updated 02:45 pm EST, Tue March 1, 2011
Final Windows Embedded Compact 7 version now out
The final version of Microsoft's Windows Embedded Compact 7 operating system for portable electronics devices is now available for download. The 180-day trial of the mobile OS, codenamed Chelan, is meant for use in phones, medical devices, industrial automation products and retail systems, in addition to tablets such as the 10-inch Eee Pad EP101TC. Microsoft said devices running Windows Embedded are meant for info and media consumption rather than content creation on full-blown Windows 7.
The Windows Embedded Compact 7 now support ARM7-based devices, has new developer and designer tools, technology for creating user interfaces and symmetric multiprocessing support for x86, ARM, and MIPS. There is a new multimedia player with a customizable user interface, along with a new browser based on IE 7 though with some performance updates from IE 8. Flash 10.1 and Silverlight will be supported as well.
When devices running on Windows Embedded Compact 7 arrive in the market hasn't been revealed quite just yet. Companies had pledged to support it, including ASUS, are leaning more heavily on Android.