Windows Embedded is Microsoft’s embedded operating systems product group.
Windows Embedded is designed to be used and run on embedded computer systems. The embedded computer systems that run these operating systems include small-footprint, real-time devices and Point of Sales systems like kiosks. Only OEM system builders can obtain these Windows Embedded operating systems.
Some of the Windows Embedded operating systems:
· Windows Embedded Industry is designed for machines like point of sale (POS) terminals, automated teller machines (ATMs) and self-service check-outs.
· Windows Embedded Compact, formerly known as Windows CE, is designed for consumer electronics, such as gaming consoles, digital media receivers and set-top boxes.
· Windows Embedded Automotive is a variation of Compact for embedded systems in cars.
· Windows Embedded Pro is designed for intelligent systems: machines with embedded Internet-connected devices that gather data, analyze it and communicate with other systems.
· Windows Embedded Standard is a modular operating system that allows users to make choices about various implementations within their environments.
· Windows Embedded Handheld is designed for portable devices like those used in retail, manufacturing and delivery companies.
· Windows Embedded Enterprise is for embedded systems in industrial devices.
· Windows Embedded Server and Windows SQL Server for Embedded Systems.
Windows CE ( Windows Embedded Compact ) is the version of Windows Embedded for very small computers and embedded systems, including consumer electronics devices like set-top boxes and gaming consoles. This is a modular real-time operating system with a specialized kernel that can run in under 1 MB of memory. The current version supports x86 and ARM processors with board support package (BSP) directly. A .NET Framework, UI framework, and various open source drivers and services are also included.