Microsoft Embedded Operating Systems

Microsoft Embedded Operating Systems

RDS are able to provide a variety of Windows Embedded runtime licenses for a wide range of embedded devices for portable data collection terminals, secure Automated Teller Machines (ATMs), servers, embedded video controllers and more. The broad range of Windows Embedded products available from RDS gives OEMs flexibility to select the platform that best meets the needs of their unique device.

The different versions available are shown below, and if you require any further information, please contact our Sales Team by emailing; or phoning 01959 563345.


Windows Embedded 8
The latest release of Windows Embedded products helps companies extend the intelligence of their information technology systems. With the Windows Embedded 8 family, enterprises can empower employees and customers with secure access to business-critical data, delivered in rich, natural user experiences through the power of Windows 8 technologies. Designed to connect to existing enterprise IT systems, Windows Embedded 8 ensures the manageability, consistency and predictability that enterprises require. For partners, Windows Embedded 8 delivers the power, familiarity and reliability of the Windows operating system with flexibility for the advanced industry devices and solutions they create. Windows Embedded 8 is connected, targeted and customizable, offers rich experiences to delight your users, is more secure and utilizes enterprise grade features. The platform is also intelligent systems ready; enterprises and partners can capitalize on existing enterprise investments as they build out powerful enterprise-class solutions.

Windows embedded 8 comes in the following version:
Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry
Windows Embedded 8.1 Pro
Windows Embedded 8 Standard
Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld


Windows Embedded Compact
Windows Embedded Compact 2013 is Microsoft’s platform for small-footprint devices that need hard, real-time performance and silicon flexibility with ARM and x86. The operating system helps device manufacturers in the retail, healthcare and manufacturing industries to bring intelligent systems to market that stand out through attractive, intuitive user experiences and seamless connections to cloud services. Windows Embedded Compact 2013-based industry devices are a critical part of intelligent system solutions, built on tools and technologies that you can trust every step of the way. 

With the same code base as Windows Embedded Compact 7, Windows Embedded Automotive 7 is an extensible technology platform that allows automakers and suppliers to deliver visually rich in-car experiences with a shorter time to market. Bringing the power of Windows to the car, Windows Embedded Automotive 7 includes a large set of integrated and flexible middleware components that allow automotive solutions to scale across a broad range of automotive makes and models. Drivers benefit from the rich user interface and features including state-of-the-art hands-free Bluetooth phone communications, speech commands, touch input, advanced dashboard systems and more.

Windows embedded Compact comes in the following Versions:
Windows Embedded Compact 2013
Windows Embedded Compact 7

Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft SQL Server 2014
Get powerful and proven data performance with Windows Embedded’s family of server products, which harness the benefits of Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft SQL Server 2014 in two releases created specifically for embedded systems. Binary identical to Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems enables enterprises to access applications and data in a robust, streamlined package that is virtually maintenance-free. When paired with Microsoft SQL Server 2014 for Embedded Systems, enterprises can create a comprehensive database foundation for data analytics and operational intelligence.

Windows server 2012 comes in the following Versions:
Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems
Microsoft SQL Server 2014 for Embedded Systems


Windows Embedded 7
Built on Windows 7, Windows Embedded 7 is a flexible product family that provides the products, tools and services that meet business needs across a range of industries. Start leveraging your existing technology to create a secure, intelligent system that generates richer operational intelligence. Benefit from a solution that’s specific to the needs of a particular industry, and tailored further to address the challenges and opportunities facing your company. Drive business growth and efficiency through a rich stream of data that’s generated by industry devices across your company.

Windows embedded 7 comes in the following Versions:
Windows Embedded Enterprise 7
Windows Embedded Standard 7
Windows Embedded POSReady 7

Other Windows Embedded products
Microsoft entered the embedded marketplace more than 15 years ago, and continues to lead the evolution of intelligent systems with an extensive suite of technologies for enterprises across a variety of industries. Windows Embedded products support edge devices and continue to the fuel the evolution of the marketed toward business intelligence and business opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach.

Other versions available are:
Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5
Windows Embedded Server
Microsoft SQL Server


Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry

Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry extends Windows 8.1 to a range of industry devices across retail, manufacturing, health and any other industries in which powerful line-of-business applications and the ability to perform a specialized function in a secure and reliable way is paramount.

Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry (updated in April, 2014) is available preinstalled on OEM devices; additionally, Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Enterprise is available through Volume Licensingprograms. Through Volume Licensing, enterprises can upgrade existing Windows Embedded devices to Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry, and can gain access to additional enterprise-specific features not available through OEMs. These enterprise features, which include DirectAccess, BrancheCache, Enterprise Sideloading, and AppLocker, empower enterprises to gain greater manageability and control over their devices and enable new scenarios. Click here to learn more about Windows Embedded 8 Volume Licensing offerings.

With this update, Windows Embedded brings the latest Windows 8.1 innovations in security, management, and user experience to our partners. In addition to the full capabilities of Windows 8.1, Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry offers the flexibility and enhanced lockdown capabilities needed to power industry devices.


Windows 10 IOT

Windows 10 IoT is designed for Smart Things that brings intelligence to the edge. Windows 10 is the OS for IoT devices because it is the most secure Windows ever, manageable and can connect to the other devices, servers, and cloud that are part of your IoT solution. Windows 10 IoT powers your smart things to run edge analytics, enable time sensitive decisions, perform local compute, maximize security, operate solutions reliability and reduce bandwidth costs.