Arrow Electronics Windows Embedded Licensing Summary of Benefits Danny Morim Solution Architect – Microsoft Embedded Arrow OCS - Israel email@example.com. November 2013. Agenda. Why is it important to understand Microsoft Licensing channels for OEMs?
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Arrow ElectronicsWindows Embedded LicensingSummary of BenefitsDanny MorimSolution Architect – Microsoft EmbeddedArrow OCS - Israeldmorim@arroweurope.com
Why is it important to understand Microsoft Licensing channels for OEMs?
Introduction to the “Windows Embedded” licensing channel
Key benefits of the Windows Embedded Channel
Value added services from Arrow
Point of Service
Express Development, Windows Desktop Compatibility
Source Level Control,
Multiple CPU Architectures
All products sold through the Windows Embedded Channel are available for at least 15 years from release. For example we continue to supply runtimes for Server 2003, XP Pro, NT 4.0, MS-DOS 6.22, Windows CE 2.12, and many other products which are no longer available elsewhere.
The Windows Embedded channel is the only option for many legacy products
The Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy guarantees five years of mainstream support and five years of extended support for Windows Embedded products after release — a total of 10 years of support.
Windows Embedded extended support gives you access to Security Updates, Hotfixes and QFEs
Unlike a general purpose PC or Server device, a Windows Embedded device is defined as one which includes the hardware, the Operating System AND the specialist Application software.
Products built on Windows Embedded can be tailored to the exact needs of the application and be presented by the Embedded OEM as complete solutions, not general purpose computers.
Many Windows Embedded products do not require per device activation. For those which do, an Embedded OEM has the opportunity to apply for OEM Activation, removing the need for per device activation during your production process.
Arrow have an OEM Activation implementation service – see later slide
An Embedded OEM, if they wish, is allowed to create a recovery CD (or other media such as a USB Flash disk) so that the end customer can easily reinstall the original OS image in case of a failure in the field.
The media can contain not only the OS, but also the OEM application, and can even be branded by the OEM to increase the perceived value of the solution.
Virtualization is used most often in Server solutions when multiple virtual resources are created against an emulation layer that makes them believe they have exclusive access to the underlying hardware. OEMs are using this technology to save cost, enable high availability, long lifecycles, simplify development and installation.
In the Windows Embedded channel, our licensing enables our OEMs to run 2 virtual instances of Windows on top of a Standard Edition Windows Server OS.
“Under the terms of the Microsoft OEM System Builder License, you acknowledge and agree that you will not export the packages and individual software licenses to locations outside of this territory. “
The above warning applies to OEMs who purchase from the System Builder channel. Full details here.
An Embedded OEM can legally ship their products to most of the planet. This is because Microsoft realise that an Embedded device is not like a PC or general purpose Server, and your needs are different from those of a PC or Server OEM!!!!
The Windows Embedded product family includes unique offerings such as Windows Embedded Standard, Compact and POSReady. These specialist products allow complete customisation of the OS to suit your needs, and to differentiate the OEM offering.
In the Windows Embedded Server family there are also unique products including “Telco” and “Essentials” editions, and versions of SQL priced at very attractive levels compared to other channels
The license terms of Windows Embedded permit the OEM to build a product which includes multiple languages in a single OS build.
The “Multi User Interface” pack (MUI) solution is available for many Client and Server Windows Embedded products and gives the OEM the possibility to purchase one version of the runtime license and deploy any combination of language support.