We have always been of the opinion that a picture speaks a thousand words, and a video even more, so above is Microsoftâ€™s Windows Embedded Compact 7 spiel in video form, telling us whatâ€™s new with Microsoftâ€™s latest OS.
Clearly aimed at tablets (as can be seen even from the mock device they use to illustrate the technology) the OS has the following features:
Get the technologies you need to seamlessly connect to rich media, online services, Windows PCs, smartphones, and other handheld devices.
Connect and consume rich media
- Simplify media management with new Media Library
- Richer media streaming with updated MPEG-4 and HD support
- Flexible plug-in architecture to support third-party content
Seamless connection to Microsoft Windows 7
- Simplify device management with integrated Windows Device Stage
- Synchronize data and media with support for MTP
Connect to Office and personal information
- Updated Office viewers
- Updated AirSync and Microsoft Exchange support
Rich user experiences
Youâ€™ll have the power to deliver innovative solutions that reinvent the way end users interact with devices.
Extensible rich UI framework
- Rich, intuitive device user interfaces with Silverlight for Windows Embedded
- A seamless designer experience with Microsoft Expression Blend
- Rapidly extend and customize device UI with tighter integration of XAML code generators
Rich desktop browsing
- Updated Internet Explorer browsing engine with support for latest standards
- Support for tabs, panning, and zooming
- Access to rich multimedia content with support for Adobe Flash 10.1
Immersive experiences with natural touch input
- Build highly interactive devices with support for touch input
- Multi-touch integrated with browser for mobile device experiences
- Extend the power of the device with support for custom gestures
A highly reliable platform
Hereâ€™s how you can build solutions and devices with tools and technologies that you can trust every step of the way.
Streamlined developer experience with Visual Studio integration
- Visual Studio and Expression Blend tools to rapidly bring new devices to market
- Simplify delivery of feature updates with integrated Windows Embedded Developer Update
- Updated setup experience with minimal user intervention
Take advantage of the latest HW innovations
- Support for latest ARM v7 architectures
- Increased graphics performance with Open GL ES 2.0
- Higher performance with multicore architecture and support for SMP
Increased reliability, higher performance
- Increased networking performance with latest Windows 7 networking technologies
- Reliable wireless connectivity and WiFi support
- Bluetooth support (2.1) with connectivity to latest devices
The OS Community Technology Preview can be downloaded at the moment, with Microsoft expecting RTM by the end of the year.
Of course what is missing from the above is any concept of a standard user interface and central media and application store, which does make one feel, when having an ecosystem has become increasingly important, in some ways Microsoft is simply repeating the mistakes of Windows Mobile.
Do our readers think Microsoft has gone far enough to create a compelling platform? Let us know below.