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A few days ago Asus announced the Eee Tablet 101TC, a 10″ tablet running Windows Embedded Compact 7. Today we’re hearing more details on this new OS from Microsoft.

The details are still fairly broad at the moment and none of it particularly surprising. WEC7 key features include:
  • Gesture control interface
  • Support for Flash 10.1, Acrobat, Silverlight Embedded, MPEG-4
  • Windows 7 integration and MS Office
  • Hardware support for ARM v7 architecture, Open GL ES 2.0, and multicore / SMP

This will perhaps be Microsoft’s most important OS release for the mobile space, where failure would mean more room for Google to entrench themselves.
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

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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