Thursday, 16 October 2008

Microsoft unleashes new embedded OS

Microsoft has just released the successor to Windows XP Embedded (XPe): Windows Embedded Standard 2009; the embedded operating system for x86-based devices is now available to product manufacturers.

WES 2009 is the componentized version of Windows XP SP3 plus some additional features:

  • IE7
  • Windows Media Player 11
  • Silverlight
  • .NET Framework 3.5
  • RDP 6.1
just to name a few.

You can find more information on Windows Embedded Standard here.
A trial version will be available for download there soon as well.

So long and thanks for all the fish!


Pat said...

I am wondering if WEPOS is moving into the 64bit os model, such as Vista 64. If this is going to happen I was wondering what the time frame for this might be.

Damian Barnett said...

As you know WEPOS is based on XPe - the predeccesor of Windows Embedded Standard 2009.
And you may also know that Microsoft is already developing its componentized version of Vista - Codename "Quebec" - which is currently targeted for release in 2010. My guess is that the version of WEPOS based on "Quebec" will follow soon after so 2010/2011.
As there are a few important embedded events at the moment or coming up, such as ESC and TechED let's see if there will be any announcements regarding "Quebec".