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27 years of CE

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Posted 3 weeks ago | News | Chris Tilley 1 comment

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This week marked the 27th birthday of the original unveiling of the first generation of Handheld PC and what would quickly become known as Windows CE 1.0.

Revealed to the world at COMDEX 96, Windows CE formed the basis of Microsoft's mobile device strategy right up until its replacement with the modularised NT kernel in 2013. Despite its relegation to Microsoft's least favourite child, as reported here on HPC:Factor in October, Windows CE clung on as a product right up until 10th October 2023 when Windows Embedded Compact 2013 (Windows CE 8.0) was finally transitioned to end of life.

So as we roll around another year, we note that it is a shame that CE was unable to hang-on to life for another month to see its 27th birthday. So instead perhaps you'll raise a glass to all that was over this weekend and wish Windows CE a happy birthday - now gone, but not forgotten.
Posted on 18 November 2023 at 11:38By Chris Tilley (C:Amie)

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pacmania1982's Avatar pacmania1982 23 November 2023 2:29:53 PM
I've shared this video before (and no I don't have a higher quality version - this was from a cover CD from back in the day). Here's a Windows CE 1.0 demo:


I have a soft spot for CE 1.0 as it was what I had and used for years. I just got a Windows Mobile 2003 PDA delivered this morning that I won on eBay for £5. I still love CE to this day.
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