Microsoft's Windows XP Embedded (XPe) team has announced a new kind of software update for XPe customers. These are miscellaneous updates that will be released on even-numbered months, according to a posting on the team's blog.According to Gina Bentley, who is the Servicing and Support Program Manager for Microsoft's Vertical Industries and Embedded Windows (VIEW) group, the updates "may apply to your application and therefore make your life easier." But, she stresses, the nature of these updates is that they are purely optional and may or may not apply to a particular customer's XPe OS image.Those who are already downloading security updates from the Embedded Communications Extranet (ECE) can take a look and see if they are interested, Bentley writes. If so, the updates can easily be installed to an existing image.For example, the release in August is an Embedded DQI (Desktop QFE Installer) update created from an XP Pro update. It is applicable only to non-USB boot systems and addresses a problem with USB drivers causing battery drainage on portable devices. In addition to bug fixes, other releases will address automated solutions for issues that currently have manual workarounds, such as orphaned file issues, Bentley writes. To read Bentley's XPe team blog post go
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