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
Developer Microsoft Corporation
Working state Publicly released / Trialware
Source model Closed source / Shared source
Latest release 8.1 with Update (v6.3.9600) / April 16, 2014; 2 years ago (2014-04-16)[1]
Kernel type Hybrid
Default user interface Graphical
License Proprietary commercial software
Official website microsoft.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[2]
Extended support ended on April 12, 2016[2]
Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 Mainstream support ended on April 8, 2014[3]
Extended support ends on April 9, 2019[3]
Windows Embedded POSReady 7 Mainstream support ends on October 11, 2016[4]
Extended support ends on October 12, 2021[4]
Windows Embedded 8 Industry Support ended on January 12, 2016; must install Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry in order to continue receiving updates and support.[5][6][7]
Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Mainstream support ends on July 10, 2018[8][9]
Extended support ends on July 11, 2023[8][9]

Windows Embedded Industry, formerly Windows Embedded POSReady and Windows Embedded for Point of Service, is an operating system subfamily developed by Microsoft as part of its Windows Embedded family of products.[10] 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.[11] Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry was the last release with Windows 10 IoT Enterprise superseding both Windows Embedded Industry and Windows Embedded Standard.

Releases[edit]

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

Based on Windows XP with SP2 and designed for use in Point of Service situations, WEPOS expanded Microsofts Windows Embedded family of products. It was the first version of Windows Embedded that could use the Windows Update Agent to update an installed and deployed image.[12] Service Pack 3 (SP3) for WEPOS was released on October 8, 2008.[13] 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.[14] Windows Embedded for Point of Service was released on May 24, 2005.[15]

Windows Embedded POSReady 2009[edit]

Based on Windows XP with SP3, this version offers more features over Windows Embedded for Point of Service such as Full Localization and XPS support if .NET Framework 3.5 or higher is installed.[16] Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 was released on December 9, 2008.[15] Recently, people have used Regedit to fool Windows Update into thinking that their computer is using this OS when they are really using Windows XP so they can continue receiving security fixes for Windows XP until 2019, when Windows Embedded POSReady 2009's Extended Support is exhausted.[17][18][19] An unofficial SP4 for Windows XP also includes this Windows registry patch along with other post-EOL fixes for XP.[20] With WEPOS support having ended, POSReady 2009 and Windows Embedded Standard 2009 are the only XP derived operating systems still officially supported.

Windows Embedded POSReady 7[edit]

Windows Embedded POSReady 7 is the first version of Windows Embedded Industry to be based on the Windows 7 Platform.[21] It was released on July 1, 2011.[15]

Windows Embedded 8 Industry[edit]

Based on Windows 8,[22] Windows Embedded 8 Industry was released on April 2, 2013.[15][23] Available in both Pro and Enterprise versions.[6][7] The Pro version is only available pre-installed on OEM devices, while the Enterprise version is available through the volume licensing channel only. The Enterprise version also provides embedded-specific features designed to integrate seamlessly with Windows 8 Enterprise. Alaska Airlines uses Windows Embedded 8 Industry in-flight entertainment devices.[24]

Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry[edit]

Based on Windows 8.1,[22] Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry was released on October 17, 2013.[15] Like 8 Industry it's available in both Pro and Enterprise versions.[8][9] Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Update was released on April 16, 2014.[25]

System requirements
OS RAM HDD
Windows Embedded for Point of Service[26] 64 MB 380 MB
Windows Embedded POSReady 2009[27] 64 MB 480 MB
Windows Embedded POSReady 7[28] 1 GB 16 GB
Windows Embedded 8 Industry[29] 1 GB 16 GB
Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry[30] 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 "Microsoft Support Lifecycle for Windows Embedded for Point of Service". Microsoft. Retrieved January 30, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Microsoft Support Lifecycle for Windows Embedded POSReady 2009". Microsoft. Retrieved January 30, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Microsoft Support Lifecycle for Windows Embedded POSReady 7". Microsoft. Retrieved January 30, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Windows Products Support Lifecycle FAQ". Microsoft. Retrieved January 30, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Microsoft Support Lifecycle for Windows Embedded 8 Industry Enterprise". Microsoft. Retrieved January 30, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Microsoft Support Lifecycle for Windows Embedded 8 Industry Pro". Microsoft. Retrieved January 30, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c "Microsoft Support Lifecycle for Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Enterprise". Microsoft. Retrieved January 30, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c "Microsoft Support Lifecycle for Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro". Microsoft. Retrieved January 30, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Microsoft Maps Out Its Road Map for Windows Embedded Business". Wireless News. Close-Up Media, Inc. via HighBeam Research. Retrieved 5 May 2012.  (subscription required)
  11. ^ "Windows Embedded POSReady". Microsoft Website. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  12. ^ "Developing POS Applications with POS for .NET". Microsoft. Retrieved January 31, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Service Pack 3 for Windows Embedded for Point of Service". Microsoft Download Center. Retrieved January 30, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Internet Explorer Support Lifecycle Policy FAQ". Microsoft Lifecycle Support Website. Retrieved 2014-12-12. 
  15. ^ a b c d e "Windows Embedded Product Lifecycles & Support". Microsoft. Retrieved January 31, 2015. 
  16. ^ "POSReady 2009 vs WEPOS 1.1 SP3" (PDF). Microsoft Download Website. Retrieved 2014-12-12. 
  17. ^ "Simple Hack Gives Windows XP Users 5 More Years Support". Forbes. Retrieved December 20, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Windows XP rises from the grave: Simple hack gives you five more years of updates". extreme tech. Retrieved December 20, 2015. 
  19. ^ "How to continue getting free security updates for Windows XP -- until 2019". betanews. Retrieved December 20, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4". RyanVm Forums. Retrieved March 15, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Windows Embedded POSReady 7". Microsoft. Retrieved January 31, 2015. 
  22. ^ a b "Windows Embedded 8 Industry". Microsoft. Retrieved January 31, 2015. 
  23. ^ Volpe, Joseph. "Windows Embedded 8 Industry scheduled for release first week of April". Engadget. AOL Inc. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  24. ^ Al-Riyami, Fahad (26 March 2015). "Microsoft details Alaska Airlines new Windows-powered in-flight entertainment tablets.". WinBeta. 
  25. ^ "Windows 8.1 Update: WSUS Availability, Extended Deployment Timing". Microsoft. Retrieved January 31, 2015. 
  26. ^ "Hardware Requirements for Windows Embedded for Point of Service (WEPOS)". MSDN. Retrieved January 31, 2015. 
  27. ^ "Before You Install POSReady". MSDN. Retrieved January 31, 2015. 
  28. ^ "Requirements for a POSReady 7 Device (POSReady 7)". MSDN. Retrieved January 31, 2015. 
  29. ^ "Requirements (Industry 8)". MSDN. Retrieved January 31, 2015. 
  30. ^ "Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry (Industry 8.1)". MSDN. Retrieved January 31, 2015. 

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