Windows Embedded Standard 7 brings Media Center to TVs, set-top boxes

Windows Embedded Standard 7 brings Media Center to TVs, set-top boxes

Summary: Microsoft has released to manufacturing its Windows Embedded Standard 7 product, which is targeted at OEMs who want to include Windows 7 features and capabilities in their TVs, set-top boxes and other specialized devices.

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Microsoft has released to manufacturing its Windows Embedded Standard 7 product, which is targeted at OEMs who want to include Windows 7 features and capabilities in their TVs, set-top boxes and other specialized devices.

Windows Embedded Standard 7 -- the product formerly known as Windowd Embedded Standard 2011 and codenamed "Quebec" -- is a componentized version of Windows 7.

Among the features in the initial Community Technology Preview (CTP) were support for Active Directory group policies, better interop with Terminal Services and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and support for Windows 7 features like Aero, Windows Touch, IE 8 and more.

As noted on "The Digital Lifestyle" blog, with the Embedded Standard 7 release includes Windows Media Center "so device manufactures can embedded Media Center directly in to their devices and build dedicated Windows Media Center boxes" that aren't PCs.

Windows Embedded Standard 7 is not to be confused with Windows Compact Edition 7, the product codenamed “Chelan”. The Compact Edition product, also due out this year, is what’s been embedded inside Windows Mobile and the Zune product lines, as well as in a variety of third-party devices.

Topics: Windows, Hardware, Microsoft, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • MS going into the hardware business?

    I think it might be a good idea for MS to go into the hardware business. (Maybe through a partnership, investment, or some other means.) However instead of trying to sell finished products, it might make sense for MS to create product shells that manufacturers can simply customize and bring to finished products fairly quickly. MS could possibly make money by finding ways to reduce costs through things like scale and miniaturization - while pocketing the savings. MS would be able to bring products it envisions to market quickly. MS could more easily ensure the quality of products that use its software. MS could strike subscription deals with service providers, and incorporate services like Xbox Live into the technologies. MS could do the above for Windows phones, iPad competitors, set top boxes, TV sets, etc.
    P. Douglas
    • They've been in that field for a while now

      with Microsoft Mediaroom, things like that.
      John Zern
      • I believe Mediaroom is just software ...

        ... I'm talking about integrated software / hardware solutions that incorporate a lot of design work, that manufacturers would no longer have to do.
        P. Douglas
  • RE: Windows Embedded Standard 7 brings Media Center to TVs, set-top boxes

    First Windows 7 Embedded Media Center Device:

    http://www.mce-community.de/mceBlog/index.php?/archives/2461-Windows-7-Embedded-Media-Center-REC-von-Reycom-!.html

    @usa
    usamce