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

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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Written by Mary Jo Foley, Contributor on

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.

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