In case you missed the pretty quiet announcement this week,
Windows CE Windows Embedded Compact (love those marketers) 7.0 was released to manufacturers this week. You can download the eval as well.
There are some nice new features in this release, but what’s more important is that it’s actually been released. There seems to have been a lot of speculation lately about the demise of CE, and this concretely says “no, CE is not dead”. This release means that it is officially a supported product for the next 5 years with extended support for another 5 after that.
I spent most of this week in Redmond talking with some of the teams and I came away with a pretty positive impression about the future of
CE Compact. Microsoft has failed lately to provide information about the future and direction of Compact, and that lack of communication has led to a lot of people making implicit assumptions that we’ve been reassured are not true.
I don’t have any specifics that I can share right now, but I can say that I personally would have no qualms about recommending
CE 7 Embedded Compact 7 and the Compact Framework as a base for new products that you intend to ship for the next decade.
I’ll share more news as I get it.