Windows Embedded Compact 7 (Windows CE 7) is officially unveiled, CTP available for download

Microsoft has officially publicly unveiled Windows Embedded Compact 7 (AKA Windows CE 7) today. The Windows Embedded Compact 7 CTP is now publicaly available for download.

Seamless connectivity
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 plugin 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
You’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
Here’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

Windows Phone 7 is supposedly based on the same CE 7 kernel and as you can see from the features listed above, both OS are quite similar. You can grab the CTP here.

Full Press Release after the break:

Microsoft Outlines Business Opportunities for Hardware Makers Across Windows Platform
Guggenheimer announces Windows Embedded Compact 7 community technology preview for manufacturers of consumer and enterprise devices.

TAIPEI, Taiwan – June 1, 2010 – During a keynote address tomorrow at COMPUTEX TAIPEI, Steve Guggenheimer, corporate vice president of the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Division at Microsoft Corp., will outline how the company continues to deliver expanded partner opportunities to support rich and connected experiences. Product demonstrations will showcase the diversity and breadth of devices supported across the Windows platform, including desktop PCs, smartphones, netbooks, laptops, tablets, slates, game consoles, set-top boxes and servers. He will also discuss the enthusiastic response from partners and the larger market to the latest version of the Windows operating system, Windows 7. Since its launch this past October, more than 100 million licenses have been sold, making it the fastest-selling operating system in history.

As part of this effort to deliver richer customer experiences across a variety of scenarios, Microsoft will unveil the public community technology preview (CTP) for Windows Embedded Compact 7, the next generation of Microsoft’s widely used Windows Embedded Compact platform for hardware manufacturers of specialized devices. With a $9.5 billion annual investment in research and development, Microsoft is committed to continued innovation and bringing new products to market that meet the needs of customers.

“The Windows platform creates tangible opportunities for our hardware partners to diversify their product portfolios and deliver rich computing experiences across a broad range of devices,” Guggenheimer said. “The Windows Embedded Compact 7 toolkit will allow for richer customer experiences on a variety of specialized devices. We look forward to continued collaboration with our hardware partners to bring the very best experiences to customers worldwide.”

Windows Embedded Compact 7

During the keynote address, Guggenheimer will demonstrate how specialized devices built on Windows Embedded Compact 7 will be able to provide immersive multimedia user experiences for consumers and businesses and offer seamless connectivity to PCs running Windows 7, servers and online services, as well as simplified access to corporate information for enterprise users. New technologies in Windows Embedded Compact 7 will provide developers and designers with powerful tools and a streamlined development experience to build compelling devices quickly and easily, while also providing customized and branded experiences.

Additional features and capabilities of Windows Embedded Compact 7 include the following:

Rich and connected experiences for consumers. Windows Embedded Compact 7 gives consumers the ability to share and manage content across networked devices with Digital Living Network Alliance, such as new HDTVs, and a new media library.

Simplified access to information for enterprise users. Windows Embedded Compact 7 makes it easier to connect to corporate e-mail, calendar and contacts over enterprise networks through Microsoft AirSync and Microsoft Exchange, as well as to Microsoft Office and Adobe PDF viewers to access important documents, and to Windows 7 Device Stage to transfer data and media between PCs and devices.

Resources for hardware manufacturers and developers. Windows Embedded Compact 7 provides resources to help bring high-performing, highly reliable and differentiated specialty devices to market quicker with support for multicore and the latest asset relationship management-based architecture and tools, including Platform Builder, Visual Studio, Expression Blend and Silverlight for Windows Embedded.

The Windows Embedded Compact 7 CTP is available now for developers at The platform is expected to be released to manufacturing in the fourth quarter of this year.

During the keynote, Guggenheimer will also outline how hardware manufacturers can take advantage of the next wave of Microsoft products, including Windows 7, Windows Embedded Compact 7, Windows Live Messenger, Windows® Phone 7, Windows Server and Microsoft Office 2010, to deliver unique and compelling experiences across multiple devices and screens. He will demonstrate the power of Microsoft software on devices from smartphones to TVs and everything in between; Windows Live as a cloud service working across devices for a seamless, interactive experience; exciting developments on Windows-based slate devices; and a variety of scenarios highlighting the customer benefits of Microsoft’s deep collaboration with hardware manufacturers.

Highlights from Guggenheimer’s keynote – including demos, video excerpts and a transcript – and more detailed information on Windows Embedded Compact 7 will be available by visiting the Windows Embedded Newsroom at or by following for updates.

Source: Microsoft

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