Microsoft has introduced its first-ever embedded OS for portable devices that use GPS (global positioning system) and maps to get people where they want to go. Windows Embedded NavReady 2009 is aimed at companies building handheld electronic navigation devices and includes several features to make them Web-friendly, such as easy connections to online services and the Internet, as well as links to mobile phones via Bluetooth, and to Windows-based PCs. The aim of the new OS is to spread the popularity of portable navigation devices (PND) by adding or enhancing new features such as Internet connectivity and services. PNDs are among the hottest electronic devices this year.
Microsoft Unveils First OS for Portable Navigation Devices
Submitted by Anonymous 2008-06-18 Windows 5 Comments
Let me be the first to say Linux already does all this. My wife’s Tom Tom does just about everything listed in the article as “new”. Why do we need another also-ran? Why do we need a branded OS on our GPS units? How about firmware that just works!!!