Microsoft released additional language packs for Windows Embedded 8 Standard which are available for download from MyOEM:
The following languages are available:
If you configure an automatic logon on Windows Embedded 8 Standard (e.g. with control UserPasswords) right after the installation you will notice that your configuration gets lost after the reboot. Then you will need to reconfigure the automatic logon again.
The reason for this behavior is that the setup creates the AutoAdminLogonCount value in the registry (HKLM\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\Winlogon) which is set to 0 after the first start. If you setup the AutoLogon now it will disappear after a reboot. The solution is to either do an additional reboot first or to delete the entry in the registry.
If you try to install Adobe Flash in Windows Embedded 8 Standard you will most likely get to the troubleshooting website of Windows 8. All solutions posted there will not work and if you try to install the KB2758994 you will see the error message “The update is not applicable to your computer.”.
There is an easy way to solve it if you need Flash in your application. Go to http://get2.adobe.com/flashplayer/otherversions/ and download the Internet Explorer version for Windows 7.
With this the installation will succeed and you will be able to use Flash Player properly.
Microsoft has released the next version of Windows Embedded POSReady which is now named Windows Embedded 8 Industry Pro. This new version is built upon the reliable Windows 8 operating system. With the Retail SKU it is specifically targeted for Point of Service devices which can be kiosks, scanners, POS terminals, and many more. The Pro SKU can be used for creating ATMs, medical devices or for devices made for the manufacturing industry.
To start testing you can download the evaluation version from getwindowsembedded8.com.
Windows Embedded 8 Standard is available for ordering starting today. Download the toolkit for free from the Microsoft Windows Embedded website and start developing the next generation embedded devices!
For more information visit our Windows Embedded 8 Standard info page: http://www.elbacom.com/embedded/products/wes/wes8
Microsoft released the Windows Embedded 8 Industry – Release Preview which includes a new touch-friendly setup experience. The new UI also enables you to activate the Lockdown Features prior installation – including the Unified Write Filter, Keyboard Filter and Gesture Filter.
Here is a short guide to install Windows Embedded 8 Industry – Release Preview:
Windows Embedded 8 Industry lets you add and remove features very easily. Microsoft used the “Turn Windows Features on or off” dialog for this. Just type “Turn Windows Features on or off” on the start screen, go into the settings results and launch the feature. From there you can easily uninstall Internet Explorer or add other features such as the IIS.
The Embedded Lockdown features can be easily configured by using the Embedded Lockdown Manager which you can reach through the Administrative Tools Control Panel. From there you can configure the Unified Write Filter, Keyboard Filter, Shell Launcher and Dialog Filter.
Microsoft just released the Community Technical Preview (CTP) of Windows Embedded 8 Industry. The product is the successor of Microsoft Windows Embedded POSReady products which are specifically targeted for verticals such as Retail, Medical or Financial devices.
More information and the download is available on the Microsoft Windows Embedded website: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsembedded/en-us/evaluate/windows-embedded-8-industry.aspx
Microsoft is pleased to recognize and award its Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs). The MVP Award is given to thank individuals for their exceptional contributions to technical communities worldwide. When a community participant sees an MVP in a technical community, whether in a newsgroup, as a user group host, a conference speaker, or a respondent in forums, that community participant can be confident that the information shared by the MVP will be of the highest caliber and will help every user make the most of the technology. Worldwide more than 100 million users participate in technical communities; 65 of these users are active Microsoft MVPs in the category Windows Embedded.