Microsoft has announced plans for several Windows Embedded Compact 7 updates, one planned for the fourth quarter of this year (Q4CY11) and one for the second half of 2012 (2HCY12).
According to the EE Times report. Next year’s version will get an updated kernel, faster file system, and broader hardware support.
I think it’s also worth highlighting that one of the main complaints about Compact 7 was also referenced which is the lack of application development environment support for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. But at present there are no details of any of the changes confirmed.