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Windows Embedded Standard 8 CTP2 Now Available; 600M Windows 7 Licences Sold; ASUS Zenbook Prime UX21A; AMD Windows 8 Concept Tablet; Samsung Series 5 Hybrid Tablet;

CTP2 of Windows Embedded Standard 8 Released

At the annual Computex 2012 conference in Taipei, Microsoft’s cvp of the company’s Original Equipment Manufacturer Division, Steven Guggenheimer, took the stage to demonstrate the breadth of innovation occurring across Microsoft and throughout the Windows ecosystem.

As part of Microsoft’s road map to support the market for intelligent systems, the company announced the version 2 community technology preview (CTP) for Windows Embedded Standard 8.

“By evaluating the CTP 2, OEMs can start evaluating how Windows 8 technologies can help them evolve their intelligent systems solutions, while ensuring the investments they’re making today will carry forward to Windows 8,” Microsoft stated.

Guugenheimer also revealed that since the release of the first CTP for Windows Embedded Standard 8 in March, “more than 6,000 developers have downloaded the software and begun to evaluate and build with it.” “The number of partners enrolled in the Windows Embedded Partner Program has doubled as more companies begin to understand the potential of developing solutions to take advantage of dedicated hardware and software in the form of intelligent systems,” he said.

Guggenheimer also confirmed that the company has now “sold more than 600 million licences since Windows 7” was launched back in late 2009 while demonstrating some of the latest Windows 7 devices. [Image credit: Verge]

Microsoft 600 Million Windows 7 Licenses Sold

“Microsoft has previously announced in January that the company had reached 525 million licenses sold of Windows 7, and prior to that the operating system reached 240 million in sales to mark its first birthday. Windows 7 is now running on more than 39 percent of internet connected devices worldwide,” according to Microsoft.

He talked about Windows 7 as the best path to Windows 8, and how consumers can take advantage of the recently announced Windows Upgrade Offer.

“This is the biggest launch time in Microsoft’s history,” said Guggenheimer. “In addition to updating Windows client, Windows Server, phone and embedded platforms, there’s a massive wave of software and services coming to market that we think will delight customers, from Windows Azure, to Office 15, Xbox games, Skype and Bing.”

Guggenheimer, also showed off the following video that shows how the laptop has evolved from when Windows 7 was first released back in 2009 and since then we have progressed from the netbook to the ultrabook.

In the second CTP, Microsoft is introducing additional capabilities and performance enhancements to help partners extend their design efforts with Windows Embedded Standard 8 by harnessing key capabilities for intelligent systems, including security features, management, identity and connectivity:

  • Targeted and consistent device configuration with lockdown features to meet enterprise needs
  • Immersive line of business user experiences with multitouch, rich applications, Windows Internet Explorer and other Microsoft technologies
  • Technologies such as mobile broadband to help devices stay connected

You can join the Windows Embedded Partner Program here, or download Windows Embedded Standard 8 CTP2 here.

Microsoft’s OEMs have unveiled a number of Windows RT and Windows 8 tablets, convertibles, and laptops this week at Computex 2012, paving the way towards what Microsoft hopes will be millions of Windows 8 sales.

Today, Samsung showed the attendees a look at a Series 5 11-inch touch screen tablet with detachable keyboard, that connects to the tablet magnetically. The touch screen come with Samsung’s S-Pen and S-Memo software that it uses on its Galaxy Note smartphone.

The Series 5 tablet is 1.65 pounds and is 0.35 inches thick. Samsung is also considering a 1080p display option.

This will be running on an Intel x86 processor with 10 hours of planned battery life. The processor inside is a two-watt Intel Clover Trail model. It also has two and eight-megapixel cameras and a number of ports, such as a USIM slot, a microSD reader and a Superspeed USB port.

Samsung Series 5 Windows 8 Tablet

Finally, AMD also showed off a Windows RT tablet prototype running Trinity A6 APUs. The tablet made by Compal, has an 11.6 inch touch screen with a resolution of 1366×768. It also comes with a keyboard dock that AMD said was “far more spacious than what we’re used to.”

AMD Windows Concept Tablet

Asus today showed off a 11-inch Zenbook Prime UX21A Windows 8 Touchscreen Ultrabook. The notebook is just 2.4 pounds and just 9mm thick.

ASUS Zenbook Prime UX21A Windows 8 Touchscreen Ultrabook

Also, according to the president of Intel’s Mobile Communications Group, “We would be [interested] when we see that this market has a good chance to return our money that we have invested into this,” he explained to IDG, during an interview at Taiwan’s Computex trade show.

Right now most of Intel powered smartphones are running Android, which Eul said was where the “money is,” while they’re also ‘engaged’ with Tizen, a Linux-based OS that’s also being backed by Samsung. But that hasn’t stopped Intel from looking ahead, and they’re ready to provide for Windows Phone devices if the market matures enough.

“Our roadmap has devices that can support [Windows Phone],” he explained. “The hooks for doing that [are] there.” But why would anyone want a smartphone powered by an energy hog like the Intel Atom? Eul says those concerns are put to rest pretty soon after someone actually tries out one of the devices.

In the meantime, Intel has several Atom chips aimed at the smartphone market on its roadmap, including next year’s Merrifield, a high-performance chip made using a 22-nanometer process.

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