There has been rampant speculation for some time that Windows CE was dead and that Microsoft was abandoning it. The announcement that Windows 8 will run on ARM only added fuel to it, despite the fact that Win8 is undoubtedly going to have a large, desktop-style footprint and no capability for real-time operation. Well, Microsoft finally decided to tell us what many of us suspected for some time. Windows Embedded Compact (i.e. Windows CE) is still on their product roadmap. It will have a v Next, and it will be supported in newer versions of Visual Studio (well native development will be anyway). Read the full press release here.