Microsoft celebrates 10th anniversary of Windows Embedded Partner Program (WEPP), announced next-generation program for participating partners, building on Windows 7 technologies to manufacturers of specialized devices with new resources for its global ecosystem. Since inception, WEPP has grown to more than 650 partners globally; For its anniversary, WEPP is continuing to address evolving needs of OEMs and partners working with Windows Embedded platforms to deliver reliable consumer and enterprise devices with rich user experiences and connections to the world of Windows. To ensure confidence in these new platforms and technologies, Microsoft will be providing all Windows Embedded and Microsoft Auto (code-named “Motegi”) partners with extensive training opportunities, ranging from online briefings to hands-on labs. Gold members also will receive a free MSDN Premium subscription, providing simplified access to Microsoft tools and technologies plus Windows Embedded platforms and technologies. All WEPP updates will go into effect in January 2010.