Microsoft has announced that it has brought Windows 7 technology to the embedded systems market with Windows Embedded Standard 7. The new OS offers power, reliability, and familiarity of Windows 7 in a customizable and componentized form.
The new embedded OS allows OEMs to create and enhances experiences for the end user with connectivity to Windows PCs, servers, and online services on devices like thin clients, digital signs, and industrial controls. The new OS will also find its way into set-top boxes, connected media devices, and TVs.
These sorts of consumer devices built on Windows Embedded Standard 7 will be able to leverage the Windows Media Center feature of the OS to get content from varied sources like the internet and broadcast TV along with social media, photo libraries, and more. Products using the new OS will begin shipping shortly according to Microsoft.