Feeds

Microsoft chases satnav market

Just look out the Windows for heaven's sake

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

Microsoft has announced a new iteration of Windows Embedded, this time targeted at satellite navigation hardware, although it sneaks in a sideshow capability to keep the Windows Vista connection alive.

Windows Embedded NavReady is apparently aimed at Portable Navigation Devices (PNDs) and includes Windows Live Search and MSN Direct to provide the usual navigation services, as well as Bluetooth and SideShow for manufacturers wanting to push the functionality a little further.

Current satellite navigation systems generally use an embedded OS with proprietary software on top to provide the UI and routing functionality. Some manufacturers have even been using Windows Embedded CE for years, but with their own layers on top. By providing the whole bundle Microsoft might be able to reduce the devices to commodity level, just as they have with desktop PCs.

Not that manufacturers will be unable to differentiate their offerings: NavReady supports Bluetooth, including the hands-free profile and AV Remote Control. So a NavReady device could easily control the in-car entertainment system and manage the mobile phone, as well as the more mundane business of supplying directions in a range of comedy voices.

If that's not enough then SideShow can provide additional functionality, as long as there's a Windows Vista PC nearby to do the leg work.

Licences for Windows Embedded are hugely volume dependent, but NavReady shouldn't cost device manufacturers more than a few dollars, especially as the real point is to get Live Search into cars in such a way that Google can't compete, at least until they announce Android-NavReady. ®

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

More from The Register

next story
Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source
Hacker-repelling, drone-protecting code will soon be yours to tweak as you see fit
KDE releases ice-cream coloured Plasma 5 just in time for summer
Melty but refreshing - popular rival to Mint's Cinnamon's still a work in progress
NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14
Unpicking a packed preview that breaks down ASP.NET
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Put down that Oracle database patch: It could cost $23,000 per CPU
On-by-default INMEMORY tech a boon for developers ... as long as they can afford it
Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY
Web devs, Mozilla really wants you to like this one
Google shows off new Chrome OS look
Athena springs full-grown from Chromium project's head
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.