Windows Embedded 8.1 has now reached general availability. New versions of Windows Embedded 8.1 Pro and Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro (and Retail) are now available to order. Microsoft has detailled all new technical features in Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro (Retail) in the following blog post: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windows-embedded/archive/2013/09/05/what-s-new-for-windows-embedded-8-1.aspx
Microsoft has published a new blog post that details the new “Assigned Access” feature in Windows Embedded 8.1 (Pro and Industry). Assigned Access allows you to setup an Windows 8 App as the default shell for a specific user. Once an assigned access user logs in he is immediately in the configured application (without Start Screen or classic desktop). This enables and easy additional lockdown for specific users! More details are available in the original post: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windows-embedded/archive/2013/10/16/windows-embedded-8-1-assigned-access-and-windows-embedded-lockdown.aspx
If you have followed my previous guide to install flash player on Windows Embedded 8 Standard you will notice that it will work for most sites but unfortunately not for all of them. However I have found a new workaround that is working for all websites. Please contact us to retrieve the whitepaper with the guide how to fix Flash Player.
Microsoft has published the RTM version of Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry for all MSDN and Technet subscribers. You can already download and test the new final version to ensure that your applications will work on the new OS when it becomes generally available in October. Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry is based on Windows 8.1 but comes with the Embedded Lockdown features to secure your device and allow additional branding.
All Windows Embedded 8 products are compatible with Windows 8 Pro – however they differ in flexibility, tools, features and licensing. We have created a summary page including a comparison matrix that allows you to see the main differences between all Windows Embedded 8 products. This helps you to find the correct operating system more easily. Have a look at the page at www.elbacom.com/we8
Microsoft announced today that Windows Embedded 8.1 has been finalized. The new version will be available to OEMs on October 16th 2013. To read the full statement please have a look at the Microsoft Windows Embedded Blog article “Leverage the power of Windows Embedded 8.1 “
Microsoft has released the preview version of Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro. You can download the new bits after registration from http://www.microsoft.com/windowsembedded/en-us/windows-embedded-8-industry.aspx. The new version contains all features from Windows 8.1 to the Embedded version of the product and adds the lockdown capabilities that are needed in an embedded environment. Be sure to download the preview version to be ready once the final product gets released!
Microsoft has released the final version of Windows Embedded Compact 2013. The new version of the real-time operating system can now be build using the latest version of Visual Studio. To find out more and download an evaluation version please have a look at the Microsoft Windows Embedded website: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsembedded/en-us/windows-embedded-compact-2013.aspx
We have added a detailed presentation about our Unique Tools. You can get a quick deep dive into what the tools do and for which operating systems they can be used. Simply go to http://www.elbacom.com/embedded/products/tools/uniquetoolsoverview and have a look!
In case you want to update your Windows Embedded 8 Standard image in the field, you will need to re-activate your image. This can be tricky, if your device has no internet connection and would require to do the activation by phone. Also it limits the possibility of doing automated image updates. Therefore we have created a white paper explaining how to backup and restore your Windows 8 activation. Please remember that the activation is unique to each device.