Checkout Windows hits the shops

Microsoft has begun shipping a version of its Windows XP Embedded operating system for the retail industry.

Microsoft has begun shipping a version of its Windows XP Embedded operating system for the retail industry.

Windows Embedded for Point of Service (WEPOS) is aimed at point-of-sale systems, self-service checkouts, in-store information kiosks, and even petrol station pumps.

The development of WEPOS was announced by Microsoft last year, and the operating system is based on Windows XP Embedded with Service Pack 2, meaning it has enhanced security features.

The majority of retail systems sold in Europe are already based on variants of Windows, whether NT, 2000, or XP, although Linux-based systems are expected to gradually grow in number from a current low base.

Microsoft said WEPOS was designed to allow patches and upgrades to be carried out quickly by customers, and a number of peripheral suppliers were expected to announce solutions that could be easily added to the system.

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