Microsoft has unveiled a new version of its Windows Server platform for embedded devices. The aptly-named Windows Embedded Server will allow users to remotely monitor and manage systems which rely on embedded software.
The company hopes that the offering will lead original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to design a new class of server which can be used in embedded environments to supplement and control traditional embedded software systems.
The offering could also allow OEMs and IT support staff to better manage and repair embedded devices remotely through web-based support systems, according to Microsoft.
"The combination of software-plus-services from Windows Embedded will establish new revenue channels for embedded OEMs and partners by utilising Windows Embedded Server and the complete Microsoft portfolio of embedded platforms and technologies in scenarios such as device maintenance and support services," said Kevin Dallas, general manager for Microsoft's Windows Embedded business.
Microsoft plans to offer the platform under its software-plus-services banner, which combines traditional installed software applications with web-based services, as an alternative to the more recent wave of web-based 'cloud' computing products.
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