1.2.3. Windows CE powered mobile devices

By Thomas Wierlemann

Table of contents Windows CE 3.0 Pocket PC Handheld PC

The Microsoft operating system for mobile devices is named Windows CE. According to information from Microsoft, "CE" is not an abbreviation of any two words. It doesn't stand for anything. They just thought it sounded cool. The only Microsoft product that seems to have been updated faster than any thing else from Microsoft is Windows CE. Since its introduction in November 1996, there have been three major releases of the operating system and a few minor ones. The major releases of this operating system are:

A further comment about version numbers for new members of the Windows CE world, which are often at a complete loss by the various version numbers and project names. At Microsoft, there are two parallel development efforts relating to Windows CE. The first is the operating system itself, which has gone through a number of modifications since its first release. The second development area is in the various platform groups. There are two relevant mobile platforms running Windows CE:

These platforms also have their own version-numbering scheme - the H/PC platform is just changing from version 2.1 to H/PC 2000 (based on CE 3.0), and the Palm-size PC changed during autumn of 2000 to version 3.0 and is now named Pocket PC. In the subsequent paragraphs first the new features of Windows CE 3.0 are depicted followed by details about the two platforms. The devices, which are presented, are restricted to those providing a platform, which was built, based on Windows CE 3.0 only. The decision to concentrate on CE 3.0 platforms was taken due to several reasons, among others performance and stability of CE 3.0 has improved a lot to become a real player in the PDA arena.

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