Offers enhanced connectivity with Windows-based PCs, servers and online services on devices
Microsoft has released to manufacturing Windows Embedded Standard 7, which it claims to deliver the power, familiarity and reliability of the Windows 7 operating system in a customisable and componentised form.
Microsoft said that OEMs can leverage Windows Embedded Standard 7 to create enhanced connectivity with Windows-based PCs, servers and online services on devices such as thin clients, digital signage and industrial controls for the enterprise, as well as set-top boxes (STBs), connected media devices (CMDs), and TVs for consumers.
Microsoft said that the platform features the new Windows technology innovations including multigesture touch interfaces and context-aware applications with Windows Touch, and the ability to develop ‘green’ offerings with smart power management APIs.
In addition, leveraging the new Windows Media Centre feature will enable consumers to merge multimedia content from disparate sources, including internet and broadcast TV, social media portals, and personal libraries of photos, music and videos, into a centralised home entertainment hub. Information can be shared across Windows-based PCs and individual devices.
The company said that service providers can also leverage the x86 architecture of Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows Presentation Foundation, IE 8, Windows Media Player 12 and new desktop innovations, to develop customised user experiences.
Kevin Dallas, general manager of the Windows embedded business unit at Microsoft, said: “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 centralised media hub in the home.”