Microsoft to demo Win 7 for set-top boxes, tablets

1 Jun 2010

At the Computex Taipei technology show tomorrow, Microsoft will be showcasing Windows 7 technology as it will work on specialised devices, such as set-top boxes, tablet PCs, slates and smartphones.

Steve Guggenheimer, corporate vice-president of the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) division at Microsoft will unveil the public community technology preview (CTP) for Windows Embedded Compact 7.

The product demonstrations represent an opportunity for Microsoft to show manufacturers and partners that Windows 7 is up to the challenge to provide a basis for multimedia devices, including netbooks, tablet devices and even games consoles and TV set-top boxes.

The Windows 7 operating system is the fastest-selling one in OS history, shifting more than 100 million licences since October 2009.

The work of Windows Embedded Compact 7

Guggenheim will show how Windows Embedded Compact 7 works for sharing and managing content across networked devices, including new HDTVs, as well as pushing the enterprise end of things by showcasing the syncing over networks with AirSync and Exchange.

Windows Phone 7 and its various features will also be demoed, showing manufacturers the new features that they can take advantage of.

“The Windows platform creates tangible opportunities for our hardware partners to diversify their product portfolios and deliver rich computing experiences across a broad range of devices,” Guggenheimer said.

“The Windows Embedded Compact 7 toolkit will allow for richer customer experiences on a variety of specialised devices. We look forward to continued collaboration with our hardware partners to bring the very best experiences to customers worldwide.”

By Marie Boran