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Dell and Microsoft team up on Windows Embedded

PC maker looks to move beyond Windows 8
Fri Apr 12 2013, 16:15
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TIN BOX FLOGGER Dell has signed a licensing deal with Microsoft to become a worldwide distributor and OEM for devices running the Windows Embedded operating system.

Dell, which is in the midst of a messy leveraged buyout that could see it become a private company, is trying to move away from its low-margin PC business. The firm announced that it has signed a worldwide licensing deal to become an OEM and distributor of Microsoft's Windows Embedded operating system.

Dell said the deal, which became effective on 1 April, will allow Dell OEM customers to receive Microsoft's certificate of authenticity more quickly and give them the option to deal with a single supplier regardless of location.

Joyce Mullen, VP and GM of Dell OEM Solutions said, "We're very excited to be the only tier-one manufacturer able to bring our customers this level of integration with Windows Embedded products. With streamlined processes, fewer suppliers to manage and seamless globalisation, we can help more customers drive innovation, speed time to revenue and deliver their intellectual property to end users taking advantage of Dell hardware, services, engineering and supply chain capabilities."

John Doyle, director of product management for Windows Embedded at Microsoft, said the deal will help OEMs get their hands on Microsoft's Windows Embedded software faster. Microsoft's Windows Embedded operating system is a stripped-down version of the firm's desktop Windows operating system, intended for use in industrial systems.

Dell's interest in Windows Embedded even at the licensing level strongly suggests the firm is looking at alternatives to what is largely being seen as a rapidly shrinking PC market based on devices running Microsoft Windows. The firm might take the next step and incorporate Windows Embedded into its own products along with selling licences to other system vendors. µ


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