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Windows CE: Another year older...

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Posted 14 years ago | News | Chris Tilley 5 comments

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Today marks the 14th anniversary of the RTM of Windows Pegasus, better known as Windows CE 1.0.

After the release, a hand full of MIPS based devices were first to market within a matter of weeks, including the first appearances of the MobilePro line from NEC. By the end of Q1 in 1997 Hewlett Packard followed up hedging their bets on the rival SuperH 3 (SH3).

14 years later neither player remains in the market while both processors have succumbed to the dominance of ARM based and increasingly IA32 (colloquially 'x86') based instruction sets.

Despite the shifting focus onto the Pocket PC and now SmartPhone OS, Windows CE is still with us and Microsoft continues to innovate for the platform.

A social commentary of the last 14 years might choose to highlight that although Windows CE is very much an out of sight product here at the end of 2010. It has survived where others such as Newton, PalmOS and increasingly Symbian have failed into a distant memory.

Happy birthday Windows CE.
Posted on 17 November 2010 at 10:19By Chris Tilley (C:Amie)

Comments on this article

Mobilepro200's Avatar Mobilepro200 18 November 2010 2:07:46 AM
thank you for making this. happy birthday ce!!!
Chuck E's Avatar Chuck E 20 November 2010 10:51:40 PM
I first started using Windows CE over ten years ago, and the fascination is still with me. There's something personal about Windows CE; for me it's still fun to get online with my "minimalist" MobilePros and others. Happy Birthday Windows CE!
CE Geek's Avatar CE Geek 22 November 2010 11:47:01 PM
I echo those sentiments. :D
Duncan Blair's Avatar Duncan Blair 22 November 2010 12:31:30 PM
I'm still in.
HPC:Fan's Avatar HPC:Fan 01 December 2010 3:39:23 PM
I started to notice the palmtops emerge in 1997. I lusted after quite a few, the Mobile Pro's, Vadem Clio's etc. But being a school boy at the time, I had no real need for them. I did get an old Casio Zoomer which I found out in Atlanta.

But today, I own a whole host of various palmtops. My newest added palmtop is a, yup, Windows CE 1.0 Palmtop, the Casio Cassiopeia A-11 with a whopping 4mb of storage.

WinCE is a great little system. My only gripe is with the manufacturers. Wish they'd make 'em like they used to!
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