Along with the release of Windows 8.1 earlier today, Microsoft has also rolled out Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry for embedded OEMs. This operating system offers the “Windows Blue” treatment to Windows Embedded 8.0, the operating system used for kiosks and point-of-sale terminals.
“With the release of Windows 8.1 and Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry, Microsoft achieves a tremendous milestone: The simultaneous availability of the latest Windows technologies across a wide array of hardware for consumers and for businesses, from the convenience and mobility of tablets and 2-in-1s, to the productive experience expected from laptops and all-in-ones, to ATMs, POS terminals, sonograms and other specialized industry devices,” Microsoft stated in an official blog post.
Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry adds enhanced security, deeper lockdown controls and customizable scenarios, along with expanded peripheral capabilities and better management. The operating system also has an updated user experience, updated charms, improved multi-monitor support, and Internet Explorer 11. There is also improved connectivity and mobility with roaming enhancements, Bluetooth 4.0 support, and NFC printer support.
Most of us wont have to worry about this operating system, but embedded OEMs can now update to Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry to provide a better kiosk and point-of-sale terminal experience.Further reading: Microsoft, Windows 8.1