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Windows Embedded Compact 7 Supports Connectivity from Device to Enterprise

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Microsoft has just unveiled the public community technology preview (CTP) for Windows Embedded Compact 7, the next generation of Microsoft’s Windows Embedded Compact platform for hardware manufacturers of specialized devices. The Windows Embedded Compact 7 toolkit is targeted at allowing richer customer experiences on a variety of specialized devices. 

One of the major aims is that 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 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.

The effort also seeks to simplify access to information for enterprise users by making it easier to transfer data and media between PCs and devices. This involves simplifying the ability 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. 

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 http://www.windowsembedded.com/compact7. The platform is expected to be released to manufacturing in the fourth quarter of this year.

Microsoft, Redmond, WA. [www.windowsembedded.com].