The latest release of Microsoft Windows, Windows 7, reached general retail availability on 22nd October, 2009 after being released to manufacturing on 22nd July in the same year.  The power, reliability and familiarity of the Windows 7 Operating system is delivered by the Windows Embedded Standard 7 in a componentized form for creating advanced consumer and commercial devices running lots of existing Windows applications or drivers. The Windows Embedded Standard 7 uses a perfect platform to fit into existing customer infrastructure. The existing Windows applications and drivers may range from Thin Clients to Multi Function printers.

Features of Windows Embedded Standard 7

First of all, it provides a support for multiple processor architecture like x64 and x86. It also helps in enhancing the develop experience through the Image Building Wizard (IBW) for fast prototyping and an Image Configuration Editor (ICE) for advanced configuration.

It contains the latest desktop technology innovations like Internet Explorer 8, Windows Media Player 12, Silverlight 3, Remote Desktop Protocol 7, and .net Framework 3.5 SP1. It has a variety of other special-purpose devices such as Enhanced Write Filter, Registry Filter, Hibernate Once Resume Many (HORM), Dialog Filter, and more than 450 driver sets to accompany a growing set of device hardware.

The drivers and applications for Windows 7 can work on Windows Embedded Standard 7 without difficulty and being rather convenient and less time consuming. It also provides support for Active Directory, Group Policies, IPv6 and Network Access Protection to enable connectivity, along with manageability with Windows Server, System Center Configuration Manager and Windows Server Update Services.

Through Windows Touch and Windows Aero, it enables a rich and interactive user experience. For a new and innovative user experience, it provides with a stable framework Windows Presentation Foundation. It also has a better and more efficient Power management system through APIs that build applications to improve idle time on the CPU.

Advantages of Windows Embedded Standard 7

By taking advantage of a familiar set of tools, it helps to improve your knowledge of Visual Studio and other technologies including Internet Explorer, Microsoft Silverlight, Windows Media Player and the .net Framework.

The size of the Embedded OS footprint on the device can be optimized by using only those components that are required. You can reduce development time and lower hardware costs by selecting only the services, drivers and applications you need. It is cost effective as well because the runtime licence costs are determined per unit shipped.

You can now connect with many common industry standards along with several Microsoft desktop and server technologies. This leads to lower costs in application development, operating system deployment, maintenance and servicing.

The new features provide a more fascinating and enhanced media experience, terrific user interfaces and rich, interactive applications.

The new features and advantages not only ensure user satisfaction and a flexible platform for developers, but also help in up gradation of the users’ skills to assist and prepare them for the next generation of devices.