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What is Windows Embedded Compact CE core?

What is Windows Embedded Compact CE core?

Windows Embedded CE/Compact is a componentized, realtime, and small-footprint operating system with full access to the system’s source code.

Is Windows 7 Embedded Standard?

Windows 7 Embedded Standard used to be the reliable choice for many embedded projects. In January 2020, Microsoft ended support for Windows 7. Our OS development specialists can walk you through the process of creating the embedded operating system image that best suits your unique device or installation.

Is Windows 7 Embedded still supported?

Windows Embedded POSReady 7 It is the last supported edition of Windows based on Windows 7 to receive official support from Microsoft. Mainstream support for Windows Embedded POSReady 7 ended on October 11, 2016 and extended support ended on October 12, 2021.

What replaces embedded windows7?

As Windows Embedded died, Windows 10 IoT took over. It essentially came out in a modular version (Windows 10 IoT Core) and in a full version (Windows 10 IoT Enterprise).

Which is the latest version of Windows Embedded Compact?

Windows Embedded Compact 2013 is the latest product release in the Microsoft Embedded Compact family. It was launched in 2013 and will be supported until 2023, when the end of its life cycle is scheduled. WEC2013 introduces many new features when compared to Windows Embedded Compact 7.0 and Windows Embedded CE 6.0.

Do you need Visual Studio for Windows Embedded Compact 2013?

You will need Visual Studio 2013 installed on your computer (Microsoft offers it at: and you will also need Application Builder, an add-on that is provided for free by Microsoft at this link. Once Application Builder is installed, Visual Studio will offer a programming option for smart devices.

Are there any improvements in wec2013 for Windows Embedded?

There are several improvements in WEC2013 that every windows embedded development team has to be aware and this article demonstrates the performance and code size improvement. Although WEC7 is supporting ARMv7 instructions but the compiler and assembler is older and it didn’t support the THUMP2 instruction set.

Where to find framework assemblies for Embedded Compact 2013?

After downloading and installing the Application Builder I found the new framework assemblies in C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Reference Assemblies\\Microsoft\\Framework\\WindowsEmbeddedCompact\\v3.9, but there are no project templates targeting Embedded Compact 2013 in Visual Studio 2012.

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