By Nelson Lin, Senior Partner Technology Manager, Microsoft
For industrial PCs and purpose-built devices, Microsoft releases an exclusive version of their embedded operating system—Windows Embedded Standard 7 (WES 7). It’s worth noting that the upcoming WES 7 OS adopts the same kernel technologies as the latest Windows 7 which was launched at the end of 2009 and is very popular in the consumer PC market. As a result, the new version of WES 7 OS provides the complete functions of Windows 7 and embedded devices with WES 7 can take advantage of those features creating new business opportunities.
In accordance with established rules, the original name of the new OS should be Windows Embedded Standard 2011. Based on the overall strategy, Microsoft decided to rename it, so as to share some of the success of its big brother Windows 7. Moreover the new name, WES 7 can be easily associated with Windows 7. WES 7 can deliver many of the significant technologies of Windows 7 because the core programs of WES 7 were re-written by Microsoft as Windows 7 was being developed.