Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 Released to Web

Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 has been released to the web – here’s a link to the download page

Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 includes the following new features:

Silverlight for Windows Embedded
The power of Silverlight brought to Windows Embedded CE to create rich applications and user interfaces
Internet Explorer Embedded
Internet Explorer with panning and zooming capabilities and a customizable interface to optimize the browsing experience on devices
Adobe Flash Lite
Browser plug-in to render rich media Web sites
Touch and Gesture
Plug-in engine to enable natural input capabilities and gesture animations
Connection Manager
Infrastructure technology to manage multiple network interfaces on the device
Microsoft Office and PDF Viewers
Applications to render Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Adobe PDF content on the device
QQ Messenger
Device-side client to connect to popular Instant Messaging service

It may be useful to explain what “Silverlight for Windows Embedded” is. Typically people think of Silverlight as a cross-O/S, in-browser user experience and managed programming environment (more information on Wikipedia).

Silverlight for Windows Embedded is designed for developers to build out of browser applications and shells for embedded devices, based on Silverlight 2.0, and exposing a native code API for developers. Here’s an example of how to handle a button click event in native code (click to enlarge) – the diagram shows the XAML, and the native code to handle the event.


- Mike

Comments (14)

  1. hnakayam says:

    How about the Japanese Version R3 release?

    Is there any plan for delay or soon to be released?


  2. Chris says:

    Will there be a standalone install version soon? We’d rather not have to re-download it for every computer in our company. Download once, install many would be great.

    Or do you have any recommendation which would allow us to do a standalone install?

  3. I added a simple Silverlight for Embedded tutorial on my blog:

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    I hope it could be useful for people wanting to experiment with this technology and I also hope to be able to post some follow-up tutorials about more advanced Silverlight for Embedded topics.

  4. Scott says:

    I would also be interested in any news on a standalone version.  The setup application is giving me errors when it tries to download the cab files for install.

  5. Pod says:

    just installed the R3…the online installation is smooth. enabled silverlight, new iesample, xamlperf sample, gesture and connmgr. rebuilt my os image and loaded on my pxa320 device. result? xmalperf: launched and nothing happened. new iesample: can run but seems buggy on my 320×240 LCD. gesture: not working. connmgr: where is it? MS office: where is it? can not see it from catalog.

  6. xamlperf requires a XAML file as command line argument to run it. You should find some XAMLs (bubbles and others) inside your Windows directory.

    Connection manager is under "Communication services and networking". You may search "SYSGEN_CONNMGR" to find it.

    Viewers and QQ messenger are optional downloads and you can find them here:

  7. Pod says:

    thank you Valter. that cleared some of my questions. will see how the connmgr is about. think i have included the SYSGEN_CONNMGR but dont know how to use it. also the gesture maybe only possibly work in new iesample? or maybe touch driver needs some modifications. thanks.

  8. Dave says:

    Any more details on what ‘Connection Manager’ is? Is it an app-level thing, platform builder thing, etc.

  9. Mike Lieb says:

    Is Silverlight going to be installed on the MSN TV 2 Internet and Media Player any time soon?

  10. Sivaraj says:

    Does Wince 6.0 support POSIX APIs?

  11. frederick says:

    i juz bought GPS device Windows embedded CE 6

    what GPS software i must use? because it’s not compatible with windows mobile platfom..


  12. cedev says:

    Guys, is there any progress with x64 support (vista x64, windows 7 x64) in R3? This is being dragged out for a lo-o-o-o-o-o-ng time now …

  13. Scott says:

    I have an update on my installation problems in case anyone else has similar issues.  The apparent problem was that my ‘My Documents’ folder was pointing to a network drive.  This was causing 2 problems.  First, the installation screen would exit the wait for free space check splash screen before the check was finished.  Second, the installer would not download any of the installation files.  Temporarily setting the ‘My Documents’ folder back to the default on the local drive fixed both these issues.  Does anyone have a link where I can report this bug?

  14. cedev says:

    Bump. Anyone (mike?) reads these comments at all?

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