Windows Embedded Standard 8 Second Community Technology Preview Now Available

There seems to be lot of developments going on at Microsoft as far as Windows 8 in concerned. Fans could be eagerly waiting to see the complete version of Windows 8. However it looks like we are inching closer towards the final releases as Microsoft announces a CTP version of Window 8 and the Second Community Technology Preview for Windows Embedded Standard 8.

There are many enhancements being done in this release and something that is worth noticing is the new category of business solution called as intelligent systems, where specialized devices connect with back-end technologies such as servers and databases. This CTP 2 delivers the power of Windows for specialized devices running business applications within intelligent systems.

With Windows Embedded, Microsoft looks committed in pioneering the specialized devices and the intelligent systems. And with the power of Windows 8 you can develop smart devices leveraging the power of Windows.

Companies, designers, developers and manufacturers who deal with coming up with smart devices that can interact with the business infrastructure can improve their device capabilities and capitalize more. In parallel, Microsoft also delivers platforms that provide the power of Windows to create specialized, differentiated enterprise devices within intelligent systems, including digital signage, kiosks, point of service, medical devices, thin clients and others.

Well here are some of the features Microsoft ships with the Windows 8 Embedded.

  • Targeted and consistent device configuration with lockdown features to meet enterprise needs
  • Immersive line of business user experiences with multi-touch, rich applications, Windows Internet Explorer and other Microsoft technologies
  • Technologies such as mobile broadband to help devices stay connected

Microsoft says that ever since the launch of the first CTP more than 6000 developers have downloaded Windows Embedded and started working with it, however with the new features coming up now, the numbers are expected to rise.

Here is the download page for the CTP-2.

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