WinCE is Microsoft’s operating system for embedded devices and is the basis for Pocket PC. However, Pocket PC has been heavily modified and a new version of it can come out many months after a new version of WinCE is released. Microsoft is working to make the two work more alike, which should shorten the time between new versions of Pocket PC.
Next year, Microsoft plans to release a new version of WinCE, code-named McKendric. According to eWeek, “McKendric will also achieve API compatibility with the Pocket PC at the shell level. As Microsoft moves forward with Pocket PC, the goal is to align it on the latest version of Windows CE so it can benefit from enhancements already made in power management and wireless networking.”
After that, Microsoft will release the next version of WinCE in 2005, code-named Macallan. This will make improvements in the operating systems file store abilities.
Thanks to PDAGeek for the tip.