Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry now generally available

Along with Windows 8.1, Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry became generally available on Thursday, delivering valuable new capabilities across a world of devices.

“With the release of Windows 8.1 and Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry, Microsoft achieves a tremendous milestone: The simultaneous availability of the latest Windows technologies across a wide array of hardware for consumers and for businesses, from the convenience and mobility of tablets and 2-in-1s, to the productive experience expected from laptops and all-in-ones, to ATMs, point-of-service (POS) terminals and other specialized industry devices,” writes Cuong Pham, Windows Embedded product manager.

When those industry devices are connected, Pham writes, “they unleash enormous potential through ‘big data’ (i.e. data aggregation, data-processing and decision-making activities) that take advantage of the information potential emanating from the device.” Whether it’s for sonogram machines in the world of healthcare or POS terminals in retail, “these devices provide businesses with real-time access to critical information.”

To learn more, head over to the Windows Embedded blog. And you can find out about Windows 8.1, also released Thursday, here.

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Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff