Microsoft Unveils Product Road Map of Windows 8 Version of Embedded Platforms

Microsoft has shared a Product Road Map delivering on the next versions of its many Windows Embedded operating system offerings. In a press release, the Redmond company provide details of the following:Windows Embedded Enterprise v.Next, providing full Windows application compatibility and the power of Microsoft's premium operating systems on embedded devices, will be available for […]

Windows EmbeddedMicrosoft has shared a Product Road Map delivering on the next versions of its many Windows Embedded operating system offerings. In a press release, the Redmond company provide details of the following:

Windows Embedded Enterprise v.Next, providing full Windows application compatibility and the power of Microsoft's premium operating systems on embedded devices, will be available for use in a number of different devices, such as ATMs and kiosks, a quarter after Windows 8 is generally available for PCs.

General availability of Windows Embedded Standard v.Next will occur three quarters after Windows 8 is generally available for PCs. Microsoft is not disclosing specific dates for the Windows 8 release schedule at this time.

Windows Embedded Standard v.Next will deliver the power, familiarity and reliability of the Windows operating system in a highly customizable and componentized form -- will undergo a community technology preview for developers during the first quarter of 2012.

General availability of Windows Embedded Standard v.Next will occur three quarters after Windows 8 is generally available for PCs. Microsoft is not disclosing specific dates for the Windows 8 release schedule at this time.

It will support ARM processors (like Windows 8 will) -- something that it hasn't done traditionally with this SKU -- as well as support for all the management and security features of Windows 8.

Windows Embedded Compact v. Next, will continue to provide a proven, real-time operating system and a full tools suite for a streamlined development experience on small-footprint, specialized devices.

Due out in the second half of 2012, with support for Visual Studio 2010. Embedded Compact v. Next will likely continue to support ARM and x86 processors, as the current SKU does. (I've put a question into Microsoft to make sure of this, however.)

Microsoft isn't providing new roadmap dates or details today for its Windows Embedded Handheld, Windows Embedded POSRedy and Windows Embedded Automative platforms.

Kevin Dallas, general manager of Windows Embedded said, "Also, if you're thinking about the future of Windows Embedded Handheld, Windows Embedded POSReady and Windows Embedded Automotive, and our entire portfolio of products, know that we are investing in these to include the latest Microsoft technologies as well."

For partners and enterprises on the fence about whether to build now or wait for Windows 8, Dallas has some simple advice: Build now.

In the video below, Dallas discusses Microsoft's strategy and product road map for intelligent systems at Windows Embedded Executive Business Summit 2011.