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Microsoft has conjured a technical preview of its Windows 7-based embedded operating system today. Developers, device makers, and just plain folk who like to play fast and dangerous with their cash machine software can snag a copy as a Community Technology Preview over at Microsoftland. A finished version of Windows Embedded …


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  1. Jeroen Braamhaar

    Erhm ...

    "As with previous versions of Embedded Standard, the new OS will be "componentized," so developers can make an OS for devices that only uses the drivers, applications, and services required."

    ie, it might do what most properly built OS'es do as standard ?

    And why can't MS do the same with their retail non-embedded versions so users can strip out all the bloat ?

    Fail MS, fail ...

  2. Wortel


    Soon we can enjoy UAC pissing us off when we go fetch some cash from the machine on the street corner, laced with a careful selection of the finest and latest malware. culinary masterpiece ;p

  3. rhdunn

    embedded device specs

    Aero, .NET 3.5, etc. -- coming to an embedded device near you... but only if you have a 2Gb flash card with 1Gb of RAM and a decent on-board graphics chip.

  4. Goat Jam


    No mention of this in the article but I would bet my house that the only "embedding" that this will be good for is on pre-existing Wintel architecture kit, aka PC's.


    As others have posted, it sounds like the sort of general purpose OS that "normal" Windoze should be.


    like all the kids are doing

    and access to marketplaces to buy phone apps like all the kids are doing. ®

    So Microsoft has become a crack dealer with new whiz-bang features that all the kids gotta have dood. see little jimmy there, see how he looks cool...

    McRuff The Crime Dog says:Say no to WinMo Kids, its bad, mmmmkay.

  6. WinHatter








    will succeed only in failing

  7. Anonymous Coward

    Keeping an open mind

    I've been quite impressed by XP Embedded and hopefully Windows 7 Embedded will be as good.

    Not the sort of thing you want for minimal, constrained hardware but I've found it very suitable when one wants a smaller footprint than a desktop OS to support Windows applications because Windows Apps are what one specialises in.

    It's the choice of fit the software to the hardware (Linux ) or fit the hardware to the software (XPE), and which is best depends on what one is doing and which business plan suits best. For those who are Windows-centric, a Windows OS makes sense.

    I have an application, originally developed for the desktop in VB, which works when wrapped as an embedded box. The time and cost of a rewrite and testing would be far more than simply installing XP Embedded on off-the-shelf hardware. Embedded wins the business case there and maximises my profit, pays employees more, and they can get on with the next project. Maybe you don't agree with the strategy or choices made in the past; well tough, that's what it is, and it is working well. You are free to do your own thing, decide your own course.

    I agree, it would be nice if desktop Windows offered the same options to customise and shrink as Embedded does but the former is a general purpose platform which has to support everything a non-technical end-user arbitrarily plugs in. The 'download this, install cygwin / MinGW, compile the source, re-build the kernel, fix the fails' is not fit for purpose in most end-user territory.

    Ubuntu and other modern Linux distros seem to have seen the light and take more of a 'provide everything' approach, but I do have to laugh when told "Linux is leaner than Windows" and complaining of bloat when looking at a multi-gigabyte Linux install which won't even fit on the 100MB disk I have which runs full Windows 98SE with room to spare.

    To those, seemingly fanboys of anti-Microsoft slant, who just shout "Fail!", how exactly does Embedded fail ? It's like labelling a chip shop "Fail!" because they couldn't fill your car up with petrol - If you're not in the market for what Embedded offers then of course it won't deliver. Embedded may not be the solution you would choose, but that doesn't make for "Fail!", and for many others it is exactly what they want.

  8. sleepy

    fulfilling legitimate CPU aspirations?

    "APIs for developers to build applications that improve CPU idle time"

    Free beer and entertainment for idle CPU's so they'll work for less electricity?

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