A new release of Windows, which, as per Microsoft’s model for post-Windows 7 operating systems, borrows from the company’s most successful version of the platform, has hit commercial availability.
The software giant confirmed GA for Windows Embedded POSReady 7 on July 5th, 2011, an OS built specifically to power point of service (POS) devices for customers in the retail and hospitality industry.
It was last month that Microsoft made available for download a trial release of Windows Embedded POSReady 7 RTM designed to let customers evaluate the platform.
According to Microsoft, “key features of Windows Embedded POSReady 7 include the following:
• Support for Windows Touch multigesture touch interfaces to provide users with intuitive graphics
• Windows Media Player 12 for a seamless multimedia experience on POS devices
• AppLocker, a simple and flexible mechanism that allows administrators to specify exactly what is allowed to run on their POS devices
• Enhanced security features through BitLocker, BitLocker To Go and Encrypting File System for increased encryption of internal hard disks, local folders, and external thumb drives and hard disks, giving IT administrators greater protection of highly important data from unauthorized users or external attackers.”
Windows Embedded POSReady 7 can bring life to a variety of form factors, from fuel pumps to self-service kiosks, but can also power digital signage, cash registers, etc.
Essentially, this operating system is designed for businesses to set up interaction points and better engage customers.
The software giant stressed that customers running System Center Configuration Manager 2007 will be able to leverage Windows Embedded Device Manager 2011 in order to administer Windows Embedded POSReady 7 devices.
Partners such as IBM, NEC Infrontia, Touch Dynamic, Fujitsu, NCR and HP are already behind Windows Embedded POSReady 7, Microsoft said.
Windows Embedded POSReady 7 RTM is available for download here.
Microsoft really needs to consider a different product name than POS. I don't care if they really mean Point of Service. We all know what POS stands for in the real world. Why would I want some POS software? POSReady 7 does not ring with confidence? "Windows Media Player 12 for a seamless multimedia experience on POS devices"...