Microsoft Announces Availability of Windows XP Embedded

Redmond, Wash.- Microsoft Corp. kicked off the second annual Windows Embedded Developers Conference on Nov. 28 with a keynote address by Jim Allchin, group vp of the company's Platforms Division, announcing the availability of Windows XP Embedded.


Redmond, Wash. - Microsoft Corp. kicked off the second annual Windows Embedded Developers Conference on Nov. 28 with a keynote address by Jim Allchin, group vp of the company's Platforms Division, announcing the availability of Windows XP Embedded. Windows XP Embedded, the componentized version of the Windows XP operating system, enables rapid development of connected devices including retail point-of-sale devices, thin clients, gaming systems, self-service kiosks, industrial automation, residential gateways, and advanced set-top boxes.

In addition, Microsoft announced a free, except for shipping and handling, evaluation kit, as well as a 90-day promotional price of $995, estimated retail price, for the Windows XP Embedded tool suite to enable embedded developers to evaluate and build devices quickly and economically. Microsoft also announced new Windows XP Embedded training curriculum, a two-day hands-on course that provides in-depth Windows XP Embedded training for embedded developers from more than seven certified training companies worldwide.

'We committed to providing the latest Windows technologies to our embedded customers within 90 days of the general availability of Windows XP, and we are excited to launch Windows XP Embedded ahead of that commitment, within 35 days,' Mr. Allchin said. 'With our free evaluation kit, promotional tools pricing, and in-depth training curriculum, there's no better time for embedded developers to start building their next-generation, smart, connected devices.'

Based on the same features as Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Embedded enables embedded developers to use pre-built configurations or select from more than 10,000 components to provide the rich capabilities they need for customers, as well as build smaller footprint embedded devices. Windows XP Embedded includes multimedia, web browsing, power management, and broad device support. Windows XP Embedded also supports embedded-enabling capabilities such as headless support and flexible boot and storage options.

Windows XP Embedded includes all new developer tools. Its footprints extend from 4.8 MB for a minimum configuration to 14 MB for a basic Win32 system. A basic Win32 system with security infrastructure requires 25 MB and the full Win32 API set with the user interface, Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, Windows Media Player 8.0, Terminal Server client, USB support and SNMP support requires 70 MB.

Next-generation Windows Embedded platforms in development include Windows CE .NET, the next generation of the Windows CE operating systems and, Windows .NET Embedded Server, the componentized version of the next-generation Windows .NET Server platform.

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