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Windows CE 3.0 offers improved Windows compatibility, combined with hard real-time processing support. New kernel services, such as support for nested interrupts, better thread response, additional task priorities, and semaphores, let the operating system respond immediately to events and interrupts. These real-time features make Windows CE 3.0 ideally suited for industrial applications such as robotics, test and measurement devices, and programmable logic controllers.
With greater storage and file-handling capabilities, interprocess communications, and networking support, Windows CE 3.0 interoperates easily with desktop environments that are based on Microsoft Windows NT and Microsoft Windows 2000. This makes Windows CE 3.0 the optimal choice for an enterprise system that combines small mobile systems with high-performance desktops servers and workstations.
New hardware features for Windows CE 3.0 include:
Real-time-support and other enhancements to the Windows CE kernel include the following:
Windows CE 3.0 supports larger data storage systems, and larger files within those systems.
In addition to the graphics and multimedia capabilities that are built into Windows CE, OEMs can add high performance DirectX and multimedia technologies to a Windows CE-based platform, with the DirectX Platform Adaptation Kit version 1.2 (DXPAK 1.2), available as an add-on for Platform Builder 3.0.
DXPAK 1.2 is based on the DirectX 6.1 API, Windows Media Technologies 4.1, Windows Media Player 6.4. Windows Media Technologies features include a wide variety of multimedia codecs, streaming and non-streaming media formats, and the Windows Media Player control. DirectX provides low-level access to audio and video hardware in a device-independent manner. By using a hardware abstraction layer and a hardware emulation layer, DirectX delivers a consistent set of capabilities across a variety of hardware configurations, while minimizing latency and maximizing hardware performance.
Windows CE 3.0 provides interprocess communication support with COM and MSMQ.
Communications enhancements to Windows CE include the following:
Security enhancements for Windows CE 3.0 include:
Shell service enhancements for Windows CE 3.0 include the following:
The Microsoft Windows CE Handheld PC (H/PC), Professional Edition shell, which includes the following applications:
A new browser control that is compatible with IE 4 for the desktop, but optimized for Windows CE, supports
Our new embedded Web Server provides many of the features of Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS), while still delivering optimal performance under the limited resources of a typical embedded system. Features include:
For client-side Internet development, Windows CE 3.0 includes a subset of the WinInet API, to support browser-based applications and FTP services.
The Windows CE 3.0 SDK includes a sample telnet server that enables remote administration of a client through a telnet client.
Windows CE is Unicode-based and includes international support for many locales, allowing you to create products that are appropriate for specific markets. Essential localization support is included for OEMs who want to create localized versions of their OS.
Windows CE provides full localization support, including binary resource (.res) and configuration files, automatically for these locales: Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazilian), Spanish, and Swedish.
A new Japanese handwriting input method editor (IME) application, along with the source code for the input method, is included in the SDK.