How to Buy Windows Embedded Operating Systems
Windows Embedded products are designed for customers such as original equipment manufacturers
(OEMs) and original design manufacturers (ODMs) who plan to build a device that is based on a Windows
Embedded operating system. Enterprise companies typically will work with their hardware OEM of choice
to ensure the operating system enables the features that are needed for their application and device form
factor. In some instances, an enterprise may want a custom device to be built to their specification. In
those instances, enterprises can work with a Windows Embedded partner who best meets their needs.
Find Windows Embedded partners and additional information at www.mswep.com.
A customer purchasing experience, from evaluation through to device deployment, typically follows these
Determine which technology best meets your needs.
Is Windows CE or Windows XP Embedded the optimal operating system for your device? Visit our decision
tree to find out.
Evaluate the product.
Get the Evaluation Kit, which you can either download or order from the Microsoft Web site, or contact a
Microsoft authorized distributor. The Evaluation Kit enables you to build devices that use Windows
Embedded technologies for 120 days.
Purchase development tools.
After your evaluation is complete and you are ready to begin development, you should engage with a
Distribution partner. The distribution partner will assist you in purchasing the full packaged product (FPP)
for either Windows CE or Windows XP Embedded tools. You will also receive a courtesy copy of the
Additional Licensing Provisions, which define distribution rights and restrictions that are specific to each
Microsoft embedded licensed product, and fundamentally gain a deeper understanding of the licensing
process. The suggested retail price for Windows Embedded FPP is $995 US. You can perform unlimited
field testing and prototyping on any number of device prototypes before