Windows CE .Net and the embedded version of Windows XP will get a number of updates and new tools before the end of the year, said Megan Kidd, product manager with Microsoft’s embedded platforms group, on the eve of the Embedded Systems Conference.
Microsoft also plans to release an update to Windows CE .Net by the end of the year, code-named Jameson, which will have added support for IPv6 (Internet Protocol Version 6), SMS (Short Messaging System) and document viewers for additional Microsoft Office applications, Kidd said. This helps to assure that the operating system will remain compatible with advances in technology and software. Office Document Viewers are one of the most popular after-market add-ons for enterprise users.
The company has also loosened some of the terms of its shared source license governing Windows CE .Net. The license allows developers who purchase the operating system to view portions of the source code to help in developing and debugging their software. Microsoft has agreed to grant its academic licensees greater freedom over how they use the code so that they can reprint it in text books or other academic course material. This makes the operating system more attractive to developers and helps to create the possibility that fresh-out-of-school programmers will already be familiar with it.