Microsoft has made available Windows Embedded 8 Standard Release Preview for eager testers and general availability is scheduled for March of 2013. For those that don't know, Windows Embedded 8 Standard is a flexible and modular version of Windows 8 that offers enterprise users the freedom to choose which parts of the operating system they want to use and what devices to lock down.
"Windows Embedded 8 is the family of device operating systems, including Windows Embedded 8 Standard, Windows Embedded 8 Pro and Windows Embedded 8 Industry. Each version has a distinct feature set that includes the building blocks for an intelligent system across hardware, software and services — namely, the ability to manage devices and identities, the presence of connected devices, the availability of rich, touch-enabled experiences, having devices that are secure, and the ability to analyze data," Microsoft explained in an official blog post. As of right now, Windows Embedded 8 Standard and Windows Embedded 8 Pro are both scheduled for general availability in March of 2013, while Microsoft has yet to reveal the launch dates for Windows Embedded 8 Industry, Windows Embedded 8 Handheld, or Windows Embedded 8 Automotive. Hit the source link below for more details or check out the download link below to grab Windows Embedded Standard 8 Release Preview.