In one of those announcements that is much more important than it might seem, Microsoft has released a beta version of Windows CE 6. This is the latest version of an operating system that is used in a wide variety of devices and will be the fundamental basis of future versions of Windows Mobile.
Among other improvements, the upcoming version of this operating system supports significantly more simultaneously running processes, from 32 up to 32,000, each of which runs in a 2 GB virtual memory address space.
As always, Microsoft tries to make the latest version of Windows CE provide as much continuity of features and functionality from previous generations of this platform as possible, allowing device makers to use their previous investments in user interfaces, applications, and drivers.
Where Does Windows Mobile Come In?
The question Windows Mobile handheld and smartphone users are surely asking at this point is, "What does this mean to me?"
Unfortunately, Microsoft always plays its cards close to the chest in this area. While there can be little doubt that future versions of Windows Mobile will be based on Windows CE 6, exactly when this will happen is unknown at this point.
Still, Microsoft has been working in recent years to move Windows CE and Windows Mobile closer together, so it shouldn't be too long.
At this point, Microsoft has released only a beta of this operating system to to device makers, developers, and partners . There is no word when the final version will be available.
More information about Windows CE 6 can be found on Microsoft's web site.
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