Windows CE 5.0 Features.

Following on from the I’d never use Windows CE or Windows XP Embedded post one of the requests that came up was for the list of features or technologies contained in Windows CE 5.0 (and a comparison against Windows CE 4.2), one reason to choose an embedded operating system may be that the technologies you need for your final design ship with the operating system – this of course saves time and effort in having to license the technology from a 3rd party, and of course integrate the technology with your design – Here’s a link to a PDF file which contains a comparison of Windows CE 4.2 and 5.0 features.

For just the listing of what's new in Windows CE 5.0, go here.

– Mike

Comments (4)

  1. Todd Brooks says:

    Amazing that Microsoft has not added WMI to the Windows CE kernel yet. Does Microsoft have any plans on adding it?

  2. Mike says:


    How would you use WMI on the Windows CE device ?

    – Mike

  3. Todd Brooks says:

    Remote mgmt of the devices via Wifi or even when docked would be a start. My specific use would be for auditing the devices for security and administrative purposes. Of course, my ideas are specific to my uses, I’m not sure if I could give a good business case for incorparating WMI.

    I can think of a specific usage scenario in which we would like it available:

    Company A has multiple sites/locations, connected via a WLAN. Their IT staff and sales staff are all given PocketPCs. Being able to remotely audit and configure these devices would be a great benefit, as opposed to only being able to audit/configure/manage when they are docked. Using ActiveSync for these purposes is less than ideal (granted, I haven’t coded for ActiveSync since v3.5. (Note: I know that the PocketPC (Windows Mobile) codebase is divergent from Windows CE 5.x, but PPC still uses WIndows CE as its core, right?)

    With the availability of Windows CE in embedded devices, auditing and administrative/configurative uses are that much more apparent (at least to me).

  4. Doug Abbott says:

    Hmmm, odd. The document looks like it was written by Microsoft, yet the link is to what appears to be an educational institute in Korea. Plus, I’ve never seen Microsoft publish anything in PDF format. So where did this really originate?

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