Microsoft celebrated the 10-year anniversary of its Windows Embedded Partner Program (WEPP) by announcing the next-generation program for participating partners, building on its recent release of Windows 7 technologies to manufacturers of specialized devices with new resources for its global ecosystem.
Microsoft celebrated the 10-year anniversary of its Windows Embedded
Partner Program (WEPP) by announcing the next-generation program for
participating partners, building on its recent release of Windows 7
technologies to manufacturers of specialized devices with new resources
for its global ecosystem.
Microsoft officials said that since the program's inception, WEPP
has grown to more than 650 partners globally, including silicon
vendors, independent software vendors, systems integrators, design
houses and user experience designers, independent hardware vendors, and
training partners in countries such as the U.S., China, Japan, Korea,
Taiwan, the U.K., India, Russia, Germany and France. For its
anniversary, WEPP is continuing to address the evolving needs of
original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and partners working with
Windows Embedded platforms.
Recently, Microsoft released Windows 7 technologies to OEMs of
specialized devices through the Windows Embedded Standard 2011
community technology preview (CTP), release to manufacturing (RTM) of
Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3, and RTMs of the next-generation platforms
for Windows Embedded Server and Windows Embedded Enterprise, Microsoft
officials said. Microsoft also recently realigned its automotive
business within Windows Embedded to capitalize on the synergies between
the two business units and leverage the extended, global partner
ecosystem of Windows Embedded. The current release of Microsoft Auto
(version 4.1) and the next generation of Microsoft Auto, which will be
announced in 2010 and is currently code-named "Motegi," underscore
Microsoft's commitment to the market, the company said.
"The goal of the Windows Embedded Partner Program is to ensure that
OEMs have strong support from our extensive ecosystem to help reduce
development time and associated costs as they bring innovative Windows
Embedded-based consumer and enterprise devices to market," said Olivier
Fontana, group marketing manager for Windows Embedded at Microsoft, in
a statement. "Through the updates to the program, Windows Embedded will
better serve its global ecosystem by providing partners with tools and
information to help meet the needs of their customers during every
phase of the specialized device development life cycle."
Additional information on WEPP can be found at
http://www.windowsembeddedpartners.com or the Windows Embedded Twitter
and You Tube pages at @MSFTWEB and
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