Microsoft announced today that it has developed an embedded operating system optimized specifically for portable navigation devices (PND). The OS is called Windows Embedded NavReady 2009. Key features for the OS include Live Search, Bluetooth, MSN Direct, and Windows SideShow functionality.
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The OS is based on Windows Embedded CE and Microsoft says the OS can help manufacturers simplify the development, user experience and maintenance of their PNDs. Microsoft says with the addition of Windows Embedded NavReady 2009 now has two category specific OS’. Windows Embedded POSReady is set to ship in 2009.
“As demand for personal navigation devices continues to increase, and existing owners look to upgrade from their original devices, original equipment manufacturers must continue to innovate and enhance their products with features that will attract a variety of users,” said Chris Jones, Canalys vice president and principal analyst. “Personal navigation solutions will increasingly become connected, which will open up new opportunities to add value through the delivery of dynamic information and location-based services. But this is a highly competitive market and it is important that businesses like Windows Embedded help OEMs and others bring these rich devices to market quickly and efficiently.”
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