General availability of Windows Embedded Compact 2013 announced

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Windows Embedded

In an official press release, Microsoft has announced the general availability of Windows Embedded Compact 2013. This operating system will include powerful new tools, including support for Visual Studio 2012, as well as major improvements to device functionality.

“Performance was a particular focus in this release. We have spent countless hours optimizing our code to greatly improve system and network performance, making applications feel snappier,” Microsoft’s Steven Bridgeland stated. He’s the senior product manager for Windows Embedded.

In case you were wondering, Windows Embedded Compact 2013 is ideal for powering “programmable logic controllers and human-machine interface panels used to monitor processes in manufacturing, RFID scanners in retail environments, and portable ultrasound machines and diagnostic lab equipment in healthcare settings.”

The operating system features better memory management and networking capabilities, improved file-system performance, optimized start up times, built-in support for WiFi, cellular and Bluetooth technologies.

Windows Embedded, the operating system used for kiosks and point-of-sale terminals, will also be receiving the Windows Blue treatment. Windows Blue is set to bring forth updates to Windows 8 later this year. Microsoft is expected to showcase a preview build of Windows Blue during Build 2013 developer conference in June. As the months go by, we are sure to hear more about Windows Embedded Blue, so stay tuned!