Home > Windows > Microsoft to Preview New Mobile Windows CE Microsoft to Preview New Mobile Windows CE Eugenia Loli 2004-03-29 Windows 2 Comments Microsoft is set to release Monday a beta version of an update to its Windows CE operating system for handheld devices, set-top boxes and other limited-function computing devices. Update: Here is the press release. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 2 Comments 2004-03-30 2:36 am So, I’m a little confused by this. If I remember correctly Microsoft’s original handheld OS was called WindowsCE, and at some point in time they renamed it to PocketPC, Which I thought it was still called. But, the article talks about WindowsCE being the core embedded realtime OS and windows mobile being CE + some stuff layered on top to make a handheld OS, but it doesn’t mention PocketPC. Did i miss another name change? and can anyone explain the genealogy of WinCE, PocketPC, WindowsMobile to me? 2004-03-30 11:16 am I believe that the core OS is called Windows CE. PocketPC is a specific version for a standardized hardware (ARM, 320×200 screen, etc) platform. There are other branches as well, such as Handheld PC 2000. The Windows Mobile brand covers Windows CE and all of its branches.