Embedded systems manufacturers are expected to start adopting the Windows CE operating system as Microsoft makes it available to OEMs. Microsoft says it’s targeting industrial plant floor automation devices.
`For the first time they will be able to get a lightweight, portable operating system that supports a subset of the Win32 API – opening up their products to hundreds of thousands of developers’.
Microsoft has selected a range of system integrators and distributors to support OEMs over the hardware-dependency issues.
* Microsoft Visual C++ development system v5.0 Professional Edition is now available. It’s said to include features that make it easier to build ActiveX component-based applications – key to integrating client-server and Internet technologies. They include COM support, new class libraries and a better compiler.
* Intel and Microsoft have now released the spec for their NetPC – a new class of sealed-case network computers offering compatibility with, and the performance and flexibility of, traditional PCs, but at lower cost. The spec was co-authored by Compaq, Dell and Hewlett-Packard, and the group expects new products within the next three months.
* Microsoft is making its Software Development Kit for Java v1.5 available free world-wide. It’s up on the Microsoft Web site at http://www.microsoft.com/java/.