Microsoft has just announced GA (i.e. global availability) for Windows Embedded 8 Standard and Windows Embedded 8 Professional to be March 20th, 2013.
Windows Embedded 8 Industry will be released soon after on April, 1st.
Embedded 8 Standard is the componentized version of the Windows 8 desktop OS for creating custom operating system images, while Embedded 8 Pro is the Win 8 Pro version under a specific embedded license. Embedded 8 Industry was formerly known as POSReady and WEPOS and is a vertical version for retail and industrial automation. No friends, no real-time here, look at Embedded Compact 2013 to get this 🙂 .