Windows Embedded Compact 7

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Windows Embedded Compact 7
A version of the Windows CE operating system
A concept UI used to display the graphical capabilities of Windows Embedded Compact 7
Developer Microsoft
Source model
Released to
March 1, 2011; 7 years ago (2011-03-01)
Kernel type Hybrid kernel
License Commercial proprietary software
Preceded by Windows Embedded CE 6.0
Succeeded by Windows Embedded Compact 2013
Official website
Support status
Mainstream Ended on April 12, 2016 (2016-04-12)[1]
Extended Ends on April 13, 2021 (2021-04-13)[1]

Windows Embedded Compact 7 (formerly known as Windows Embedded CE 7.0) is the seventh major release of Windows Embedded CE operating system. Windows Embedded Compact 7 is a real-time OS, separate from the Windows NT line, and is designed to target enterprise specific tools such as industrial controllers and consumer electronics devices such as digital cameras, GPS systems and also automotive infotainment systems. Windows Embedded Compact is designed to run on multiple CPU architectures and supports x86, SH (automotive only),[2][3] and ARM. During development, a Microsoft employee working in this division claimed that Microsoft was working hard on this release and that it shares the underlying kernel with Windows Phone.[4] Microsoft officially confirmed this and said that Windows Phone 7 is based on Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 with some features borrowed from Windows Embedded Compact 7, thus making it a hybrid solution.[5] Windows Embedded Compact 7 was released on March 1, 2011.[6]

New features

Windows Embedded Compact 7 contains these features:[7]


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  3. ^ a b "Windows Embedded Automotive 7 Datasheet" (PDF). Microsoft. Microsoft. Retrieved February 6, 2015.
  4. ^ "Windows CE is NOT dead!". Olivier's Blog. Microsoft. 2010-05-03. Retrieved 2012-07-24.
  5. ^ "Windows Phone 7 based on a hybrid Windows CE 6 / Compact 7 kernel?". Engadget. AOL. 2010-05-04. Retrieved 2012-07-24.
  6. ^ "Microsoft Windows Embedded Compact 7 to hit the market". TUGGD Media. 2011-03-03. Retrieved 2012-07-24.
  7. ^ Surur (2011-03-01). "Windows Embedded Compact 7 now released". WMPoweruser. Retrieved 2012-07-24.
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