During the recording of the TDL Show last night Diehard in the chat room told us about Windows Embedded Standard 8 CTP, back in November Microsoft promised a CTP of Embedded in Q1 2012 and here it is. From release notes I can’t tell if there is a Set Top Box template as there is in the Windows 7 version, I am downloading now so will report back when I have tested it.

[UPDATE: I have downloaded and installed the CTP and the Set Top Box option that was in the Windows 8 version is missing in this build, as is Media Center]

You can get the download from Microsoft’s Embedded site

Preview the next version of Windows Embedded Standard – a componentized version of Windows 8 with additional technologies that extend the power of Windows to Intelligent devices.
Windows Embedded Standard 8 enables OEMs to build differentiated devices that address the specialized needs of their enterprise customers.
Devices powered by Windows Embedded Standard 8 are the foundation for Intelligent Systems enabling new insights, productivity and opportunities to create lasting competitive advantage. We’re making it easier than ever for devices to extend enterprise business intelligence with improved device management, servicing and data connectivity.

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