Ever wanted to run Windows 7 on some of your entertainment devices? Since last week Microsoft is selling Windows Embedded Standard 7, which is based on Windows 7, so it looks like we’ll soon encounter Windows 7 on more than just our PCs, laptops and netbooks.
The Windows 7 embedded edition is optimized for thin clients, GPS devices, media devices, set-top boxes, but also medical devices and industry technology.
Windows Media Center on Home Entertainment Devices
Although, Windows Embedded is obviously intended for businesses, it also means that we will soon see more digital home entertainment devices running Windows 7. Using Windows 7, along with Internet Explorer 8, Windows Media Player 12 and the Windows Media Center on an Aero-supported interface on some home entertainment devices doesn’t sound too bad! After all, Windows 7 is very user-friendly and one of the most beautiful operating systems out there.
Online Content & More
You can use the Windows Media Center on embedded Windows 7 devices for watching TV (internet + broadcast), browsing photos online, buy content from online movie providers (netflix etc.) and basically watch any online media and connect with social websites.
Settop boxes running Windows 7
A german company called Reycom is one of the first providers of settop boxes that are using Windows 7 Embedded. Settop boxes are pretty handy for receiving web media and digital HD tv.
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If you have a device that you can modify, you can download a free evalution copy over at microsoft.com/windowsembedded
Windows 7 Embedded Pricing
The price of Windows 7 embedded ($995) seems to be pretty decent, so we’ll see a lot of new devices on Windows 7 popping up in the next few weeks.
The suggested retail price for Windows Embedded CE, Windows Embedded Standard, Windows Embedded POSReady and Windows Embedded NavReady FPP is $995 US