Windows Embedded elaborates on vision and investment as new research shows that by 2015, the market will double to nearly 4 billion units and over $2 trillion in revenue.
"Cows and fuel pumps aren't typically thought of as having anything in common, but a Dutch dairy farmer recently changed that. By tagging each cow's ear with an embedded device -- the same technology that helps fill your car's tank with gas -- the farmer can monitor the vital signs of each head of cattle and track the overall health of the herd," revealed Microsoft.
"Embedded systems have been used in limited capacities for more than 40 years, but within the past 15 to 20 years they have seen increasingly widespread adoption. Microsoft entered the embedded market in 1996 with the release of Windows CE 1.0. Since that time, the company has provided a steady stream of embedded platforms and technologies that are used daily in a broad range of consumer and business scenarios."
Simply put, the combination of network connectivity -- coupled with anytime, anywhere access to executable data -- has transformed embedded systems into something much more tangible and beneficial to enterprises: intelligent systems.
Intelligent systems can also be extended to cloud computing services such as Windows Azure, SQL Azure and Office 365. By harnessing this additional computing power, businesses can monitor trends over the long term, which gives them greater insight for updating their business plans, negotiating next year's leases or developing the product mix for the following quarter.
"Research firm IDC reports the market for intelligent systems is developing rapidly, with over 1.8 billion units and over $1 trillion in revenue today. Further, it estimates that by 2015, the market will double to nearly 4 billion units and over $2 trillion in revenue," the software company stated.
In addition to increased numbers, these "systems will also feature dramatically increased power and functionality. Windows Embedded General Manager Kevin Dallas highlights their untapped potential to capitalize on the data these billions of devices are capturing."
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