Windows Embedded Industry

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Windows Embedded Industry
A version of the Windows Embedded operating system
POSReady.PNG
A screenshot of Windows Embedded POSReady 2009
DeveloperMicrosoft Corporation
Working statePublicly released / Trialware
Source model
Latest release8.1 with Update (v6.3.9600) / April 16, 2014; 7 years ago (2014-04-16)[1]
Kernel typeHybrid
Default user interfaceGraphical
LicenseProprietary commercial software
Succeeded byWindows 10 IoT Enterprise
Official websitemicrosoft.com/windowsembedded/en-us/evaluate/windows-embedded-pos-ready.aspx
Support status
Windows Embedded for Point of Service (WEPOS)Mainstream support ended on April 12, 2011 (2011-04-12)[2]
Extended support ended on April 12, 2016 (2016-04-12)[2]
Windows Embedded POSReady 2009Mainstream support ended on April 8, 2014 (2014-04-08)[3]
Extended support ended on April 9, 2019 (2019-04-09)[3]
Windows Embedded POSReady 7Mainstream support ended on October 11, 2016 (2016-10-11)[4]
Extended support until October 12, 2021[4]
Extended Security Updates (ESU) support until October 14, 2024[5]
Windows Embedded 8 IndustrySupport ended on January 12, 2016 (2016-01-12); must install Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry in order to continue receiving updates and support.[6][7][8]
Windows Embedded 8.1 IndustryMainstream support ended on July 10, 2018 (2018-07-10)[9][10]
Extended support until July 11, 2023[9][10]

Windows Embedded Industry, formerly Windows Embedded POSReady and Windows Embedded for Point of Service (WEPOS), is an operating system subfamily developed by Microsoft as part of its Windows Embedded family of products.[11] Based on Windows NT, Windows Embedded Industry is designed for use in industrial devices such as cash registers, automated teller machines, and self service checkouts.[12] Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry was the last release, with Windows 10 IoT Enterprise superseding Windows Embedded Industry, Windows Embedded Standard, and Windows For Embedded Systems (FES).

Releases[edit]

Windows Embedded for Point of Service (WEPOS)[edit]

Windows Embedded for Point of Service was released on May 24, 2005.[13][2] Based on Windows XP with SP2 and designed for use in Point of Service situations, WEPOS expanded Microsoft's Windows Embedded family of products. It was the first edition of Windows Embedded that could use the Windows Update Agent to update an installed and deployed image.[14] Service Pack 3 (SP3) for WEPOS was released on October 8, 2008.[15] When the new Microsoft Lifecycle Support policy for Internet Explorer went into effect on January 12, 2016, IE6 support was dropped from not only WEPOS, but all other supported platforms. WEPOS was also the last supported platform for IE7 after this date.[16]

Windows Embedded POSReady 2009[edit]

Based on Windows XP with SP3, this edition offers more features over Windows Embedded for Point of Service such as Full Localization, Internet Explorer 7 and XPS support if .NET Framework 3.5 or higher is installed.[17] Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 was released on December 9, 2008.[13] Prior to XP's end of support, some Windows XP users have reported that the Regedit tool on their operating system can be used to 'trick' Windows Update into accepting updates targeting POSReady 2009, though it can break some older applications.[18][19][20] POSReady 2009 is also notable as being the last XP derived operating system to receive official support from Microsoft. Starting in 2017, Microsoft announced end of support for POSReady 2009. Extended support for Windows Embedded POSReady 2009--the last supported edition of Windows based on Windows XP--ended on April 9, 2019, marking the final end of the Windows XP codebase after 17 years, 7 months, and 16 days.[3]

Windows Embedded POSReady 7[edit]

A screenshot of Windows POSReady 7. It is very similar to Windows 7 apart from elements that are shown in the taskbar.

Windows Embedded POSReady 7 is based on Windows 7 with SP1.[21] It was released on July 1, 2011. It is the last supported edition of Windows based on Windows 7 to receive official support from Microsoft. Mainstream support for Windows Embedded POSReady 7 ended on October 11, 2016 (2016-10-11)[4] and extended support ends on October 12, 2021.[22] Windows Embedded POSReady 7 is eligible for the Extended Security Updates service. This service is available via OEMs, in yearly installments. Security updates are available for the operating system until at most October 14, 2024.[5] This will mark the final end of the Windows 7 codebase after 15 years, 2 months, and 22 days.

Windows Embedded 8 Industry[edit]

Based on Windows 8,[23] Windows Embedded 8 Industry was released on April 2, 2013[13][24] and is available in Pro, Pro Retail, and Enterprise editions.[7][8][25] The Pro and Pro Retail editions are only available pre-installed on OEM devices, while the Enterprise edition is available through the volume licensing channel only. The Pro Retail edition adds a few extra features for use in retail environments, while the Enterprise edition provides embedded-specific features designed to integrate seamlessly with Windows 8 Enterprise. Alaska Airlines uses Windows Embedded 8 Industry in-flight entertainment devices.[26] Support ended on January 12, 2016; users must install Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry in order to continue receiving updates and support. IE11 was made available only for Windows Server 2012 and Windows Embedded 8 Standard in April 2019. It is the only supported version of Internet Explorer on these operating systems since January 31, 2020.[27][28]

Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry[edit]

Based on Windows 8.1,[23] Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry was released on October 17, 2013 by Microsoft as a component of the operating system itself.[13] As with 8 Industry, it is available in Pro, Pro Retail, and Enterprise editions.[9][10] Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Update was released on April 16, 2014.[29] Mainstream support for Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry ended on July 10, 2018 and extended support ends on July 11, 2023.[9][10]

Windows IoT Enterprise[edit]

Microsoft rebranded "Windows Embedded" to "Windows IoT" starting with the release of embedded editions of Windows 10. Windows IoT Enterprise acts as the successor to Windows Embedded Industry.

System requirements[edit]

System requirements
OS RAM HDD
Windows Embedded for Point of Service[30] 64 MB 380 MB
Windows Embedded POSReady 2009[31] 64 MB 480 MB
Windows Embedded POSReady 7[32] 1 GB 16 GB
Windows Embedded 8 Industry[33] 1 GB 16 GB
Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry[34] 1 GB 16 GB

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://blogs.windows.com/itpro/2014/04/16/windows-8-1-update-wsus-availability-extended-deployment-timing/
  2. ^ a b c "Microsoft Support Lifecycle for Windows Embedded for Point of Service". Microsoft. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Microsoft Support Lifecycle for Windows Embedded POSReady 2009". Microsoft. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "Microsoft Support Lifecycle for Windows Embedded POSReady 7". Microsoft. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Lifecycle FAQ-Extended Security Updates". support.microsoft.com. Retrieved August 11, 2020. The Extended Security Update (ESU) program is a last resort option for customers who need to run certain legacy Microsoft products past the end of support.
  6. ^ "Windows Products Support Lifecycle FAQ". Microsoft. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Microsoft Support Lifecycle for Windows Embedded 8 Industry Enterprise". Microsoft. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Microsoft Support Lifecycle for Windows Embedded 8 Industry Pro". Microsoft. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  9. ^ a b c d "Microsoft Support Lifecycle for Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Enterprise". Microsoft. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  10. ^ a b c d "Microsoft Support Lifecycle for Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro". Microsoft. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  11. ^ "Microsoft Maps Out Its Road Map for Windows Embedded Business". Wireless News. Close-Up Media, Inc. via HighBeam Research. Archived from the original on 29 June 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2012. (subscription required)
  12. ^ "Windows Embedded POSReady". Microsoft Website. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  13. ^ a b c d "Windows Embedded Product Lifecycles & Support". Microsoft. Retrieved January 31, 2015.
  14. ^ "Developing POS Applications with POS for .NET". Microsoft. Retrieved January 31, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "Service Pack 3 for Windows Embedded for Point of Service". Microsoft Download Center. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  16. ^ "Internet Explorer Support Lifecycle Policy FAQ". Microsoft Lifecycle Support Website. Retrieved 2014-12-12.
  17. ^ "POSReady 2009 vs WEPOS 1.1 SP3" (PDF). Microsoft Download Website. Retrieved 2014-12-12.
  18. ^ "Simple Hack Gives Windows XP Users 5 More Years Support". Forbes. Retrieved December 20, 2015.
  19. ^ "Windows XP rises from the grave: Simple hack gives you five more years of updates". extreme tech. Retrieved December 20, 2015.
  20. ^ "How to continue getting free security updates for Windows XP -- until 2019". betanews. Retrieved December 20, 2015.
  21. ^ "Windows Embedded POSReady 7". Microsoft. Retrieved January 31, 2015.
  22. ^ https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/search?alpha=Windows%20Embedded%207
  23. ^ a b "Windows Embedded 8 Industry". Microsoft. Retrieved January 31, 2015.
  24. ^ Volpe, Joseph. "Windows Embedded 8 Industry scheduled for release first week of April". Engadget. AOL Inc. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  25. ^ "Windows Products Support Lifecycle FAQ". Microsoft. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  26. ^ Al-Riyami, Fahad (26 March 2015). "Microsoft details Alaska Airlines new Windows-powered in-flight entertainment tablets". WinBeta.
  27. ^ Tung, Liam. "Microsoft makes final push to rid world of Internet Explorer 10". ZDNet. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  28. ^ "Lifecycle FAQ". support.microsoft.com. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  29. ^ "Windows 8.1 Update: WSUS Availability, Extended Deployment Timing". Microsoft. Retrieved January 31, 2015.
  30. ^ "Hardware Requirements for Windows Embedded for Point of Service (WEPOS)". MSDN. Retrieved January 31, 2015.
  31. ^ "Before You Install POSReady". MSDN. Retrieved January 31, 2015.
  32. ^ "Requirements for a POSReady 7 Device (POSReady 7)". MSDN. Retrieved January 31, 2015.
  33. ^ "Requirements (Industry 8)". MSDN. Retrieved January 31, 2015.
  34. ^ "Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry (Industry 8.1)". MSDN. Retrieved January 31, 2015.

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