Microsoft has released its roadmap for the next version of Windows Embedded, with a preview of the standard version which available to download now. Windows Embedded Standard v.Next will support the ARM architecture, along with the Intel x86 and x64 architectures. Windows Embedded Compact will continue to provide a proven, real-time operating system and a full tools suite for a streamlined development experience on small-footprint, specialized devices.
The v.Next will deliver technologies for customized, rich user interfaces, enhanced always-on connectivity, and all of the management and security functionality provided by Windows 8. The version is set for release three months after Windows 8 becomes generally available (which is expected to be out in October 2012), and the standard version will come six months after that.
Windows Embedded Standard 8 is available to download now in Community Technology Preview form. The new Embedded Compact will be out in the second half of 2012 and is designed for smaller devices and has formed the basis of Windows Phone until now. The Embedded press release clearly indicated that Microsoft is continuing to invest in updating Windows Embedded version for the latest technologies with support.