Microsoft working on Windows 8 versions of Windows Embedded

Microsoft today revealed the company's plans on its Windows Embedded product line by stating how the company plans on delivering its vision for intelligent systems over the next year. Microsoft's vision ties in with the upcoming Windows 8 operating system.

"Windows 8 represents the potential to reimagine not only the PC experience, but also the specialized device experience. Our road map builds on Windows Embedded's history of aligning the platform with Windows to support an integrated experience across devices, phones, PCs and the cloud," Microsoft stated in an official post.

Microsoft is planning on a "Windows Embedded Enterprise v.Next" which offers a full Windows application compatibility and the power of Microsoft's operating system on an embedded device. Microsoft plans to have this ready after Windows 8 is generally available for PCs. This operating system will work on ATMs and Kiosks.

Windows Embedded Standard v.Next, on the other hand, will offer the same power, familiarity, and reliability of Windows 8, in a highly customized form. Microsoft plans on releasing a Community Tech Preview build for developers during the first quarter of 2012 for testing purposes. Microsoft hopes to release Windows Embedded Standard v.Next three quarters after Windows 8 is released for PCs.

Windows Embedded Compact v.Next will also be released in the second half of 2012 and will introduce support for Visual Studio 2010.

"Intelligent systems are here today. They exist all around us. And now you can build amazing intelligent systems today on the Windows Embedded platforms, knowing you’ll have a direct path to upgrade and enhance those systems as Windows 8 rolls out," Microsoft stated.

Microsoft has not mentioned a release date for the PC version of Windows 8, but we are still expecting a beta release to take place in 2012.

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