Microsoft today announced the general availability of the final version of its Windows Embedded Compact 7 operating system, codenamed "Chelan." Microsoft officials refused to say when the Compact 7 product actually RTM'd, but the digital signature on the bits is February 19, 2011.
The newest Embedded Compact operating system is designed to power phones (including Windows Phones), medical devices, industrial automation products and retail systems, as well as slates/tablets. The WEC 7 product -- the evolution of Windows Embedded CE -- includes several new features. Among them:
- Support for ARM v7
- New 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 IE 8)
- Flash 10.1 support (which requires an Adobe license by OEMs who want to include that feature)
- Silverlight for Embedded enables OEMs to create custom interfaces, using XAML and native C++, "free from Windows chrome," meaning the surrounding usual Windows user-interface elements.
- Improved Connectivity to PCs, servers (NDIS 6.1 support)
Here're a few Windows Embedded Compact 7 slides from the aforementioned Microsoft OEM presentation that may be of interest:
Microsoft posted a 180-day trial version of the final Windows Embedded Compact 7 bits to the Microsoft Download Center on Februray 29th.