Home > Windows > Report on Microsoft’s Embedded DevCon keynote Report on Microsoft’s Embedded DevCon keynote Eugenia Loli 2004-06-29 Windows 2 Comments WindowsForDevices.com reports on the keynote talk at Microsoft’s Windows Embedded DevCon (developer conference) taking place this week in San Diego. The story includes some interesting comments and highlights from the talk. 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 2004-06-30 5:42 am It’s good to hear that MS has a clear roadmap for WinCE. I was a Linux and OpenStep guy, still am, though I use more OS X than OpenStep these days. But my primary computer at home is a Windows CE machine. Why? Sound insane? Nah, well, maybe a little. CE is very much a “real OS,” though certainly with some limitations. It is tiny and fast. Apps for it tend to be the same. I’ve found it to be stable, more so than even the Linux PDAs I’ve owned and used. In a 32 MB ROM, I’ve got the OS, Office, a pretty darn modern version of IE, and more. In 128 MB of my SD card, I’ve got a bunch of Unix apps (including perl, LaTeX, wget, ftp, ssh, python, many others), my whole development environment for my chosen language- Squeak Smalltalk, Emacs for CE, VNC, and other apps. I’ve got a tabbed web browser that simply embeds IE and is a whopping 40 kb. 2004-06-30 5:46 am I’m glad he cut through all the fud. People say Win CE is dyeing!?!?!?!?! That’s the silliest thing I’ve heard in a long time. Windows CE dead?! Microsoft is working on Win CE 4.0 (Talisker) and Pocket PC 4.0 (Merlin), which is based on Win CE 4.0, and will most likely have those released and on new shipping devices by September. Just about every new handheld, and cellphone-PDA-combo device is based on Pocket PC and the trend is just more and more in Win CE’s favor as we move forward. There’s only ONE device released on EPOC 6.x so far – the Nokia 9210 – and it sucks compared to the Siemens GSM-phone & PDA combo device. And don’t even mention Palm OS… Psion is out of the handheld market so if an OS is on its way out, it’s EPOC.. and.. well.. Palm OS. Windows CE is more alive than ever!