One of Microsoft’s tidy little businesses that you don’t hear too much about is providing operating systems for retail point of sale devices. Today, they released a new version with a typical Microsoft elongated name – Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 which replaces the old Windows Embedded for Point of Service:
Today, at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Annual Convention & Expo, Microsoft Corp. announced the availability of the latest offering from its Windows Embedded Ready product line for key device categories, Windows Embedded POSReady 2009, the next generation of Windows Embedded for Point of Service (POS). Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 is Microsoft’s embedded operating system optimized for OEMs building POS solutions and enterprises using POS devices. This next-generation POS platform is a flexible operating system designed to seamlessly connect POS solutions with peripherals, servers and services.
In addition, the company announced strong growth momentum for Windows Embedded in the retail market. According to a recent report published by IHL Consulting Group Inc., Windows Embedded operating systems accounted for 36 percent of retail and hospitality POS shipments in North America in 2007.
There are more details on the enhancements at www.POSReady.com, but basically Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 provides an embedded OS for POS hardware and networks that has been updated to support all the "latest Microsoft technologies, including the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 with Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Internet Explorer 7, Windows Media Player 11, Microsoft Silverlight, Microsoft SQL Server Express and Microsoft Office Viewers."