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They think it's not compact, it is now!

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Posted 11 years ago | News | 6 comments | Author: Chris Tilley

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With thanks to ZSX on the forums

After seven and a half years of telling new Windows CE users that "CE" was not in fact a shortening of Windows Compact Edition, Microsoft's Embedded Systems Group - or at least their marketing people - have decided to shake-up their product naming conventions and back-track to where most new users thought we were already! Confused?

This is not the first time that Microsoft have massaged the brand names for their embedded systems products; NT Embedded became XP Embedded, Pocket PC 2002 turned into Windows Mobile 2002 in the back-product catalogue over-night and Windows CE became Windows Embedded CE with the release of core version 6.0.
As of Windows "CE" 7.0, the line will become known as "Windows Embedded Compact". The change has been made to facilitate an integration strategy for all Embedded system products so that the old distinctions between XP embedded and CE are replaced with architectural marketing paradigms.

This means that with CE celebrating its twelfth birthday later this year, the name-lineage at least will come to an abrupt end, although the product itself continues to go from strength to strength. Microsoft have also announced the availability of a new processional certification exam for "CE", Exam 70-571 which will be available from the 5th May 2008 and is designed to certify budding developers in Microsoft Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Application Development.

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Posted on 16 April 2008 at 09:15

Comments on this article

There are 6 comments for this news item.

CE Geek's Avatar CE Geek 16 April 2008 1:04:38 PM
So we see that "CE" also stands for Certification Exam. LOL
C:Amie's Avatar C:Amie 21 April 2008 5:59:31 AM
hahaha, nice.

You have to love marketeers, we shall see what CE 7 brings us.
kitor's Avatar kitor 25 April 2008 5:24:32 PM
CE is also Communité Européen' :D
CAuser's Avatar CAuser 31 March 2009 11:35:43 AM
Okay, CE means Embedded Compact. Somehow, MS messed up with the sequence.
michelbel's Avatar michelbel 31 March 2009 12:05:08 PM
No, not messed up the sequence, it's just the difference between thinking Big Endian vs Little Endian. It's just how two bytes fit in 16-bit words...
CE Geek's Avatar CE Geek 01 April 2009 4:38:33 AM
Very sharp of you to catch that, michelbel.

Signed, Geek CE
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