Microsoft Windows Embedded OEM Partner Excellence Award Winners Announced

REDMOND, Wash. — May 17, 2010

From ruggedized devices and automation systems to consumer Internet devices and self-service kiosks, Microsoft’s OEM partners around the world are delivering devices with new and memorable experiences using the Windows Embedded portfolio of platforms and technologies. This year, the momentum continues as OEM partners create innovative new solutions for consumers and the enterprise.

To honor their hard work, the Microsoft Windows Embedded Team is thrilled to announce that several of our OEM partners have been selected as winners of the Microsoft Windows Embedded OEM Partner Excellence Award. Partners receiving this recognition include Hewlett-Packard, Motorola, NCR Corp., NEC, Siemens and Wincor Nixdorf.

These OEM partners have been selected as winners of the Microsoft Windows Embedded OEM Partner Excellence Award.

This year, the award process was aligned with several device categories within Windows Embedded — including thin client, handheld, retail and industrial automation. Criteria for consideration included bringing innovative solutions to market, creating original marketing approaches, and how they partnered with Microsoft to market their solutions.

Partners receiving the Microsoft Windows Embedded OEM Partner Excellence Award include these:

– Hewlett-Packard (HP) is the worldwide market leader in thin computing — hardware or software that relies on another computer but offers added functionality and utilizes the Windows Embedded family. HP is committed to driving Windows Embedded Standard 7 by using it to advance its product line for consumers, including the availability of products like the HP 5740, HP Multiseat t100 and 4320t Mobile Thin Clients.

– Motorola has been committed to its relationship with Microsoft for many years, and is one of the largest vertical original equipment manufacturers for Window Mobile- and Windows Embedded CE-based products. Motorola won this award for being a leader in the handheld terminal and ruggedized device category — including the availability of the Motorola MC55 , which brought new levels of flexibility, functionality and rugged design to size-optimized mobile devices.

– NCR won this award for helping European retailers reinvent the in-store experience with digital signage, and leveraging Windows Embedded to build the cutting-edge applications customers demand. NCR offers self-checkout, self-service kiosks, point-of-sale workstations, scanners, software and services that maximize productivity and improve the customer experience.

– NEC won this award for showing its commitment to help drive the Windows Embedded-based offerings in the retail sector, ensuring the latest innovations are available to customers. For the past three years, NEC has been closely working with Microsoft to develop Silverlight– and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)-based point-of-sale (POS) applications — including digital signage collaboration in retail with Windows Embedded Standard 7.

– Siemens won this award for showcasing the latest Windows 7-based technologies in manufacturing solutions. Microsoft and Siemens have been working together to develop the Innovative Production Line proof of concept (POC), which helps provide guidance on how to solve challenges, like reducing time to market for products, increasing plant reliability and lowering production costs. The Siemens-Microsoft Innovative Production Line POC features familiar production line stations, such as enterprise management, materials inbound logistics, assembly line, and quality assurance — showing what is possible on the new Windows 7-based Windows Embedded Standard 7 technology.

Wincor Nixdorf
– Wincor Nixdorf has been chosen to receive the award for its innovative design of Embedded POS Devices and the implementation of the Microsoft Windows Embedded operating systems in the retail sector. The partnership between Microsoft Windows Embedded and Wincor began in 1999, and has been very successful. Both companies have worked together on a shared vision: “Building better POS products that benefit the End Customer.”

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners! Microsoft looks forward to working with all its OEM partners to develop unique enterprise and consumer devices built on the Windows Embedded.

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