easygoing atmosphere that it has been traditionally recognized for.

The mission-style inn was built in 1913 for Charles and Blanche Fox as a private residence by architect John Calvin Stevens. The building was turned into a restaurant and four-room inn in 1985, and in 2007 the owners turned over the keys to Jonathan and Natalie Spak. The couple has run it ever since, bringing to the job their shared passion for the creation of exceptional food and dedication to the hospitality industry.

In the spring of 2010, the Spaks decided to implement new LIONWISER Lite point-of-sale systems built by LionWise on Microsoft Windows Embedded POSReady 2009. “We knew we wanted a fast, cost- effective POS solution that gave us increased controls in our business plus all the reliability and stability a business such as ours requires,” Jonathan says. “But we also knew we didn’t need every bell and whistle. Because we were able to utilize the more cost-effective LIONWISER Lite with Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 to provide all the performance and protection we wanted, it helped fit us into a solution that was within our budget, while giving us the increased controls and productivity we were looking for.”

Windows Embedded POSReady 2009, which is optimized for retail industries, contains built-in networking capabilities and standards-based plug-and-play support, helping to make a wide range of functions like remote management and storage available to the inn. Employees who use the terminals find it to be an intuitive experience, and one which especially helps steady the constant stream of transactions and activities during the restaurant’s busy season.

LionWise hardware provides a cost-efficient service with added protection, high-performance output and increased flexibility thrown into the mix. The Spaks found an affordable solution that increased productivity tenfold.

“The LIONWISER Lite point-of-sale software running on Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 has been so easy and intuitive to use that we were actually able to reduce the amount of training and go-live support we’d originally felt we’d need to help get us going,” says Natalie. “Ever since we implemented it, our nightly processing has gone from an hour to just a few minutes, which has been a nice benefit.”

When the LionWise terminals were set up at The Oxford House Inn, all the necessary software solutions to conduct retail operations were already in place — helping facilitate the transition to the new systems and quickly integrate business activities to the pace of customers walking in and out the front doors. The LIONWISER Lite terminal built on Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 quickly became a point-of-sale system, which The Oxford House Inn could rely on for all their business needs.

Windows Embedded POSReady 2009, the next generation of Windows Embedded for point of service (POS), is Microsoft’s embedded operating system optimized for OEMs building POS solutions and enterprises using POS devices. With support for the latest Microsoft technologies such as Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 with Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Media Player and Microsoft Silverlight, Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 seamlessly connects POS solutions with peripherals, servers and services, to retailers and hospitality organizations across the globe.

For more information on Windows Embedded POSREady2009, please visit http://www.windowsembedded.com/retail. To read more about LionWise, see the case study on Microsoft.com.