Windows Embedded Compact 2013 Gerneral Availability Announced

Windows Embedded Compact 2013 reaches Gerneral Availability. Windows Embedded Automotive team shows off creativity and engineering to build the car of the future.

Windows Embedded Compact 2013 is now generally available brings powerful new tools, including support for Visual Studio 2012, as well as major improvements to device functionality.

The 2013 release supports both X86 and ARM, and adds support for Visual Studio 2012.

The new device operating system features better memory management and networking capabilities, improved file-system performance, optimized startup with snapshot boot, built-in support for Wi-Fi, cellular and Bluetooth technologies, and a "seamless connection" to Windows Azure.

Windows Embedded Compact 2013 is ideal for powering "programmable logic controllers and human-machine interface panels used to monitor processes in manufacturing, RFID scanners in retail environments, and portable ultrasound machines and diagnostic lab equipment in healthcare settings."

The new release also offers improvements for developers who build devices on Windows Embedded Compact 2013. "With this release, we focused on making developers' lives easier," says Steven Bridgeland. "Support for Visual Studio 2012 offers significant improvements for developers, including a simplified UI and sharper syntax colorization, and tools such as improved compilers, auto-generation of code snippets and XAML tools."

Windows Embedded, the operating system used for kiosks and point-of-sale terminals, will also be receiving the Windows Blue treatment.

Windows Embedded Compact 2013 features include the following:

  • Improvements to the core operating system, including memory management and networking capabilities
  • Improved file-system performance, enabling devices to always be available
  • Optimized startup, with snapshot boot, which allows devices to boot within seconds to a known state, such as a specific UI with device drivers loaded
  • Built-in support for Wi-Fi, cellular and Bluetooth technologies, and a seamless connection to Windows Azure, for a robust, connected intelligent system
  • Support from thousands of developers and partners, who have built add-on solutions, including HTML5 browsers

In other Windows Embedded news, Microsoft's Windows Embedded Automotive team is creating automotive solutions that meet the needs of drivers and passengers in Brazil, Beijing and points in between.

To this end, the company has assembled a team of creative thinkers and engineers to help develop the car of the future.

Harnessing technologies such as voice and touch interaction, machine learning and big data, the Windows Embedded Automotive team is working toward a solution that can learn drivers' habits, adjust to their needs automatically, and provide assistance and insight wherever it's needed -- whether helping drivers negotiate tight parking spots or gridlock traffic on the way home.

Head on over to the Microsoft News Center to learn more about, or watch the vides embedded below:

Microsoft's John Hendricks a director of User Experience, uses his creativity, lab testing and rigorous research to design driver-centric solutions that people will enjoy.

Microsoft's designer Melissa Quintanilha in the video below, deomstrates a car that learn who you are and anticipate your needs.

In this video, Microsoft's David Walker shows in-car technology that reduces the need for drivers to take their eyes off the road.