Microsoft has announced today that it has finalized its Windows Embedded Compact 7 Operating System. Embedded Compact 7 is basically the evolution of Microsoft’s Embedded CE OS.
Microsoft has also released a 180-day trial of the final version on its website this week. The Embedded Compact 7 is designed as a stripped down but optimized version of Windows 7 OS that can be deployed at the hardware level. Embedded Compact 7 sports a mult-itouch interface that also supports panning and pinch to zoom. The Operating System will have a full desktop browsing experience that will also including support for Flash and Silverlight. The features of Embedded Compact 7 include:
- Support for ARM v7New developer and designer tools.
- New technology for creating user interfaces.
- New SMP (symmetric multiprocessing) support for x86 & ARM, MIPS.
- New multimedia player, with customizable UI.
- New version of Internet Explorer (which is based on IE 7 with some “performance updates” from IE8).
- Flash 10.1 support (which requires an Adobe license by OEMs who want to include that feature).
- Silverlight for Embedded support..
- Improved Connectivity to PCs, servers (NDIS 6.1 support).
Microsoft’s new OS is mainly targeted for industrial automated and medical devices, but can also be used for tablets and Slates. Many OEM partners have also shown tablets with the same OS with custom user interfaces.