Mio to ship PNDs with Windows Embedded NavReady in 2009

Mio to ship PNDs with Windows Embedded NavReady in 2009
Mio Technology and Microsoft have announced today that the Taiwanese PND manufacturer will use Windows Embedded NavReady 2009 as its operating system for future PNDs to be shipped in 2009.

"Having a category-specific platform like Windows Embedded NavReady 2009 dramatically simplifies the process of building a connected GPS navigation device, helping us achieve our goal of delivering an outstanding customer experience to drivers and other consumers," said Samuel Wang, president of Mio Technology.

For years Windows Embedded, previously known as Windows CE, has been used by PND manufacturers (except the leaders TomTom and Garmin) as the operating system of their products. However, they were so far using a generic version of Windows CE until Microsoft launched in June this year a dedicated version targeted to PNDs. Windows Embedded NavReady improves Bluetooth management, connectivity to desktops (Desktop-pass-through) and integrates support for LiveSearch and MSN Direct (read more here).

Monday, September 8th 2008

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