At Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley, Microsoft announced “the release to manufacturing of Windows Embedded Standard 7, delivering the power, familiarity and reliability of Windows 7 operating system in a highly customizable and componentized form. OEMs can leverage Standard 7 to create differentiated experiences and enhanced connectivity with Windows-based PCs, servers and online services on specialized devices, such as thin clients, digital signage and industrial controls for enterprise. In addition to support for enterprise devices, set-top boxes (STBs), connected media devices (CMDs), and TVs built on Windows Embedded Standard 7 and leveraging Windows Media Center feature will enable consumers to merge multimedia content from disparate sources, including Internet and broadcast TV, social media portals, and personal libraries of photos, music and videos, into a centralized home entertainment hub. Information can easily be shared across Windows-based PCs and individual devices. Service providers also can leverage the flexible x86 architecture of Standard 7, Windows Presentation Foundation, Internet Explorer 8, Windows Media Player 12 and the latest desktop innovations from Microsoft to develop customized user experiences, while ensuring integrated content from the Internet, broadcast TV and personal media through HomeGroup,” writes Microsoft.