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Windows CE's 19th Birthday

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Posted 9 years ago | News | Chris Tilley 4 comments

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Yesterday, Windows CE celebrated its 19th birthday. From its 1996 origins to its more recent demise. The operating system can if nothing else be credited for the creation of this community and the bringing together of its many thousands of users over the last 15 years.

Many have come and gone, some are new and a small few have stayed throughout, yet what bound them together was that they all saw something useful, a utility in these classic Windows CE devices.

It would be wrong to suggest that these devices are much more than a novelty here at the tail end of 2015, but at the dawn of its 20th year, this site and the community (unlike Microsoft) stand as a testament to the platforms moment in the sun.

Happy birthday Windows CE.

View: Windows CE's oldest impression on Archive.org
Posted on 18 November 2015 at 08:40By Chris Tilley (C:Amie)

Comments on this article

Chuck E's Avatar Chuck E 18 December 2015 1:06:58 AM
Just think of all Windows CE (call it Embedded Compact, I'm fine with that) could have been at this point in time.
CE Geek's Avatar CE Geek 19 December 2015 10:55:36 AM
Too bad Microsoft kicked it out of the house long before its 18th birthday last year . . .
kurkosdr's Avatar kurkosdr 14 February 2016 4:08:26 PM
One thing I never understood is: Can Windows CE do dual-core (mutli-core) CPUs well? One of the major turn-offs of Windows Phone 7 was that it didn't do dual-core CPUs, which meant no 1080p video recording, which evolved into a major selling point for Android phones like the Galaxy S2, HTC Sensation and Optimus 2X (although the 2X was crappy at everything else)

Windows Phone 7 missed other things such as HD screens and MicroSD cards, so I never understood if lack of dual-core (mutli-core) was a limitation of Windows Phone 7 or Windows CE...
C:Amie's Avatar C:Amie 05 November 2016 12:12:08 PM
5 days until it's 20!
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