Microsoft Windows CE 2.11 (Handheld PC Pro) - Jupiter

Released in 1998, Windows code name Jupiter followed on thirteen months later from its Handheld PC Predecessor - Windows CE 2.0 for Handheld PC's. The consumer platform release, to be known as Handheld PC 3.0 Professional was based on the Windows CE 2.11 code which came from the testing of the Windows CE 2.10 core. H/PC Pro was originally tested on the 2.10 core, with prototype devices appearing at the 1998 Comdex trade show based on 2.10.

Windows CE 2.11 based Handheld PC Pro devices are regarded as the definitive release for the Handheld PC. Appearing at the height of the H/PC's popularity they held the largest sales volume and concentrated the most development support over any of the H/PC platforms. The H/PC Pro formula was taken - almost intact and placed onto the Windows CE 3.0 core for the Galileo release which would later become HPC2000.
H/PC Professional represented the most significant step forward between any two Handheld PC releases, providing significant enhancements to the integrated Pocket Office applications, browser and platform performance.

 

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The release limitations for a Handheld PC 3.0 based device remained very rigid. Devices with resolutions higher than the HVGA Clamshell standard began to see larger market penetration, along with the first T/PC and keyboardless Windows CE devices - outside of the scope of the Palm-size PC release. The Clamshell 640x240 specification remained the device footprint used by the majority of large OEM's when creating consumer devices.

Windows CE 3.0 Desktop
Windows CE 2.11 desktop, graphically very similar to Windows CE 2.00

 

My Handheld PC
'My Handheld PC' or Windows CE Explorer

 

About Box
The about box

 

Start Menu
The start menu

 

Control Panel
Control Panel

 

Pocket Word
Pocket Word

 

Pocket Excel
Pocket Excel

 

Pocket Excel
Pocket PowerPoint, virtually unchanged since it's original CE 2.0 release.

 

Pocket Excel
Pocket Access. This is the first release of Pocket Access. Forms are not supported

 

Inbox
The H/PC Pr Inbox client, a substantial improvement over CE 2.00. With POP, IMAP4 and ActiveSync support

 

Contacts
Contacts organiser. Often pre-populated by the OEM with contact and support information

 

Tasks
Tasks list

 

Celendar
Calendar

 

Pocket Internet Explorer 1.1
Pocket Internet Explorer 3.0. Mozilla 3.2 Compatible

 

Help
Help has remained the same, being one of the few default programs to be a true 'window'

 

Remote Networking
Remote Networking

 

PC Link
PC Link

 

World Clock
World Clock

 

World Clock
Standard Windows CE Calculator

 

World Clock
InkWriter (Note Taking)

 

World Clock
The Windows Voice Recorder. Again virtually unchanged from precious releases

 

World Clock
The all important Solitaire game

 

World Clock
The first screen of the Out Of Box Experience (OOBE) Screen

 

World Clock
H/PC Pro Command Console

With thanks to Rory Lewis for assistance with this article.