MICROSOFT TO BRING NT 4 TO EMBEDDED MARKET.
With the Embedded Systems West trade show swinging into action in
San Jose and HP leading a Sun-independent Java push (CI No 3,530), the
tumultuous embedded systems market was rocked anew by the entry of one
gigantic player. Microsoft Corp unveiled plans to deliver an embedded
operating system based on Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 4. The
company already pushes Windows CE for use in consumer devices. With
Embedded NT it apparently intends to attack the high end. Microsoft says
embedded systems vendors like Wind River, Radisys and QNX Systems have
traditionally developed closed solutions based on fragmented and
proprietary platforms. Obviously, Microsoft wants them to replace those
systems with its own proprietary platform. Embedded NT's big
selling point is that it shares the Win32 application programming
interface with Microsoft other operating systems, making the process of
porting applications somewhat easier. The company told developers to
expect beta tests in the first quarter of next year.