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21 August 2018

Mio Shipping 2009 PND’s Built On Microsoft Embedded NavReady 2009 Platform

navready Mio Shipping 2009 PNDs Built On Microsoft Embedded NavReady 2009 Platform

Mio announced a couple of days back that they’ll be building their 2009 PND’s on the Windows Embedded NavReady 2009 platform.  The NavReady 2009 development platform will allow manufacturers such as Mio the ability to piece together feature sets without having to focus on labor-heavy tasks such as operating system development.  In this way, PND’s are not only cheaper to manufacture but the time to market is greatly reduced as well.

I had the opportunity to talk with a Microsoft software architect involved the company’s embedded systems development and was impressed by the efficiency of not only the NavReady 2009 platform, but the supporting features and services which make it such a great development tool.  Compatible with Windows CE 5.0 devices, not only does NavReady offer easy implementation of Microsoft assets such as Live Search, Bluetooth and MSN Direct, the support background is extensive as well.

By creating a partner community, Microsoft allows developers using the NavReady platform to build out PND’s to easily source help in any aspect of the device development whether it be design, hardware acquisition or software implementation.

Next year we’ll be watching Mio closely to see just how effective NavReady is.  Will it streamline the company’s operations enough that we’ll see a greater number of Mio PND’s next year?  Will they be more feature-rich?  And will it allow them to become in real competitor in the North American market?  They’ll be hard-pressed to do the latter, but this looks to be an effective partnership in a thin-profit margin industry where every penny saved and feature set added means the difference between life and death.  Check out the full release after the jump.

REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Mio Technology Corp., a leading producer of portable navigation devices (PNDs) with integrated Global Positioning Systems (GPSs), expanded its support of the Windows Embedded offerings and will be shipping its next-generation PNDs on the Windows Embedded NavReady 2009 platform.

“Our adoption of Windows Embedded NavReady 2009 is a significant step in our ongoing mission to create superior customer experiences on PND to consumer devices,” said Samuel Wang, president of Mio Technology. “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.”

For Mio Technology, using NavReady 2009 delivers multiple business and technical benefits:

– Improved time to market and reduced risk. Windows Embedded NavReady 2009 provides a common development environment with familiar Windows Embedded tools such as Platform Builder, lowering development costs and reducing time to market. The platform also delivers production-quality code tailored for the PND, so building a fully integrated Windows Embedded NavReady2009 solution is fast, easy and low-risk.

– Seamless connectivity. Windows Embedded NavReady 2009 utilizes broader Microsoft content and services assets, enabling Mio Technology PNDs to easily connect and enable online services such as Internet-based Microsoft Live Search on devices to find up-to-date points of interest similar to those provided by Live Search Maps (, Bluetooth-capable mobile phones, Windows-based PCs and the Internet.

– Richer customer experiences. Windows Embedded NavReady 2009 helps enable MSN Direct technologies that make it easy for users to subscribe and access real-time traffic conditions, fuel prices, weather data, local points of interest and more.

“We are delighted to announce that Mio will bring the first portable navigation devices to market built on Windows Embedded NavReady 2009,” said Kevin Dallas, general manager of the Windows Embedded Business at Microsoft. “With Microsoft’s platform, Mio Technology is well-positioned to drive growth in the personal navigation industry.”

Mio Technology’s next-generation PNDs built on Windows Embedded NavReady 2009 are scheduled to ship in 2009.

Mio Technology and Microsoft at Canalys 2008 in Budapest

Those attending the Canalys Navigation Forum 2008, being held in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 8-10, will gain insight into the future of smart, connected service-oriented PNDs and learn how companies such as Mio Technology are using Windows Embedded solutions to adapt to market changes, evolve their businesses and achieve competitive advantage. At Canalys, Mio Technology will be presenting with Windows Embedded Senior Director Ilya Bukshteyn about its implementation of Windows Embedded NavReady 2009 for PNDs, on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m. CEST, in the Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal.

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