Beckhoff has been a Microsoft Windows Embedded Gold Partner since November 2006. Microsoft awards this title to companies who demonstrate particular commitment to the Windows Embedded technology.
Every year Microsoft issues Windows Embedded Partner Excellence Awards in six different categories to organisations and companies in the US, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa who use Windows Embedded in an innovative and creative manner and promote its dissemination.
As a producer of Embedded motherboards, Beckhoff is integrated in Microsoft's Independent Hardware Vendor partner programme. The Embedded boards are designed in Westphalia, Germany, and produced in Beckhoff's own plant using state-of-the-art pick-and-place robots. The boards are mainly used in automation applications, although Beckhoff also produces custom solutions with special form factors for embedded applications outside the automation sector.
In addition to various publications and extensive marketing activities, Beckhoff also participated in two beta programmes for Windows Embedded Standard 7 and Windows Embedded Compact 7. Through early implementation and testing of the latest Microsoft operating system software in Industrial Automation applications, Beckhoff contributed to their optimisation and further development for industrial applications.