Microsoft Announces Windows XP Embedded Rapid Development Program

Bally Gaming and Systems, Fujitsu Siemens, National Semiconductor, SCM

Microsystems, Siemens AG, Toshiba TEC, VenturCom, ViewSonic and Wyse

Technology to Participate



Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Microsoft Corp.

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at the Embedded Systems
 Conference (ESC) San Francisco 2001, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:   MSFT) unveiled
 the creation of the Windows(R) XP Embedded Rapid Development Program (RDP).
 Incorporating industry-leading original equipment manufacturers, systems
 integrators and silicon vendors, the Windows XP Embedded RDP is designed to
 gather in-depth technical feedback from industry partners and customers that
 are actively developing products and services on the current and future beta
 versions of Microsoft(R) Windows XP Embedded.  Current participants include
 Bally Gaming and Systems, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, National Semiconductor
 Corp., SCM Microsystems Inc., Siemens AG, Toshiba TEC, VenturCom Inc.,
 ViewSonic Corp. and Wyse Technology Inc.  These companies will deliver
 products and services ranging from Windows-based terminals to advanced set-top
 boxes when Windows XP Embedded ships, which is currently slated to occur
 within 90 days of the release of the Windows XP desktop in the second half of
 this year.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO )
     "Windows XP Embedded is a major release, and the Windows XP Embedded RDP
 is a key initiative helping ensure that design scenarios have been thoroughly
 tested when the product ships," said Bill Veghte, vice president of the
 Embedded and Appliance Platforms Group at Microsoft.  "This is the first time
 we have run a program like this in the embedded space and we are excited to
 have these key industry partners participating closely in the development
 process."
     Windows XP Embedded, formerly code-named "Whistler Embedded," is the
 embedded version of the Windows XP desktop client platform.  Similar to the
 general-purpose offerings, the embedded client and server versions are being
 developed on separate development schedules.  Currently in beta 1, Windows XP
 Embedded is being developed around three primary design goals:  increased
 componentization, delivery of the latest Windows technology to the embedded
 space in a timely manner, and reduced time to market via new development and
 authoring tools.  Windows XP Embedded beta 1 is focused on key client
 scenarios such as Windows-based terminals, advanced set-top boxes and retail
 point-of-sale kiosks.
 
     About the Microsoft Windows Embedded Family
     The Microsoft Windows Embedded operating systems and tools offer
 comprehensive software platforms for building the next generation of
 intelligent, 32-bit connected Windows Powered devices that demand rich
 applications and Internet services for a wide range of flexible solutions.  In
 addition, Microsoft offers a wide range of programs and services designed to
 meet the specific needs of Windows Embedded customers, industry partners and
 developers.  Windows Embedded includes Windows CE 3.0 and Windows NT(R)
 Embedded 4.0.
 
     About Microsoft
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services
 and Internet technologies for personal and business computing.  The company
 offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people
 through great software -- any time, any place and on any device.
     NOTE:  Microsoft, Windows and Windows NT are either registered trademarks
 or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.
     The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE Microsoft Corp.
    SAN FRANCISCO, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at the Embedded Systems
 Conference (ESC) San Francisco 2001, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:   MSFT) unveiled
 the creation of the Windows(R) XP Embedded Rapid Development Program (RDP).
 Incorporating industry-leading original equipment manufacturers, systems
 integrators and silicon vendors, the Windows XP Embedded RDP is designed to
 gather in-depth technical feedback from industry partners and customers that
 are actively developing products and services on the current and future beta
 versions of Microsoft(R) Windows XP Embedded.  Current participants include
 Bally Gaming and Systems, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, National Semiconductor
 Corp., SCM Microsystems Inc., Siemens AG, Toshiba TEC, VenturCom Inc.,
 ViewSonic Corp. and Wyse Technology Inc.  These companies will deliver
 products and services ranging from Windows-based terminals to advanced set-top
 boxes when Windows XP Embedded ships, which is currently slated to occur
 within 90 days of the release of the Windows XP desktop in the second half of
 this year.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO )
     "Windows XP Embedded is a major release, and the Windows XP Embedded RDP
 is a key initiative helping ensure that design scenarios have been thoroughly
 tested when the product ships," said Bill Veghte, vice president of the
 Embedded and Appliance Platforms Group at Microsoft.  "This is the first time
 we have run a program like this in the embedded space and we are excited to
 have these key industry partners participating closely in the development
 process."
     Windows XP Embedded, formerly code-named "Whistler Embedded," is the
 embedded version of the Windows XP desktop client platform.  Similar to the
 general-purpose offerings, the embedded client and server versions are being
 developed on separate development schedules.  Currently in beta 1, Windows XP
 Embedded is being developed around three primary design goals:  increased
 componentization, delivery of the latest Windows technology to the embedded
 space in a timely manner, and reduced time to market via new development and
 authoring tools.  Windows XP Embedded beta 1 is focused on key client
 scenarios such as Windows-based terminals, advanced set-top boxes and retail
 point-of-sale kiosks.
 
     About the Microsoft Windows Embedded Family
     The Microsoft Windows Embedded operating systems and tools offer
 comprehensive software platforms for building the next generation of
 intelligent, 32-bit connected Windows Powered devices that demand rich
 applications and Internet services for a wide range of flexible solutions.  In
 addition, Microsoft offers a wide range of programs and services designed to
 meet the specific needs of Windows Embedded customers, industry partners and
 developers.  Windows Embedded includes Windows CE 3.0 and Windows NT(R)
 Embedded 4.0.
 
     About Microsoft
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services
 and Internet technologies for personal and business computing.  The company
 offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people
 through great software -- any time, any place and on any device.
     NOTE:  Microsoft, Windows and Windows NT are either registered trademarks
 or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.
     The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 SOURCE  Microsoft Corp.

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