Windows Embedded 8 Standard is a modular operating system that provides enterprises and device manufacturers the freedom to choose which capabilities will be part of their industry devices and intelligent system solutions. Based on Windows 8, Windows Embedded 8 Standard features technologies to create rich, multi-touch experiences that keep customers engaged and employees informed and productive, as well as lockdown tools to ensure it’s targeted, secure and consistent. For enterprises who have purchased devices with Windows Embedded 8 Standard, there are a set of additional, enterprise-specific features that can be enabled through Volume Licensing programs. Click here to learn more about Windows Embedded 8 Volume Licensing offerings.
Create rich line-of-business applications with the user-friendly appearance of Windows 8 style apps. Custom branding feature allows you to customize the entire look and feel of your device.
Protection from malware and unauthorized attempts to access devices with Trusted Boot, Bitlocker, Windows Defender and other security measures.
Leverage special-purpose devices to meet your unique needs through the modular platform format, supporting the right level of granularity with more than 150 intuitive feature packages.
Deliver a targeted experience and ensure consistent configuration with embedded specific lockdown features, such as Unified Write Filter, Gesture Filter and App Launcher.
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 Standard provides the same security features and functionality as Windows 8, but in a modular form for solutions that address your business needs. Encrypt and protect data if a device is lost with Bitlocker, Bitlocker To Go and other features. And with Applocker, Trusted Boot and Write filters, you maintain control over which apps load on a device and which capabilities the user can access. Windows Embedded 8 Standard also makes it easier to integrate a device solution into your company’s network, while reducing the additional overhead with compatible Microsoft identity and access-management technologies. System Center 2012 provides a centralized management solution for controlling the devices and locking them down to protect the device’s integrity. Once in place, your network of specialized devices can help create an intelligent system that generates new levels of actionable business insight.For enterprises who have purchased devices with Windows Embedded 8 Standard, there are a set of additional, enterprise-specific features that can be enabled through Volume Licensing programs. Features such as 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.
Support for Kinect for Windows and the multi-touch interface of Windows 8 provide a new application experience that has the potential to increase workforce productivity. Whether working in off-the-shelf or custom business apps, employees will appreciate the straightforward user experience that removes much of the guesswork. And with access to Internet Explorer 10 and HTML 5, they can enjoy a powerful web-based experience for getting information online or in the cloud. Windows Embedded 8 Standard also enables the synchronizing of sensory input, which can provide employees with a much deeper understanding of the conditions they’re working in and lead to more effective decision making. And with write filters and the Embedded Lockdown Manager, an enterprise can create scenarios that are specifically geared to each employee’s role, giving them just the tools they need to access information and do their jobs effectively.
Uncover new insights throughout your company by connecting edge devices to the corporate network. Windows Embedded 8 Standard works with Microsoft Access & Identity management solutions such as Active Directory and Microsoft System Center, making it easier for IT to deploy, manage and update devices. Employees can also access data through compatibility with SQL Azure and Azure Storage. Industry devices powered by Windows Embedded 8 Standard have the potential to generate new streams of data from across the enterprise that can be analyzed in in the cloud, giving a clear picture of operations in real time. The workforce can then use this data to make decisions about day-to-day as well as long-term business needs.
With Windows Embedded 8 Standard, device manufacturers have access to familiar development tools such as Visual Studio 2012 that help reduce time to market. And support for a variety of security and anti-malware features ensures the solution is secure and stable. Features like Bitlocker and compatibility with a variety of anti-malware solutions help protect the integrity of the device and the data. Other features, such as Windows Secure Boot and Hibernate-Once-Resume-Many protect the device during boot up to prevent the loading of unauthorized apps and to ensure that all devices start up consistently every time.
The modular nature of Windows Embedded 8 Standard provides OEMs with the flexibility to tailor their solution precisely to the customer’s needs, with each component addressing a variety of aspects of the platform—including the bootable core, Windows functionality, industry-specific needs, the launching of custom shells and the use of write filters and lockdown features. Other customization tools include the Image Builder Wizard and Image Configuration Editor, both of which enable you to omit unwanted functionality and reduce the solution’s exposure to attack. And with Windows Embedded 8 Standard’s support for Windows 8 apps, you have the ability to create a solution that extends the Windows 8 experience into industry devices and intelligent system solutions.
Windows Embedded 8 Standard provides connectivity options that allow for a variety of industry device scenarios, including connections to remote and mobile devices. Devices can be “connection aware,” remaining connected whether awake or in hibernation mode across a range of supported connectivity options, such as NFC, USB 3.0, Bluetooth LE and WiFi direct. And with the enhanced support for sensory input, you can create solutions that improve your customers’ awareness of working conditions and give them the ability to synthesize input for a more complete understanding of conditions. Windows Embedded 8 Standard is also compatible with Microsoft Identity and access-management solutions such as Active Directory and Group Policy, so companies can connect their specialized devices to their corporate network and generate deeper levels of business and operational intelligence.
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