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The Windows CE 1.0 public release happened 26 years ago today

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Posted 3 weeks ago | News | Chris Tilley 3 comments

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It is the 17th of November once again and that means that Windows CE and the Handheld PC celebrates its latest birthday. Revealed to the world at COMDEX 96, Windows CE spawned 17 years’ worth of embedded device innovation from countless manufacturers across the world before its eventual retirement and replacement with the unified Windows kernel in 2013.

Microsoft could never find a true niche for Windows CE and failed to capture the market to any significant extent – something that has continued to plague the company away from the Desktop and small business server space for decades. No iteration of CE ever achieved the synonymity and market penetration of perhaps its better known modern cousins Android and Apple iOS. Yet every year those few of us who cared still mark the occasion and on this day wish Windows CE another Happy Birthday.
Posted on 17 November 2022 at 13:19By Chris Tilley (C:Amie)

Comments on this article

torch's Avatar torch 17 November 2022 3:00:03 PM
Happy birthday! The release really must have been rushed if it was only public in November! That makes more sense why everything was so half finished
takwu's Avatar takwu 21 November 2022 4:45:03 PM
Happy belated bday Win CE!

While I am typing this on an Android device today (on Edge browser with a microsoft on screen keyboard) I still remember the days of web browsing with my Jornada all the way to Windows Phone 7.

Lets celebrate!
pacmania1982's Avatar pacmania1982 08 December 2022 9:07:37 PM
I still have very fond memories of Windows CE 1.0 - mainly because my HP 300LX was never offered the upgrade due to it having such limited amounts of storage.

I remember watching this video on one of the PC Plus! cover CD's here in the UK: https://youtu.be/Z_kAp4ub4RU - I bought the CD a while ago as someone was selling it JUST for this video. Someone had posted it on YouTube a LONG time ago but it disappeared.
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