What is Embedded

  • Windows Embedded is a family of operating systems that offer familiar tools and technologies for developers to quickly bring the next generation of smart, connected, service-oriented devices to market.
  • Windows Embedded enables interoperability with industry standards and Microsoft technologies, enabling connectivity to PCs, services, servers, and other devices.
  • Windows Embedded is backed by worldwide support from Windows Embedded Partners and an active development community.
  • Windows Embedded products are generally available and supported for 10 years.

Advantages of Embedded

  • Cost effective
  • Simple licensing model

  • Long product availability
  • Full Windows 10 Enterprise functionality

  • Improved security and stability through additional built in lockdown features

Definition of Embedded

  • The device must have a primary dedicated function

  • The operating system must be pre-installed
  • Can not be used as a general purpose pc

Availability

IoT / Embedded
License End of life (EOL) End of free Mainstream Support End of free Extended Support ESU Availability
Windows 10 IoT Enterprise SAC 5 years after release 10 years after release  
Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 2019 LTSC 01.10.2028 2023 2028  
Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 2016 LTSB 31.07.2026 2021 2026  
Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 2015 LTSB (category based) 31.07.2017 2020 2025  
Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 2015 LTSB (value based) 31.07.2025 2020 2025  
Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro 2028 10.07.2018 11.07.2023  
Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro Retail 2028 10.07.2018 11.07.2023  
Windows Embedded 8 Standard 2028 10.07.2018 11.07.2023  
Windows Embedded Standard 7 27.07.2025 13.10.2015 13.10.2020 Yes
Windows Embedded POSReady 7 10.09.2026 11.10.2016 12.10.2021 Yes
Windows Embedded Standard 2009 08.01.2024 11.01.2014 08.01.2019  
Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 11.02.2024 08.04.2014 09.04.2019  
Windows XP Embedded 30.01.2017 11.01.2011 12.01.2016  
Compact
License End of life (EOL) End of free Mainstream Support End of free Extended Support ESU Availability
Windows Embedded Compact 2013 31.05.2028 09.10.2018 10.10.2023  
Windows Embedded Compact 7 28.02.2026 12.04.2016 13.04.2021  
Windows Embedded CE 6.0 28.02.2022 09.04.2013 10.04.2018  
Windows CE 5.0 31.08.2019 13.10.2009 14.10.2014  
FES
License End of life (EOL) End of free Mainstream Support End of free Extended Support ESU Availability
Windows Embedded 8.1 Pro 2028 09.01.2018 10.01.2023  
Windows 7 Professional for Embedded Systems 30.09.2024 13.01.2015 14.01.2020 yes
Windows 7 Ultimate for Embedded Systems 30.09.2024 13.01.2015 14.01.2020 yes
Windows XP Professional for Embedded Systems 31.12.2016 14.04.2009 08.04.2014  
Server
License End of life (EOL) End of free Mainstream Support End of free Extended Support ESU Availability
Windows Server IoT 2019 12/31/2029 01/09/2024 01/09/2029  
Windows Server IoT 2019 for Storage 12/31/2029 01/09/2024 01/09/2029  
SQL Server IoT 2019 12/31/2030 01/07/2025 01/08/2030  
SQL Server 2017 IoT 11/30/2032 10/11/2022 10/12/2027  
Windows Server 2016 Standard 12/31/2031 01/11/2022 01/12/2027  
Windows Storage Server 2016 Standard 12/31/2023 01/11/2022 01/12/2027  
Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems Standard 6/30/2027 10/09/2018 10/10/2023  
Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Standard 12/31/2020 10/09/2018 10/10/2023  
SQL Server 2012 for Embedded Systems 3/31/2027 10/10/2017 10/10/2022