Microsoft plans embedded OS futures

In his keynote at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) last month, Kevin Dallas, GM of Microsoft's Windows Embedded unit, tipped some of his group's future product plans. Included are new versions of Windows CE 6.0 and Windows XP Embedded, plus the arrival of "Windows Vista Embedded." Before detailing these, Dallas began his talk by providing […]

In his keynote at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) last month, Kevin Dallas, GM of Microsoft's Windows Embedded unit, tipped some of his group's future product plans. Included are new versions of Windows CE 6.0 and Windows XP Embedded, plus the arrival of "Windows Vista Embedded."

Before detailing these, Dallas began his talk by providing "examples of where we could improve as an industry." Devices need to be service-aware, he said, citing telephony and navigation as examples.

It should be possible to use a mobile device to receive a phone call at home via VoIP (voice over IP), have it automatically switch to a WAN (and hands-free operation) when moved to a car, then seamlessly switch over to a corporate WLAN at the office, said Dallas. Similarly, he added, navigation devices ought to move information from a PC, to a mobile device, to an in-car system automatically.

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