Microsoft Rolls Out XP Embedded OS

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2002-10-22 Print this article Print

Microsoft released the Windows XP embedded operating system with Service Pack 1, with a number of new features.

LAS VEGAS—Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced the release of its Windows XP embedded operating system with Service Pack 1, meeting its promise to deliver new Windows XP Embedded technologies within 90 days of the client release. Keith White, senior director of Microsofts Embedded and Appliance Platform group, told a press briefing on Tuesday morning here at the Windows Embedded Developer Conference that this release will continue the rapid development of things like medical devices and set top boxes. This componentized version of Windows XP SP1 includes a number of new features, such as remote boot, which allows an embedded-based client device to boot remotely using an image downloaded from a server. The new device update agent allows embedded devices deployed in the field to be remotely managed and updated.
The system deployment image manager enables users to quickly deploy runtime images to Windows XP Embedded devices, with support now available in more than 20 languages, including Arabic, Czech, Hebrew and Russian.
New communication protocols and services include IP version 6 and USB 2.0. The evaluation version of Windows XP Embedded with SP1 can be found here. Also on Tuesday, VIA Technologies Inc. announced that its C3 E-Series processor and VIA Eden Platform are supported in the Windows XP Embedded with Service Pack 1. Microsoft dropped the price for the Windows CE .Net and Windows XP Embedded tool suites, known as Platform Builder and Target Designer Windows Embedded, from $2,999 to $995, until March 31, 2003, White said. "Our business model is not predicated on tool sales and our goal is to get these into developers hands as easily and affordably as possible. It is not a move to counter other competitive threats," he said. In his keynote address here on Tuesday morning, Todd Warren, general manager of Microsofts Embedded and Appliance Platforms Group, told hundreds of attendees that devices are becoming ever smarter and more connected and that going forward that environment will be more accessible and hassle-free.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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