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Microsoft releases Windows Embedded for Point of Service
Posted on 25-May-2005 18:31 | Filed under: News


Microsoft Corp. has introduced its new Windows Embedded for Point of Service software platform, during the Retail Systems 2005 Conference & Exposition. According to the company, the Windows Embedded for Point of Service simplifies setup, deployment and management, includes support for new technologies designed to improve the customer experience and offers low system life-cycle costs.

Windows Embedded for Point of Service is launching with support from retail industry system providers, peripheral suppliers and application vendors, offering retail customers a range of solutions to choose from to update existing or create new point-of-service systems. Windows Embedded for Point of Service is available to retail and hospitality organizations from Windows Embedded original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) only.

Based on Microsoft Windows XP Embedded with Service Pack 2, Windows Embedded for Point of Service supports a broad range of retail applications, device peripherals and service scenarios.

"This new operating system from Microsoft supports our ongoing efforts to deliver exceptional customer service by providing a stable and easy-to-deploy platform for point-of-service systems," said Randy Burdick, chief information officer at OfficeMax. "Windows Embedded for Point of Service will enable OfficeMax to deliver innovative experiences for our customers, using advanced technologies such as Windows Media, RFID, biometrics and wireless networking."

The software platform supports peripheral plug-and-play functionality and brings stronger default security settings such as a hardened Internet Explorer, Windows Logon and buffer overrun protection, as well as a minimized operating system surface area to reduce system vulnerabilities. The OS also provides support for Windows Update. Users will also be able to install third-party security solutions from companies such as Computer Associates International Inc. and Sygate Inc.

With Windows Embedded for Point of Service, customers can lower service and maintenance costs through the use of familiar deployment technologies and management technologies such as Software Update Services (SUS) 2.0 and Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003. In addition, the Windows Embedded for Point of Service system offers a long support policy of 10 years.

Retail and hospitality organizations can also create new and richer interactive experiences at the point of service by utilizing the advanced multimedia technologies available in Windows Embedded for Point of Service including Windows Media; emerging technologies such as RFID and biometrics; and full network technology support for wireless communications. Retail-specific features such as remote boot, multiuser logon and dual-display support help to create a flexible POS environment that retail and hospitality organizations can use to interact with, support and provide additional value to customers in exciting, new ways.
In conjunction with the product launch, Microsoft is also announcing the availability of the Windows Embedded for Point of Service Product Catalog.



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