The latest version of Microsoft's operating system (OS) for embedded devices, Windows Embedded Compact 7 is now available on a 180-day free trial.
Windows Embedded Compact 7 is the latest operating system version on the Windows Embedded CE platform, which has been used for automotive entertainment systems, ATM touchscreens and some medical equipment as well as consumer devices.
Microsoft claims Windows Embedded Compact 7 provides simplified access to information for enterprise users.
"The availability of the Windows Embedded Compact 7 platform marks 15 years of Microsoft's embedded leadership, which started with Windows Embedded CE, a real-time operating system for a wide range of small-footprint consumer and enterprise devices," said Dan Javnozon, a group manager for Windows Embedded at Microsoft, in a blog post.
OEMs such as HP and Wyse Technology are using Windows Embedded Compact 7 for cloud-based, thin client devices. Windows Embedded Compact 7 also supports the latest ARM architecture and provides resources for developers using Microsoft's Silverlight.
Steve Ballmer announced in 2010 that an updated Windows Embedded Handheld platform based on Windows 7 technologies will be released in the second half of 2011, offering enhanced features and functionality to meet the needs of networked enterprise devices.
The Windows Embedded Compact 7 with platform builder and compact test kit 180-day trial is available to download here.