Windows Embedded Compact 7 is available!

We have ben talking about Windows Embedded Compact 7 for some time now, with several beta made available to the OEMs in the last months. Well, the product has now been released and is available to the public!image

This new version provides some great tools and features updates like new tools for developing Silverlight for Windows Embedded applications, SMP (Symmetric MultiProcessing) support, DLNA support, MTP support, … Microsoft has been investing more and more in the embedded space over the past 15 years and this will definitively not stop here.

In the videos below you will see D’Arcy Salzmann, senior product manager discussing Compact 7 features and benefits, and Beckhoff Industrial Automation illustrating their recent innovation utilizing Compact 7.


To learn more about Windows Embedded Compact 7, you can go check out this slide deck and the following technical content that has just been published:

You can also go download the eval version (fully functional) that provides a Virtual PC Board Support Package allowing you to do testing with Virtual devices.

Comments (7)

  1. Nicholas Piasecki says:

    Visual Studio 2010 support needs to happen:…/no-support-for-windows-ce-and-compact-framework-development-in-vs2010

    What is the migration plan?

  2. James says:

    Nicholas — yes!!!  We need Embedded Compact and Embedded Handheld support for VS2010 — and really also for older versions of Embedded Compact and Windows Mobile as well since those devices stick around for a long time so usually apps written for them need to support for current and previous versions of the OS.

  3. Jeremy says:

    Not on MSDN it isn't. And I am not the only one struggling to find it judging by the forum posts. Not impressed at all, I pay my subscription and expect to access the downloads. (Concierge just suggested posting a support issue).

  4. @Jeremy

    Actually the iso were posted but rapidly removed (temporarely)


    After confirming with our internal team, they discovered an installer glitch that could occur when installing from DVD discs. Because downloads from MSDN are burned to discs for installation, this bug could affect DVDs created from the ISO images downloaded from MSDN. We have temporarily removed the ISOs with the bug and will upload replacements next week.

    We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. Until a replacement is available, you can install the evaluation edition of Compact 7 who is unaffected.


    You should expect the ISOs to be back online later this week.

    Sorry for the inconvinience.


  5. Jeremy says:

    Olivier, thanks for the update. I'll wait until the new ISOs are posted. Reading the notes on the evaluation version, when you want to install the full version later you have to do a complete uninstall of the evaluation version first – I don't want to get caught out, especially running VS2008 and VS2010 on the same machine.

    I don't know if there is any way of keeping the MSDN support guys informed as they haven't been giving out the right information.

    Thanks for your help.


  6. @Jeremy

    Be aware that you don't need to uninstall and reinstall Visual Studio 2008, you need to uninstall and reinstall Windows Embedded Compact 7 tools (Platform Builder) only!


  7. John says:

    Hi Olivier,

    I am unable to access the virtual lab for "Data Binding in Silverlight for Windows Embedded" which you listed in your post. The website reports that the lab is offline. Can you please advise how or where I can access this virtual lab please? Thanks.

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