Windows Embedded 8 Standard Release Preview; Road Map of Windows Embedded 8 Family of Device OS Announced

Microsoft extends Windows 8 to Intelligent Systems, and provides details on next wave of Enterprise Tools and Technology with the release of Windows Embedded Standard 8 Release Preview for testing.The product road map for Windows Embedded 8 and Windows Embedded Compact 2013 also annouced today.Windows Embedded 8 supports a growing range of applications, device form […]

Microsoft extends Windows 8 to Intelligent Systems, and provides details on next wave of Enterprise Tools and Technology with the release of Windows Embedded Standard 8 Release Preview for testing.

The product road map for Windows Embedded 8 and Windows Embedded Compact 2013 also annouced today.

Windows Embedded 8 supports a growing range of applications, device form factors, architectures and system requirements and it includes the family of operating systems, “
Windows Embedded 8 Standard, Windows Embedded 8 Pro and Windows Embedded 8 Industry."

In parallel, Windows Embedded Compact 2013 will support small footprint devices that require flexible hardware, the use of touch- and gesture-based inputs and hard, real-time support.

Both, Windows Embedded Compact 2013, and Windows Embedded 8 Standard, will be generally available in the second quarter of 2013. With Windows Embedded 8, adding support for Visual Studio 2012.

Here's the road map of Windows Embedded 8 device OSs:

  • Windows Embedded 8 Standard “Release preview available now. General Availability in March 2013. “Embedded 8 Standard is a flexible, modular, version of Windows 8 that gives enterprises and partners the freedom to choose which parts of the operating system they need for their unique requirements," microsoft explains. “Devices can also be locked down to block certain gestures and deliver a more secure and differentiated user experience."
  • Windows Embedded 8 Pro (General availability in March 2013) -- delivers full power and familiarity of the Windows operating system. Enterprises and partners can create quick-turn, industry-certified solutions, without concern for application and device compatibility.
  • Windows Embedded 8 Industry (Community technology preview and details on timing will be available in January 2013). Historically, Windows Embedded POSReady has targeted retail point-of-service (POS) solutions. Moving forward, Microsoft will deliver the power of Windows 8 technologies to these and other scenarios requiring fixed experiences with enhanced lockdown, branding and the other benefits of Windows Embedded 8 -- including peripheral support to other industry-specific scenarios, such as manufacturing and healthcare, in addition to POS.
  • Windows Embedded 8 Handheld “will be based on Windows Phone 8 technologies." Microsoft is working with “a handful of partners to bring new features and capabilities to the enterprise handheld device market," the company said.
  • Windows Embedded 8 Automotive, will be based on Windows 8 technologies," informs Microsoft.

You can download, Release Preview of Windows Embedded 8 Standard here.

In the video below, Windows Embedded General Manager Kevin Dallas, announces the release schedule includes the Windows Embedded 8 family of device operating systems, each with a distinct feature set that includes the building blocks for an intelligent system across hardware, software and services.