EMBEDDED SYSTEM OEMS TO GET MICROSOFT WINDOWS CE

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 […]

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/.