Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry extends Windows 8.1 to a range of industry devices across retail, manufacturing, health and any other industries in which powerful line-of-business applications and the ability to perform a specialized function in a secure and reliable way is paramount.
Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry (updated in April, 2014) is available preinstalled on OEM devices; additionally, Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Enterprise is available through Volume Licensing programs. Through Volume Licensing, enterprises can upgrade existing Windows Embedded devices to Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry, and can gain access to additional enterprise-specific features not available through OEMs. These enterprise features, which include DirectAccess, BrancheCache, Enterprise Sideloading, and AppLocker, empower enterprises to gain greater manageability and control over their devices and enable new scenarios. Click here to learn more about Windows Embedded 8 Volume Licensing offerings.
With this update, Windows Embedded brings the latest Windows 8.1 innovations in security, management, and user experience to our partners. In addition to the full capabilities of Windows 8.1, Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry offers the flexibility and enhanced lockdown capabilities needed to power industry devices.
Deliver immersive experiences through multi-gesture interfaces that naturally bridge touch and desktop, and context-aware applications that are eye-catching and intuitive.
Develop modern apps that communicate with desktop apps while deploying device peripherals that are plug-n-play; update peripherals more easily and decrease support costs through streamlined integration with an open device driver architecture based on industry standards.
Provide a consistent user experience with advanced lockdown features; the full Windows platform provides a consistent and predictable development experience, and a high degree of application compatibility.
Protect the integrity of the device by securing and encrypting hardware, supporting a range of antimalware solutions, and ensuring the device restarts and acts the same way every time.
Prior versions of Windows Embedded, including Windows Embedded 7, 8 and 8.1 products, have limited support when running on new processors and chipsets from manufacturers like Intel, AMD, NVidia, and Qualcomm. For more information, please see the Support Lifecycle FAQ.
Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry is a full Windows platform solution based on Windows 8.1 that provides essential capabilities for devices in retail, manufacturing, health and banking, and enables those industry devices as part of an intelligent system solution to span the entire spectrum of Microsoft technologies. Solutions built on Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry help enterprises transform the business through new forms of data, insight and analysis through a consistent, connected Microsoft architecture, from the device layer to back-end software and services.
Leverage speed and efficiency in operations. Engage employees with new user interfaces that are more natural and human. Empower customers to easily interact with displays and other devices. And capture every interaction for thoughtful analysis on the back end. Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry brings the power of Windows 8.1 to industry devices, supporting new kinds of experiences that delight users and create value for enterprise organizations through touch and gesture input that naturally bridge touch and desktop.Capitalize on your existing IT investment by integrating your new Windows Embedded-powered devices with your other Microsoft assets, such as Windows-powered PCs and servers. Management of your intelligent system is streamlined because your devices work smoothly with your existing Microsoft technology. And with Volume Licensing features, you can tailor functionality to your unique businesses needs and deliver a targeted and consistent device experience to your customers and employees.
Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry-based devices extend the power of Microsoft technologies to the very edge of the corporate network. Now every interaction among customers, employees, inventory and services can be captured, measured and analyzed to extend business intelligence and create new streams of data, information and insight. By connecting common industry devices, enterprise applications and cloud services into an organization-wide intelligent system , companies can build more accurate forecasts, develop dynamic pricing models, better understand their customers, offer targeted promotions and increase efficiency by realizing new value from devices deployed in the field and back office business systems. Further, connectivity to on-premise and cloud-based IT assets allows enterprise users to access business-critical information at the point where it’s needed most.
Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry represents an ideal solution for industry devices that utilize powerful line-of-business applications. The new name reflects an expanded focus on supporting the entire range of devices that power organizations in retail, manufacturing, health, and any other industry that requires the ability to perform a specialized function in a secure, reliable and customizable way. With Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry, OEMs can build the next generation of industry-specific devices that easily and seamlessly integrate into the entire suite of Microsoft technologies, providing a rich new source of information that can be deployed, managed and secured by IT using existing skill sets.
Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry is a full Windows platform to create and build specialized device experiences, while delivering an immersive user interface through multi-touch and gesture input that naturally bridge touch and desktop and modern apps that communicate with desktop apps. Windows 8.1 Industry-based devices can allow for a consistent, connected architecture from the device layer to back-end software and services, unlocking new streams of information for analysis and insight for customers across multiple industries, including retail, manufacturing and health.
Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry allows for easy connectivity to on-premise and cloud-based IT assets, enabling devices to deliver business-critical information at the point of impact. By connecting specialized industry devices to enterprise applications, servers and cloud services, OEMs can deliver industry devices that participate in an enterprise’s intelligent system and help them realize new value from their IT assets, such as more accurate forecasts, dynamic pricing models, a better understanding of their customers, targeted promotional offers and increased efficiency—using the same Microsoft technologies that enterprise IT professionals already know.
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