Windows Embedded CE

Windows Embedded CE is a real-time operating system for a wide range of small-footprint consumer and enterprise devices. With the release of Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3, device manufacturers can use familiar tools and innovative technologies to bring their device to market quickly and efficiently.

Looking for a Windows 7-based platform? Check out Windows Embedded Compact 7, now available as a trial download under the Public Community Tech Preview program (Public CTP). Get the details and Public CTP download instructions for Windows Embedded Compact 7.
NewFeatures in CE 6.0 R3
Silverlight for Windows Embedded The power of Silverlight brought to Windows Embedded CE to create rich applications and user interfaces
Internet Explorer EmbeddedInternet Explorer with panning and zooming capabilities and a customizable interface to optimize the browsing experience on devices
Flash LiteBrowser plug in to render rich media websites
Touch and GesturePlug-in engine to enable natural input capabilities and gesture animations
Connection ManagerInfrastructure technology to manage multiple network interfaces on the device
Microsoft Office and PDF ViewersApplications to render Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Adobe PDF content on the device
QQ MessengerDevice side client to connect to popular Instant Messaging service
Windows Embedded CE Overview
Small Footprint300KB/ 700 Components
SH4 (up to CE 6.0 R2)
Real-time OS:32-bit Native Real-Time Support Unified Kernel
Run Win32 Apps:Customized Win 32 Applications
Trial6-month (180 days), fully functional
Cost (USD)Development Tools: $995 (purchase through your local distributor) or a (MSDN Subscription)
Runtime Licensing: Runtime pricing is based on purchase volume (contact your local distributor for volume discount rates). Local taxes, tariffs, and other costs may apply.
Support10-year product support life cycleWindows Embedded CE Development Center (MSDN) Partner Resources
Developers can use Windows Embedded CE to bring their consumer or enterprise device to life by delivering compelling user experiences and seamless connection to the world of Windows devices, PC’s, Servers and Services. Windows Embedded CE devices range from consumer electronics to missions critical industrial controllers including:
  • Barcode and RFID Scanners
  • Connected Internet Devices
  • Digital Picture Frames
  • Digital Media Adapters
  • e-reader devices
  • Gaming Devices
  • GPS Devices
  • Handheld Terminals
  • Home/building Automation Gateways
  • Human Machine Interfaces
  • Industrial Controls
  • Intelligent Appliances
  • Mini-Kiosks
  • Mobile Point of Service
  • Monitoring Devices
  • Networked Media Devices
  • Media Servers
  • Portable Media Players
  • Remote Metering
  • Set-top Boxes
  • Smart Media Controls
  • Thin Clients
  • Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Phones

Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 Advantages

High Confidence Platform - Build on the solid foundation of Windows Embedded CE 6.0

Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 is a real time operating system built on the highly reliable, high performance CE 6.0 platform to give device manufacturers confidence during the embedded development process. Device makers can use familiar tools like Platform Builder and Visual Studio and leverage their current investment in skills, hardware, and design as well as a fully trained worldwide ecosystem to efficiently bring embedded devices to market.

Endless Possibilities - Deliver innovative and differentiated solutions

Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 delivers innovative technologies to the CE platform to enable device manufacturers to bring their vision to life. CE 6.0 R3 new product features provide all the necessary technologies to enable device manufactures to build devices with an immersive user interface, rich browsing and connected experiences.

Windows Connected - Seamlessly connect to the world of Windows

The Windows Embedded CE6.0 R3 real time operating system provides the technologies to create devices that seamlessly connect to the familiar world of Windows. With CE 6.0 R3 new product features, you can extend your embedded device by connecting to Windows PCs, servers and online services with the familiarity you expect to securely access your infrastructure at work and your personal photos, videos and documents at home.

For complete details, pricing and licensing information, contact a Microsoft Windows Embedded Distributor near you.

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Dion Hutchings, Technical Product Manager explains what Windows Embedded CE is.