What kind of Windows is Windows CE? and what Windows Mobile differs from?

Sometimes I hear this question, or it’s addressed to me
Q-What kind of Windows is Windows CE? and what Windows Mobile differs from?

Well, straight from Wikipegia I copied&pasted some words that suit very well the answer

source: Windows CE

Windows CE (also known officially as Windows Embedded Compact post version 6.0 [2][3], and sometimes abbreviated WinCE) is Microsoft’s operating system for minimalistic computers and embedded systems. Windows CE is a distinctly different operating system and kernel, rather than a trimmed-down version of desktop Windows.
[…]
Microsoft has stated that the ‘CE’ is not an intentional initialism, but many people believe CE stands for ‘Consumer Electronics’ or ‘Compact Edition’; one non-user disparagingly calls it “Wince”.[4] Microsoft says it implies a number of Windows CE design precepts, including “Compact, Connectable, Compatible, Companion, and Efficient.”[5] The first version, known during development under the codename “Pegasus”, featured a Windows-like GUI and a number of Microsoft’s popular applications, all trimmed down for smaller storage, memory, and speed of the palmtops of the day.
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Many platforms have been based on the core Windows CE operating system, including Microsoft’s AutoPC, Pocket PC 2000, Pocket PC 2002, Windows Mobile 2003, Windows Mobile 2003 SE, Windows Mobile 5.0, Windows Mobile 6, Smartphone 2002, Smartphone 2003 and many industrial devices and embedded systems.

read the full text about Windows CE from Wikipegia, also you may read about Windows Mobile.

You may find more info about Windows CE evolution here: The History of Windows CE .

Want more?
If you are interested in Windows CE & c., you may subscribe Mirco Vanini‘s blog on UgiMobile, and attend his sessions at XeDotNet meetings. 😉

Lasts but not leasts, you may find more info from Microsoft web site
Microsoft Windows CE
Microsoft Windows Mobile

Well, I hope the answer was clear and comprehensive. 😉

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2 Responses to “What kind of Windows is Windows CE? and what Windows Mobile differs from?”

  1. Rik Says:

    It sounds enough clear now…Thanks for having collected these data. Rik.

  2. Xedotnet: Mobile Track « a developer’s breadcrumb Says:

    […] Xedotnet: Mobile Track By robertoschiabel It’s Windows CE, Windows Embedded, Windows Mobile … and so on! I already wrote few words here: What kind of Windows is Windows CE? …. […]

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