Microsoft Previews Windows 10-Powered POS Systems
After consumer PCs, business systems and even IoT devices, Microsoft announces an ecosystem of Windows 10 point-of-sale systems.At this week's Big Show, the National Retail Federation's conference in New York City, Microsoft is showing off a Windows 10 point-of-sale (POS) solution aimed at providing more engaging customer experiences at brick-and-mortar shops. "The new Windows 10 POS solution will transform traditional, stationary workstations into interactive mobile experiences," said Jeremy Korst, general manager of Windows Product Marketing at Microsoft, in a Jan. 17 blog post. Acknowledging that mobile POS systems are nothing new, "what's different about the Windows 10 mobile workstation is it offers a more secure and automatic log-in with Windows Hello, unlocking the Windows device by recognizing the retail associate's face," he added. In the wake of the massive Target data breach of 2014, POS security has emerged as a major concern for retailers. One of several new Windows 10 security features, Windows Hello eschews log-in passwords by taking a biometric scan of a user's face. Enhanced security aside, the Microsoft's new POS system can help store associates adopt a more shopper-friendly workstyle.
"Throughout the day, retail associates can seamlessly transition from a mobile touch-tablet mode to a traditional desktop mode, and even project to a larger display with Continuum, which adjusts your experience to match the activity, device and display," said Korst. Continuum is a Windows 10 mode-switching technology that dynamically adjusts the operating system's UI to suit a touch-screen or full-fledged display.