Microsoft has released Windows Embedded NavReady 2009, its first embedded operating system to be specifically optimised for manufacturers of portable navigation devices.
Redmond unveiled the system, which is one of its first category-specific embedded operating systems, on Monday. The other Microsoft OS that has been specifically optimised in this way is Windows Embedded POSReady, for point-of-sale devices. POSReady is scheduled for release next year.
According to Microsoft, NavReady should help developers and manufacturers "quickly bring to market smart, connected, service-oriented portable navigation devices that easily connect to online services, Bluetooth-capable mobile phones, Windows-based PCs and the internet".
Features include Live Search capabilities, which ties into Microsoft's online mapping service, and links to MSN Direct for "traffic alerts and fuel prices", Microsoft said. Devices based on NavReady can also be used as a secondary screen for many Vista PCs that have Windows Sideshow functionality.