ORLANDO, Fla. — June 4, 2008 — Today at the Tech•Ed North America 2008 Developers conference and through a global webcast event, Microsoft Corp. announced the immediate availability of the Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Community Technology Preview (CTP). In addition, the company stated the product will be available to customers in the fourth quarter of 2008. Windows Embedded Standard 2009 is designed for OEMs wanting to quickly build devices that seamlessly connect into the existing enterprise infrastructure. Featuring new technologies including Microsoft Silverlight, Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) 6.1, and Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Embedded Standard 2009 is designed to drive managed and secure thin clients, sophisticated point of service and kiosk devices requiring visually compelling user experiences, and smart networked multifunction printers that are easy to manage and connect with enterprise infrastructure. Windows Embedded Standard 2009 also includes componentized drivers for Intel Corporation’s latest x86 processor architectures, providing device makers with the flexibility to access the latest generation of hardware.
“Including Intel’s drivers, like those for the new Intel® Atom™ Processor, in Windows Embedded Standard saves developers time otherwise required to validate and incorporate them into their designs,” said Doug Davis, vice president of the Digital Enterprise Group, and general manager of Embedded and Communications Group at Intel. “This development approach can save up to weeks in getting a product on the shelves.”
“The market has validated the strategy and vision that we set forward less than a year ago,” said Kevin Dallas, general manager of the Windows Embedded Business Unit at Microsoft. “With new features in Windows Embedded Standard 2009 enabling OEMs to build embedded devices that combine seamlessly into existing enterprise infrastructure, including the latest Microsoft desktop and server technologies, we are delivering the core foundation for the next generation of smart, connected, service-oriented devices in the enterprise.”
Driving Connected Experiences With New Technology Enhancements
Windows Embedded Standard 2009 is an important building block for smart, connected, service-oriented devices, delivering new features, updates and enhancements that focus on three main areas:
Support for Silverlight provides a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of media experiences and rich interactive applications (RIAs) for the Web that incorporate video, animation, interactivity and stunning user interfaces.
.NET Framework 3.5,
Internet Explorer 7 and Windows Media Player 11. Build sophisticated devices with visually compelling user experiences. Windows Embedded Standard 2009 delivers features enabling the next-generation media experiences, RIAs and stunning user interfaces — helping device makers bring innovative devices to market faster than ever, while offering unparalleled connected experiences.
RDP 6.1 and Network Access Protection (NAP). Windows Embedded Standard 2009 provides the latest version of RDP and NAP, enabling devices to seamlessly connect to Windows Vista-based PCs and take advantage of new features in Windows Server 2008 including the latest security and management technology.
Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Toolkit Replacement Program
Any OEM that purchases a Windows XP Embedded Toolkit between June and September 2008 will be eligible to request a Windows Embedded Standard 2009 replacement toolkit and will only be required to pay the cost of shipping. Specific details on how to participate in this program will be communicated via http://www.microsoft.com/windowsembedded in late June.
Virtual Launch and CTP Download Details
Windows Embedded Standard 2009 CTP will be available for download in English at http://connect.microsoft.com/windowsembedded.
Attend the Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Virtual Launch at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/embedded/standardlaunch/default.mspx.
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