Microsoft takes a renewed shot at tablet PCs with Windows Embedded Compact 7

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Gotta laugh given Apple’s “almost right first time” approach with the iPhone and iPad (which incidentally was interesting to learn that the iPad came first, not the iPhone according to the AllThingsD interview with Jobs), now Microsoft are trying desperately to catch up and provide a decent interface for manufacturers to create a tablet PC that will work this time. Sell 2m in 2 months though ? I seriously doubt it.

It’s launched Windows Embedded Compact 7, a lightweight interface designed for tablet devices and more importantly to be controlled by your fingers, hoping that manufacturers embrace the software so they in turn can offer things like “a seamless connection with Windows 7”, HD, MPEG-4 support and FLASH….woooo

No word on when devices powered by Windows Embedded Compact 7 will be hitting shops, however we would expect to start seeing products surface at CES if not sooner as other Internet tablets come onto the market.

Most of the details are still being kept under wraps, but it is expected that it will be made available to vendors in Q4.

You can have a look at the usual array of pretty videos of something in action at

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsembedded/en-us/products/windowsce/compact7.mspx

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Theo Priestley
Theo Priestley is Vice President and Chief Evangelist at Software AG, responsible for enabling the marketing and voice of the industry's leading Business Process, Big Data/ In-Memory/ Complex Event Processing, Integration and Transaction suite of platforms. Theo writes for several technology and business related sites including his own successful blog IT Redux. When he isn't evangelizing he's playing videogames, collecting comics and takes the odd photo now and then. Theo was previously an independent industry analyst and successful enterprise transformation consultant.

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