Windows® Embedded Compact 7 - An OS for Mini Devices
Since the launch of Windows 7, Microsoft has not been successful in creating an operating system (OS) integrated with a touch screen interface for tablets and other mini devices. With the release of Windows Phone 7 for smartphone, Microsoft was able to set an example of venturing out-of-the-desktop PC domain into the mini devices market.
According to Microsoft’s Windows Embedded Group Manager, Dan Javnozon, “Microsoft has always focused on ushering in the next breakthrough in computing technology, from the first microcomputers to today’s embedded devices. By extending beyond and providing the ability to connecting back to the PC, servers, and services, Windows Embedded makes it easy for OEMs to envision and build new types of devices that are intuitive for users in the home, on the road, or at work.”
Microsoft had promised to release a Windows 7 OS version for HP Slate, which is still not out. With the release of Windows Phone 7 OS, Nokia came into the limelight to be the exclusive platform to market Windows Phone 7 on its mobiles. Ever since then, Microsoft has entered the foray of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) by partnering with them in creating a Windows operating system for industrial appliances and vehicle electronics.
The shift in Microsoft’s strategy to target mini devices in collaboration with OEMs has been taken in collaboration with the consumer demand. Since smartphones are driven by apps that relate to movies, restaurants, books, and games, it will equally be a great investment for Microsoft to make a mark in the embedded devices segment as well.