Microsoft Announces New Windows Embedded 8 Volume Licensing for Enterprises

New Windows Embedded 8 Volume licensing option allows enterprises to buy directly and unlock additional features in their existing industry devices.

Microsoft extends Windows Embedded 8 to enterprises as on July 1, 2013, and now allows enterprises to take advantage of a new volume licensing option to obtain specific versions of Windows Embedded 8 operating systems.

"This marks a major expansion of Microsoft's commitment to help enterprises capitalize on the power of intelligent systems. "Enterprises in the retail, manufacturing, healthcare and other industries can now gain direct access to critical features, functionality and a version of Windows Embedded 8 specific to enterprises for their devices via new volume licensing options for Windows Embedded 8 (and Windows Embedded 8.1, when it becomes generally available in alignment with Windows 8.1 release timing)."

"The addition of the volume licensing option provides enterprises with more control of their devices by offering the flexibility to upgrade to the latest generation of software, enabling new features and enhancing experiences through Windows Embedded 8 without upgrading their hardware," says Barb Edson, general manager of marketing and business development for Windows Embedded at Microsoft.

Following Windows Embedded licenses are now available to enterprises under the Volume licensing options including:

  • "Windows Embedded 8 Industry Pro -- a license for a fixed Windows Embedded 8 image, which adds features for industry specific devices to Windows 8. This is available as a full upgrade through Volume Licensing, as long as the customer has a qualified operating system.
  • Windows Embedded 8 Industry Enterprise license for an enterprise edition of Windows Embedded 8 that includes the BranchCache, Direct Access and Applocker enterprise features. It is available through Software Assurance only.
  • Windows Embedded 8 Standard Enterprise Kit, when purchased through volume licensing, "the enterprise receives a key that unlocks special features within its Windows Embedded 8 Standard operating system, including BranchCache, DirectAccess and Applocker," explains Microsoft.

For more, visit the Windows Embedded website.