The next version of Windows Embedded CE has just been announced at Computex in Taipei today. Windows Embedded Compact 7 CTP is available for download on the Connect Website (See edit below for connection instructions).
To read the press release, visit the Microsoft Presspass site here.
To learn more on the features, check out the Compact website:
I am really excited about this release as it brings great technologies that will allow Specialized Devices manufacturers to compete with existing tablets and slates. Providing an enhanced support for Silverlight-like UX (using Silverlight for Windows Embedded runtime and tools) along with connectivity and enterprise features such as Exchange 2010 AirSync, PDF and office viewers, or Device Stage support, Windows Embedded Compact 7 allows manufacturers to benefit from already implemented features, giving them the opportunity to concentrate on innovating. While I look forward to see what they will come with, I am amazed by what they could already put together is so little time. look at this EEE Pad EP101TC. Obviously this is really early prototype but given the fact that Compact 7 is not even RTMed yet, I think this is really promising.
And here are some snippets of some of the demos that have been developed, along with the consumer shell that is provided as a sample in the toolkit and the new IE7 browser, everything shaped with Silverlight for Windows Embedded:
I am working on Windows Embedded Compact 7 demos for TechEd North America next week, so if you want to see how this looks like, join me for my sessions:
WEM307 | Windows Embedded Compact: New Tools and Developer Story Session Type: Breakout Session Track: Windows Embedded Speaker(s): Olivier Bloch Level: 300 – Advanced The consumer market is driving devices applications development models, tools, market places to a new direction, and things are evolving really fast. Windows Embedded Compact being a small footprint componentized OS provides manufacturers the right tools and technologies to build next generation devices. Arriving soon, a new major release of Windows Embedded Compact will come along with new tools. In this session, learn about the new tools, the integration into Microsoft Visual Studio, the Microsoft Silverlight for Windows Embedded development tools, gaining a good understanding of the new possibilities to develop next generation devices and how designers and developers can now work together to provide the best user experience on devices.
WEM308 | Windows Embedded Overview: Demos of the Latest and Upcoming Releases Session Type: Breakout Session Track: Windows Embedded Speaker(s): Olivier Bloch Level: 300 – Advanced As the title states, this session is about demos only, no slides. If you want to learn about the latest technologies for Embedded such as Microsoft Silverlight for Windows Embedded, Windows Embedded Standard 7 (componentized version of Windows 7), the latest Microsoft Auto, and see all of these running on actual hardware, if you want to learn how to build your own media center or any kind of embedded device, this session is for you! Not only will you get demonstrations of the latest releases, but you will also get to see the future products such as the next release of Windows Embedded in real demos. Why would you miss this?
[EDIT] To access the download links on connect, you first need to apply for the project. Search for Windows Embedded Compact on this page: https://connect.microsoft.com/directory/non-feedback, then click on the “apply” link. You will be redirected to the project page where download links will be active.
Can't download the public CTP. There is no way 'Apply Now' button in connect.microsoft.com/windowsembeddedce so I can't join that connection.
Windows Embedded Compact 7 is not yet available in the Microsoft Connect Library and the download link at connect.microsoft.com/windowsembeddedce leads to a "Page Not Found" error,
I edited the post with instructions to download the CTP from Connect.
Just my $.02, I hope you consider releasing a separate "Slate" sku that offers Metro UI, MarketPlace and integrated Zune software. Having Slate/Tablet manufacturers create the UI framework is a mistake in my opinion.
@obloch: thanks, great to see ARMv7 and Neon support!
Can Windows Embedded Compact 7 be installed on something like Windows Virtual PC for testing basic development stuff?
@Simon: Yes, you can definitively run Compact 7 on a Virtual machine. Actually there is a BSP for Virtual PC provided in the tools. Bear in mind that you don't "Install" Windows Embedded Compact, you use Platform Builder which is a plug-in to Visual Studio, to build the OS (based on a selection of ocmponents, drivers, apps, you need and then deploy it to a target, Virtual PC being one of the potential targets.
I don't see any products on Connect at connect.microsoft.com/.../non-feedback
Is it only mine problem or this is known issue? How to apply for downloading in this case?
@Nikolay: There is no known isu about this, you just need to be singed in with a LiveID.
I was signed in with my LiveID. Tried it once more with no luck. I don't see any products on Connect at all. Even when I'm trying to clink on "61Products currently accepting bugs (browse)" - I'm getting 0 (zero) products as result. Do you know with whom I may contact regarding this issue?
@Nikolay: This is not a known issue. You need to send a request on the Connect Web Site assistance page: connect.microsoft.com/.../emailsupport.aspx
Is Silverlight for Embedded still bound to C++ rather than C# in this new version?
Silverlight for Windows Embedded is still using native code