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Windows CE 2.0 Information
By Chris De Herrera, Copyright 1997, 1998
 Version 1.31  Revised 10/25/98

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Microsoft Unveils the Windows CE 2.0 Operating System

The following features have been discussed in the Press and at Microsoft's Website.  There is no guarantee that these features will ship with v2.0 but this is as close as you can get before the systems ship.

Windows CE 2.0 Features

Feature

Description

486 CPU

Support for 486 CPUs from Intel and AMD

82x Power PC

82x Power PC CPUs from Motorola. See the Windows CE 2.0 Development Systems for details.

Color Display

Color to 32bits (True Color) (Handheld PCs use 256 colors)

Printing

Direct printing from CE  (PCL3 Only) Including True Type Fonts and WSIWIG

LAN Support

Local Area Network Support including NDIS, and SMB for Ethernet in ROM. You can login to Windows 95 or Windows NT and access files. See the Windows CE Ethernet FAQ for details

Active X

Active X subset (COM - Common Object Model)

Java

Java VM, Java Libraries,, VJ++ development software IDE (Development software in beta) HP announces Embeded Java VM and Sun announces intent to create Personal Java for CE

Scripting

Visual Basic Scripting (for batch/macros)(Development software in beta)

MFC

Microsoft Foundation Classes subset for C++ development (in rom on some units)

Pocket Powerpoint

Including the ability to use VGA/NTSC output (640x480 or 800x600) from PC Card.

Internet Explorer 2.0

Support for frames and native HTML scripts, plays sounds.   Java does not integrate with IE.

Direct X

Support for fast graphics required for games

Most existing Windows CE v1.0 applications will not have to be recompiled to work with Windows CE 2.0.

Windows CE 2.0 Specifications

Here's a rough comparison of the rumored Windows CE 2.0 flavor of systems.  There is no guarantee that all Windows CE 2.0 systems will have all these features.

 

PC Companion

       
Code Name Microsoft Link Gryphon (Palm-size PC) Mercury (H/PC) Jupiter (H/PC Pro) (Windows CE 2.11) Apollo (Auto PC) Camaro (Smart Phone) Windows CE Based Terminals Game Systems Embedded Systems
Form Factor Large Pager Handheld (Similar to existing 1.0 units) SubNotebook Car Automap Cellular Phone Thin Client Game Console Any
Potential Announcement Date Winter Consumer Electronics Show (1/98) Fall Comdex (11/97) Fall Comdex (10/98) Fall 200 Model Year Cars, Demo at Winter CES (1/98) Winter Consumer Electronics Show (1/98) July, 1998 5/21/98 Winter CES
Weight (ounces) 3-8 12-16 20-40 n/a 10-16 Varies   Varies
Features Touch Screen, 2-5 Key Pad,WAV recording and playback, Compact Flash, MiniCard, wireless LAN Touch Screen, Miniature keyboard, Color on some models,  Backlight,.WAV recording and playback Touch Screen, Keyboard, Color,  Backlight,.WAV recording and Playback, Hard Disk Voice Commands, GPS, Compact Flash, CD ROM Touch screen, Backlight, Handwriting Recognition Keyboard, VGA, Ethernet Modem, Internet Access, Cd Rom, 3D Video Power VRII w/Direct X 5.0 (includes DirectDraw, DirectSound, Direct3D, DirectPlay, DirectInput DirectShow) Palys Mpeg1 and AVIs, Yamaha  AICA audio, (uses SH4 CPU) Varies
Screen (LxWxBPP) 240 x 320 x 2, 4 or Color 640 x 240 x 32 color or 16 grey scale 640 x 480 x 32 color 256 x 64 x 3 Color 640 x 240 x 4 grey scale 640 x 480 color VGA, 800 x 600 color VGA   None to 800 x 600 x 24 bit color
RAM 2 MB 4-32 MB 16 MB+ 8 MB or more 4 MB 4 MB+    
Connectivity Pager, IRDA, Software Modem, Serial, Compact Flash Serial, Modem, Ethernet, IRDA Serial, Modem, Ethernet, Parallel, IRDA IRDA to H/PC, Palm PC, Laptop, e-mail, USB to other peripherals, cellular docking cradle Modem, Serial Ethernet, serial , parallel Modem Any
Manufacturers Casio, Everex, Palmax LG Electronics, Philips, Samsung, Uniden Hewlett Packard, Sharp, LG Electronics, Philips Hewlett Packard, NEC, Fujitsu, Sharp, Samsung, NTS, Vadem Alpine, Clarion, Daewoo, IAV, Infiniti, Hyundai, JBL, Puegeot, Magneti Marelli, Samsung, Visteon, Volkswagen, UT Automotive Samsung Boundless Technologies, NCD, Neoware Systems, Tektronix, Wyse Technology Sega Radiant Systems, Inc., Datus
Competitors REX, PalmPilot Newton, Zaurus, Psion Libretto, Subnotebooks   Nokia Network Computer (NC) Nintendo 64  
Notes Units are announced!  See the Windows CE 2.0 Palm-size PC Comparison for details! Units are now shipping!  See the Windows CE 2.0 Handheld PC Comparison for details! Price expected to be under $1000 for color.  See the Windows CE 2.1 Handheld PC Professional Comparison for details! Units are announced. See the Windows CE Auto PC Pictures! See the Windows CE Smart Phone Information. Units to ship without Java.  You can run a browser with Java from the server. Unvelied 11/20/98 Japan, 1999 - rest of the world See the Windows CE 2.0 Embedded Systems

Links to stories about Windows CE 2.0:

Microsoft preps Windows CE 2.0
Windows CE 2.0 Unveiled by Microsoft
Windows CE 2nd Generation Systems
Windows CE Targets New Markets
Jupiter and CE to compete with Libretto
Sega/MS to make Windows CE Games
Toshiba to make Windows CE Systems
Sharp to sell Windows CE Devices
Windows CE, in cars and phones!
NEC Readies Windows CE Subnotebook
Motorola, ARM Embrace Windows CE
Hewlett Packard HPC's take on PC features

Microsoft Technical Information:Windows CE Logo

Microsoft Windows CE: The New Choice for Dedicated Systems
Developing Applications for Windows CE
Windows CE Embedded Systems Technical Paper
Creating Applications for Windows CE FAQs


Windows CE 2.0 Upgrades

The following vendors have announced upgrades for their existing systems to Windows CE 2.0:

Manufacturer Hewlett Packard Philips Casio NEC Compaq
Free Upgrades Free to purchasers from 9/2/97 to 2/28/98 Free to purchasers from 8/2/97 to 12/31/97 (extended to 3/31/98) Free to purchasers from 9/8/97 to 12/31/97 No Free Upgrades Announced No Free Upgrades Announced
Upgrade Price $129.00 $99.00 $99.00 $99.00 $99.00
Availability December, 1997 Available 3-4 weeks after Microsoft ships v2.0 4th Quarter, 1997 4th Quarter, 1997 January, 1998
Supported Models 320LX only Velo 1 4mb, 8mb only A10, A11, A11+ only (A10, A11 includes additional 2mb ram) MobilePro 400/450 Only All Units - Includes additional 2mb RAM
Notes Upgraded units have 4 grey scales Upgraded units have 16 grey scales (switchable to 4 if preferred) Upgraded units have 4 grey scales Upgraded units have 4 grey scales Upgraded units have 4 grey scales
Shipping Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Windows CE 2.0 requires a minimum of 4mb of internal ram.  All 2mb units are not upgradeable to Windows CE 2.0 (Except Casio A10).

Links for Upgrades to CE 2.0:

Microsoft Announces Handheld PC Upgrade Strategy

Velo1 Windows CE 2.0 Hardware Upgrade Preparation

Velo1 Windows CE 2.0 Hardware Upgrade FAQ

Casio to offer free Windows CE 2.0 Upgrades

NEC Delivers on Microsoft Windows CE 2.0 for Handheld PCs; NEC Among First to Market With New Form Factor in Windows CE 2.0 Handheld Computing Device. Also Announces CE 2.0 Upgrade Program.

HP announces free user-installable ROM upgrade for HP 320LX Palmtop PC customers; features the new Microsoft Windows CE 2.0 operating system for handheld PCs


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Microsoft Windows CE Handheld PC, Palm-size PC Team

Jim Floyd, Handheld PC Product Manager in red shirt.

Picture taken at Fall Comdex, 1997 at Aladdin Hotel Keynote.

Robert O'Hara, Development Manager, Mobile Electronics Products Unit

Pictured at Microsoft boot, Winter CES 1998 with Palm PC.

He has been working on Windows CE since Pegasus.

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