Retail technology is evolving from “point of sale” to “point of service.” The key difference is that point of service—the new POS—greatly improves customer service with self-checkout counters, information stations, food ordering kiosks, and more.
To support retailers and their original equipment manufacturers, Microsoft has developed an operating system tailored for retail POS systems: Microsoft Windows Embedded for Point of Service. Windows Embedded for Point of Service is an easier POS platform to set up, use, and manage due to a standard platform, Plug-n-Play support, and familiar management technologies.
Windows Embedded for Point of Service is Microsoft’s first operating system specifically developed for vertical markets. Microsoft offers an operating system and application environment that delivers the functionality that retailers demand for point of service (POS) systems. In addition, the product’s design enables partner companies to cost-effectively build and market their POS systems based on the Windows Embedded for Point of Service platform.
Windows Embedded for Point of Service is optimized for retail and hospitality POS devices, offering many benefits to retail and hospitality organizations that use it, as well as to partner companies providing products that support it:
Windows Embedded for Point of Service is the first POS operating system platform to provide Plug-n-Play functionality for retail device peripherals. Also, a standard platform and familiar management technologies make it easy to set up, use, and manage.
Retailers can create more compelling customer interactions through underlying support for technologies such as browsers, multimedia, and networking as well as innovative retail applications and device peripherals.
- Provides low retail Point of Service lifecycle costs
Reduces costs by decreasing the costs of operating system and application development, deployment, servicing and maintenance, and POS hardware, all while providing 10 years of product support—the longest published product support lifecycle in the POS systems industry.
More information is available on the Windows Embedded for Point of Service site.