Comparison of Microsoft Windows Versions - General Information - CE-based


Windows CE (sometimes abbreviated WinCE) is a variation of Microsoft's Windows operating system for minimalistic computers and embedded systems. Windows CE is a distinctly different kernel, rather than a trimmed-down version of desktop Windows. It is supported on Intel x86 and compatibles, MIPS, ARM, and Hitachi SuperH processors.

Release date RTM Build Current version Status support License/Source model Codename Based on (kernel) Kernel type Operating environments Editions Purpose Short description
Windows CE 1.0 November 1996 Pegasus, Alder CE 1.0 Embedded first release of Microsoft's Windows CE line for minimalistic computers and embedded systems
Windows CE 2.0 November 1997 Mercury, Apollo CE 2.0 2.1, 2.11 Embedded
Windows CE 3.0 April 2000 Unsupported
Shared source/ Microsoft EULA Cedar, Galileo, Rapier, Merlin, Stinger CE 3.0 Embedded kernel Embedded
Windows Pocket PC 2002 CE 3.0
Windows CE 4.0 7 January 2002 Talisker CE 4.0 4.1, 4.2 Embedded
Windows Mobile 2003 23 June 2003 Ozone CE 4.20
Windows CE 5.0 9 July 2004 5.0 (9 July 2004) Supported Shared source/ Microsoft EULA Macallan CE 5.0 Embedded kernel Embedded
Windows Mobile 5.0 9–12 May 2005 Magneto CE 5.0
Windows Embedded CE 6.0 1 November 2006 Shared source/ Microsoft EULA Yamazaki CE 6.0 Hybrid kernel
Windows Mobile 6.0 12 February 2007 Crossbow CE 5.2
Windows Mobile 6.1 1 April 2008 various performance enhancements, a redesigned Home screen, threaded SMS, full page zooming in IE and Domain Enroll
Windows Mobile 6.5 May 18, 2009 minor upgrade to the existing Windows Mobile platform
Windows Phone 7 November 8, 2010 Photon CE 6.0 major update to the platform, merging Smartphone and Pocket PC.
Windows Phone 7.5 November, 2011 Mango CE 6.1 update of Windows Phone.

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