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Page 1: We are living in a .Networked World

While c e 3 2 0 was down I had the opertunity to get my hands on the beast that is Windows CE Platform Builder. As it happens it was the release build of the newly updated Windows CE .net 4.1 Platforum builder.

After what seemed like an eternity of install screens, which truly tested the MSI installation system to it's limits it finished. Only on first load to present me with over 100MB of updates. Just what all 56K users want to see after spending too many hours than I care to account for downloading the 400 and something MB installer from Microsoft OEM System Builder site.

The Platform Builder is very orientated around what one would call the new generation of CE devices, Pocket PC's, Tablet PC's / Web Pads, SmartPhones. If you blink you'll miss the Clamshell option.

In essence the only difference between the various types of devices that are offered up as defaults is the contents of the build packages, drivers and system service. The familiar 640 x 240 Clamshell Handheld PC that we all know and love is nothing more than the major componants of the Web Pad, just with a altered aspect display.

One thing that unfortunatly has been made clear from my dive into Platform Builder 4.1, is that Microsoft have not intended large scale OEM's to offer up a 640 x 240 Clamshell version... not without some serious reconstruction any way.


This graphical overview of CE 4.1 .net is in 2 sections. The first page of screens, below, are from an initial attempt at creating a build, the second page and slighlty more successful build are of a later build in which the basic XP style theme has been activated.

The Pocket Office applications are missing, as this doesn't fall under the development of the Windows CE team, but of the Mobile Devices team.

NB: I appreciate that these Images will interest a lot of people, so feel free to link to these pages, but please don't re-distribute the images.






Inbox: Folders... how novel!




Windows Media Player:
Yes, 4.1 CAN play video files, with most of the main codecs of its big brother counterpart. Admitedly I didn't manage to get them to play... but I did hear it.

Messenger: Surly Not!








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