Microsoft Announces Windows Embedded Standard 7 RTM
Microsoft says Windows Embedded Standard 7, which manufacturers can use to create specialized devices that run Windows 7-based components, has been released to manufacturing. Manufacturers can use the platform for everything from thin clients to digital signage and industrial controls for the enterprise. Code-named Quebec during its development and Windows Embedded Standard 2011 during its beta release in September 2009, Windows Embedded Standard 7 should be available for download within the next few days.Microsoft announced the release to manufacturing April 27 of its Windows Embedded Standard 7, which allows manufacturers to utilize Windows 7-based components for the creation of specialized devices such as industry-specific handhelds. The company had originally released a beta of the platform under the name Windows Embedded Standard 2011 in September 2009. "With the release of Windows Embedded Standard 7, Microsoft has furthered its commitment to the integration of Windows 7 technologies in the specialized consumer and enterprise device markets by providing OEMs with the latest innovative technologies," Kevin Dallas, Microsoft's general manager of the Windows Embedded Business Unit, said in an April 27 statement. "The addition of the Windows Media Center feature in Windows Embedded Standard 7 is driving the set-top box, connected media device and TV markets by providing OEMs with opportunities to develop uniquely branded experiences and service providers with capabilities to explore additional revenue streams with unique content through a centralized media hub in the home."
In addition to televisions, STBs (set-top boxes) and CMDs (connected media devices), Microsoft intends for Windows Embedded Standard 7 to be used in thin clients, digital signage and industrial controls for the enterprise. A few companies, including Hewlett-Packard, YCD Multimedia and DT Research, have already begun issuing devices built on the platform.