The Windows Embedded Standard 8 community technology preview (CTP) 8 is now available on the x86 architecture.
With Windows Embedded Standard 8 CTP developers can use the same trusted tools used in building applications for Windows 8 to build specialized devices within line-of-business applications -- extending the power of Windows 8 and the cloud to intelligent systems.
"Using the Windows Embedded platform, retailers can build smart digital signage and intelligent kiosks. Manufacturers can connect shop floor devices to back-end IT. In medicine, equipment for ultrasounds, x-rays and MRIs can deliver results directly to doctors at the bedside," informs Microsoft.
Windows Embedded Standard 8 is a componentized version of Windows 8 that includes features designed to meet the needs of specialized devices within intelligent systems, such as:
- Advanced device lockdown through flexible keyboard filters and a new unified write filter that combines previous write filters into a single, streamlined solution for better management and enhanced uptime.
- Support for customized experiences and branding from boot to shut down, so apps can take advantage of Windows with a customized look and feel from the first press of the power button.
- Componentization of the OS to scale the system up or down depending on the device, including a set of modules that have been preconfigured and tested to enable device-specific scenarios.
- IT pro management tools, including the Universal Configuration Tool (UCT) that provides for local and remote management, integrated into the security infrastructure.
- OS development tools, including the new Module Designer that allows developers to easily integrate third-party software into the OS, including the ability to copy files, execute commands, install drivers and modify the registry.
Here's the latest roadmap update from the team:
Windows Embedded Enterprise 'Next' -- the version suited for devices like ATMs and kiosks -- will be out one quarter after Microsoft makes Windows 8 generally available for PCs.
Windows Embedded Compact 'Next' for small-footprint, specialized devices will be out in the second half of 2012, with support for Visual Studio.
You can download the Windows Embedded Standard 8 CTP here.