Microsoft announced the next generation of Windows XP Embedded today, naming Windows Embedded Standard 2009 to be the successor. The embedded OS is geared towards devices that connect to and work with other Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 machines, but we’ve seen a few standalone devices with XPe in the past. New features and functions include:
- Microsoft Silverlight
- .NET Framework 3.5, Internet Explorer 7, Windows Media Player 11
- Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) 6.1 and Network Access Protection (NAP)
Of interesting note to me was a specific mention of driver support for Intel Atom processors. While much of our Atom focus is on MIDs, netbooks, and [insert consumer mobile device name here], Intel is expecting Atom to be in millions of other devices as well. Still, I can’t help but wonder why we really haven’t seen an attempt at embedding an OS lighter than Vista in a mainstream mobile computing device. I’m not an expert in XPe, so perhaps it’s my ignorance combined with a lack of supported features in XPe.