Microsoft has released the latest version of its Windows platform tailored for retail and point-of-sale (POS) environments. Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 is aimed at connecting sales terminals seamlessly with back-end servers and other infrastructure.
Based on Windows XP with Service Pack 3, the new software can be customized for specific hardware requirements and is easy to deploy and install remotely, according to Microsoft. Previous versions of the platform were known as Windows Embedded for Point of Service.
The new software boasts the familiarity of the Windows operating system and supports technologies such as Microsoft Silverlight, the .NET Framework 3.5 with Windows Presentation Foundation, Internet Explorer 7, Windows Media Player 11, Microsoft SQL Server Express and viewers for Microsoft Office documents.