While many of us are eagerly looking forward to the release of Windows 8.1 on October 18th, Microsoft is also set to roll 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.
On September 9th, Microsoft released Windows 8.1 RTM to MSDN and TechNet, after an outcry from app developers. On the same day, Microsoft rolled out Windows Embedded 8.1 RTM and Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems RTM, also available to MSDN subscribers. The majority of us don't have to worry about this operating system, is it still great to see Microsoft offer the improvements seen in Windows 8.1 for the embedded industry.
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.
Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Embedded 8.1 are set for general availability on October 18th.