Windows Embedded Compact 7 tablet hands-on

Pictures of Microsoft's prototype tablet operating system

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Can it knock the iPad off the tablet top spot?

At Computex Microsoft has been using a blank, brand-less tablet to demo its new Windows Embedded Compact 7 prototype OS. The platform as shown isn’t exactly as it would look on future devices – manufacturers using it would have to adapt and tailor the look of it themselves from its basic Windows CE origins – but it certainly looks intuitive.

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The version showed bares a striking resemblance to a blown up version of Windows phone 7 series, featuring all the Windows and Zune crossover features you’d expect. It also supports Flash 10.1 (take that, iPad), Silverlight for Windows and multitouch browsing.

Engadget had a hands-on with the device, producing the gallery of photos linked below. Will it be the tablet OS to rule them all? That kind of depends on how each manufacturer decides to use it...

- See the gallery of hands on pics

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