Microsoft’s Menlo Spotted; Prototype Found Sporting 4.1 Capacitive Touch Display

August 9, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

It has been a mystery, all through. Microsoft’s Menlo project is now out in the open and we get to know that the mobile and operating system platform’s  prototype will come equipped with a 4.1 inch capacitive touch screen of resolution of 800×480. Previously thought to be a Windows tablet, the mobile device runs Microsoft Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2. It includes a Bosch BMA 150 3-axis accelerometer and Bosch BMP085 digital pressure barometer.

The Menlo is being readied with a new Microsoft research application called Greenfield. Rather than giving 2D positioning, the application promises an in-built navigation capability. The application would give directions including those on stairs and elevators. The Greenfield is a sensor-centric program which will allow users to retrace their steps to find their cars.

In theory, Menlo would carry with it the ability to run on a series of processors, like the ARM and x86 processors. That would finally open up ARM-based devices to being able to run Windows itself, rather than on products like Windows Embedded CE. The news about the availability of the product is not out yet, but Menlo could be a part or all of a future version of Windows Phone or Windows CE.

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