Anyone heard about Windows Embedded POSReady 7 Pro? RRS feed

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  • Has anyone heard about Windows Embedded POSReady 7 Pro? We manufacture ATMs and were forced to switch from Windows Embedded POSReady 7 to Windows 7 Professional FES last year due to changes in the additional terms (ATs) which stated that POSReady 7 (without the "Pro"-suffix) must not be used with ATMs.

    Since then we started implementing OA 2.1, for being able to activate our machines automatically and had to inform all our customers that we now have to buy more expensive licenses with reduced functionality (no BitLocker in Win7Prof, no Embedded Enabling Features, no LP support, etc.).

    Last week I found a very interesting EULA on MyOEM.microsoft.com for the new OS-variant "Windows Embedded POSReady 7 Pro", which suddenly is allowed on ATMs explicitly:
    a. Specific Use. You may use the software on a device with automated teller machine (“ATM”) as the primary functionality.
    See https://myoem.microsoft.com/oem/myoem/en/topics/Licensing/emblicres/Pages/DP-WinEmbPOSReady7ProEULA.aspx for details.

    Our distributor supported us and already found the ATs for Windows Embedded POSReady 7 Pro, but was also surprised that Microsoft introduced this new variant.
    Does anybody know more about it?

    Where can we (indirect embedded OEM, who purchases through distribution) get such relevant information earlier? ( The only source of information I know is the MyOEM-portal) And why did Microsoft release the new variant now?

    Best regards, Roman Maier

    Thursday, January 16, 2014 8:32 AM

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  • I have never heard of a Pro version for POSReady 7. It is not listed in the life cycle: https://www.microsoft.com/windowsembedded/en-us/product-lifecycles.aspx

    Nor is there a download for it: https://www.microsoft.com/windowsembedded/en-us/downloads.aspx

    Sounds like someone is doing some funny business. The successor to POSReady 7 is Windows Embedded 8.x Industry, which comes in two flavors - Pro and Enterprise.

    www.annabooks.com / www.seanliming.com / Book Author - Pro Guide to WE8S, Pro Guide to WES 7, Pro Guide to POS for .NET

    Thursday, January 16, 2014 9:39 PM
  • Thank you for your answer!

    Our distributor already has access to the POSReady 7 Pro ATs and by now it seems that POSReady 7 Pro is the equivalent to Windows Embedded 8.x Industry Pro (where POSReady 7 without the "Pro"-suffix would be the equivalent to Windows Embedded 8.x Industry Pro Retail).

    Unfortunately no one was informed about the new operating system variant and nor our purchasing department neither our distributor was informed by MS that they are intending to release this new variant...

    Best regards, Roman Maier

    Friday, January 17, 2014 8:02 AM
  • What does this variant version have that other doesn't?

    www.annabooks.com / www.seanliming.com / Book Author - Pro Guide to WE8S, Pro Guide to WES 7, Pro Guide to POS for .NET

    Friday, January 17, 2014 4:09 PM
  • Nothing. There's no new OPK and the POSReady7 Pro product key works perfectly with existing POSReady7 images.

    But it costs about 40-50 USD more and it's Additional Terms state that it's for ATMs only...

    That means that we now have to pay 40 USD more than before but don't get anything for it, instead we've already told our customers that they have to migrate to Win7Prof because of the changed Additional Terms in POSReady7 (withouth "Pro"-suffix, which state that it must not be used on ATMs)....

    Best regards, Roman Maier

    Monday, January 20, 2014 9:09 AM