Sunday, June 15, 2008

Microsoft Introduces Embedded OS for Portable Navigation Device

Microsoft released its Windows Embedded NavReady 2009 operating system designed specifically for OEMs building handheld portable navigation devices (PNDs). Windows Embedded NavReady 2009 is aimed at connected, service-oriented PNDs that connect to online services, mobile phones using Bluetooth, Windows-based PCs and the Internet.

Key features include:

  • Live Search delivers OEMs and partners key elements enabling Internet-based Live Search on devices to find up-to-date points of interest similar to the ones provided by the Live Search Maps service.

  • Bluetooth with the following profiles: Hands Free, Pairing Service, Phone Book Access, Advanced Audio Distribution, Audio and Video Remote Control, Dial Up Networking and Bluetooth Connection Manager.

  • MSN Direct, which can reduce users' commute time by providing up-to-date information such as traffic alerts and fuel prices.

  • Windows SideShow functionality helps enable the PND as a secondary display screen for many Windows Vista-based PCs.

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