You, the consumer, probably don not care about Windows Embedded 8 and Windows Embedded Compact 2013. But businesses and OEMs, they’re pretty psyched. The next generation of Microsoft’s light-weight OS offerings will bring the improved touch and gesture support of Windows 8 to low power platforms like car computers and kiosks. In all 5 versions of Windows Embedded 8 will be available: Standard, Pro, Industry, Automotive and Handheld. The latter of which is built around Windows Phone 8 as opposed to the PC . The Industry and Handheld editions are expected to land in January, with Pro and Standard to follow in March. Compact 2013 does not have release window yet beyond Q2 of 2013. If you are an impatient builder of connected devices you can download a release preview of Windows Embedded 8 Standard at the more coverage link.
( Source EnGadget )