Windows Embedded 8 operating system Generally Availability along with the online resource for enterprises and OEMs extends Windows 8 technologies to a spectrum of edge devices.
Windows Embedded 8 is a componentized version of Windows 8 with additional technologies that adapt Windows for use in and on specialized devices.
For OEMs and developers, Windows 8 innovations coupled with additional embedded functionality for edge devices will help them quickly and efficiently deliver differentiated solutions with security enhancements, a refined application model and touch-first industry experiences.
"From the rich, familiar experience of Windows to integrated management, analytics and cloud platforms, Windows Embedded 8 coupled with the full breadth of Microsoft technologies for intelligent systems helps enterprises gain lasting competitive advantages in retail, manufacturing, healthcare and a variety of industries," said Kevin Dallas, gmr of Windows Embedded at Microsoft.
Additionally, businesses will also have the ability to add or buy enterprise-specific functionality for their Windows Embedded 8-based solutions through licensing options Microsoft will make available in July.
Micorosoft also said that the Windows Embedded 8 Industry, which targets retail point-of-service (POS) solutions and other scenarios across manufacturing and healthcare that require fixed experiences with enhanced lockdown, branding and the other benefits--will be available the week of April 1.
Windows Embedded Compact 2013, a successor to Windows Embedded Compact 7, is due in the second quarter of 2013.
Windows Embedded 8 Standard and Windows Embedded 8 Pro are available immediately for OEMs to build and ship solutions at the new site.
Windows Embedded 8 Standard also is available now from Microsoft's Download Center.
In addtion, the site also contains online video series of panel discussions and other resources for enterprises and OEMs to help them take advantage of intelligent systems with Windows Embedded 8.
Update 04/03: Microsoft has just announced the availability of Windows Embedded 8 Industry, as well as three SKUs:
- Windows Embedded 8 Industry Pro. This is the ideal SKU to build ATMs and devices for the healthcare and manufacturing industries, creating a new class of industry-specific device with a sleek, powerful, modern OS.
- Windows Embedded 8 Industry Pro (Retail). This SKU provides specialized embedded functionality to get the most out of retail devices like POS terminals, kiosks, scanners and more.
- Windows Embedded 8 Industry Enterprise. Available through Volume Licensing in July, the Enterprise SKU provides embedded-specific features designed to integrate seamlessly with Windows 8 Enterprise.
Download Windows Embedded 8 Industry here.