Originally Posted by Jason Dunn
Windows CE, the embedded OS that keeps on trucking, is now Windows Embedded Compact 7. It includes full Silverlight 3.0 support, the same version of Internet Explorer that's found in Windows Phone 7, and - amazingly - Flash 10.1 support. Flash is supported by Windows Embedded Compact 7 but not Windows Phone 7? That strikes me as somewhat odd. It runs on ARM processors, and can be installed in as little as 500 KB. Will we see this OS on any sort of consumer device? I doubt it. In past years we've seen a few tablets running Windows CE, but with all the momentum that Android has, I think the days of an embedded Windows OS on a consumer tablet are over. I'd guess we'll see this new OS in enterprise/vertical markets - industrial machinery, etc.
I'm not so sure. It only makes sense that once Windows Phone 7 matures and stabilizes, there will be a tablet version of WP7. Since WP7 is basically Windows Embedded Compact 7 with extra bits, WINCE will make its way onto tablets. Maybe MS may wise up and allow memory slots on tablets running WP7 so they can compete with Android tablets?
But having said that, IMHO until MS provides a plug and play tablet focused version of WP7 or WEC7 (that includes the marketplace and a core set of apps like google) hardware manufacturers aren't going to go to the trouble to build on top of WEC7 themselves to make it a viable tablet platform, especially when Honeycomb Android is available for "free".
However, do I think that it will ever eclipse Android in numbers even *if* MS supplies a tablet version of their ARM based OSes... definitely not. MS has already missed the boat and is just madly trying to catch up in a dingy.