Yes, among its countless utilizations the Windows operating system can also be used to balance sticks. While it might sound trivial, this is not the case. Stick balancing, the demonstration that comes from Beckhoff in the video embedded at the bottom of this article, is proof that Windows is a Hard Real-Time Embedded operating system. Beckhoff’s proofing demo uses Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2, and Microsoft has not missed the opportunity to applaud the hard real-time or immediate real-time capabilities of its embedded platform. The Redmond company has also made sure to point to a real- time analysis of Windows Embedded CE 6.0 put together by Dedicated Systems Experts, offering proof that the operating system is indeed hard real-time, revealed Mike Hall.