Sixth-generation Windows Embedded CE 6.0

It’s hard to imagine it has been 10 years since Microsoft announced an embedded Windows strategy at the last Las Vegas COMEX. it was not clear at the time what might result from the news and everyone was skeptical of Microsoft, but today the strategy is well established and many embedded applications now use either Embedded Windows or Windows CE. The latest announcement regarding Windows CE 6.0 further establishes Microsoft’s position in the embedded computing industry.

In conjunction with the 10-year anniversary of Windows Embedded, 100 percent of the Windows Embedded CE 6.0 kernel is now available through the Microsoft Shared Source program. By providing access to certain parts of the Windows Embedded CE source code such as the file systems, device drivers, and other core components, embedded developers can choose the code they need, compile it, and build their own unique operating systems, quickly bringing their devices to market.

Windows Embedded CE 6.0 boasts a reengineered kernel with capabilities such as capacity for 32,000 simultaneous processes and 2 GB of virtual memory address space per process while maintaining the software’s real-time capabilities. This enables developers to incorporate more robust applications into more intelligent, complex devices used on the road, at work, and in the home.