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Microsoft announces general availability of Windows Embedded Compact 2013

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  • 2013-11-05

Microsoft announces general availability of Windows Embedded Compact 2013

Microsoft has announced the general availability of Windows Embedded Compact 2013. Optimized for building small-footⓟrintindustry devices, Windows Embedded Compact 2013 includes powerful new tools and capabilities - including new support for Visual Studio 2012 - that extend the experience of Windows and help businesses capitalize on the Internet of Things.

The release is the latest generation of one of the smallest and most flexible products in the Windows Embedded portfolio, designed to power devices that need real-time performance and silicon flexibility, with support for x86 and ARM architectures.

Powering industry

Windows Embedded Compact 2013 is ideal for powering some of the smallest industry devices, such as programmable logic controllers and human-machine interface panels used to monitor processes in manufacturing, RFID scanners in retail environments, and portable ultrasound machines and diagnostic lab equipment in healthcare settings. When these devices are connected via the cloud to backend systems, the resulting intelligent system generates data that can be harnessed and analyzed to provide actionable insight for the enterprise. That data is considered the new currency of business.

It`s now essential for businesses to tap into the vast potential of data if they want to compete, says Kevin Dallas, general manager for Windows Embedded at Microsoft. With Windows Embedded powering industry devices, that data is made readily available to drive real, actionable operational intelligence for industries. Windows Embedded Compact 2013 is a really powerful, flexible platform for extending that capability to some of the smallest industry devices.

Optimized performance

Users will see some major improvements to device functionality with Windows Embedded Compact 2013. Performance was a particular focus in this release, says Steven Bridgeland, senior product manager, Windows Embedded at Microsoft. We have spent countless hours optimizing our code to greatly improve system and network performance, making applications feel snappier.

Windows Embedded Compact 2013 features include the following:

  • Improvements to the core operating system, including memory management and networking capabilities
  • Improved file-system performance, enabling devices to always be available
  • Optimized startup, with snapshot boot, which allows devices to boot within seconds to a known state, such as a specific UI with device drivers loaded
  • Built-in support for Wi-Fi, cellular and Bluetooth technologies, and a seamless connection to Windows Azure, for a robust, connected intelligent system
  • Support from thousands of developers and partners, who have built add-on solutions, including HTML5 browsers

Webinar July 25th, 2013 - Windows Embedded Compact 2013 Shell Development:Getting all GUI!

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Windows Embedded Compact 2013 Home page


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