|A version of the Windows CE operating system|
|Released to |
|November 1, 2006|
|Latest release||6.0 R3 / September 22, 2009|
|Kernel type||Hybrid kernel|
|Preceded by||Windows CE 5.0|
|Succeeded by||Windows Embedded Compact 7|
|Official website||Official website|
|Mainstream||Ended on April 9, 2013|
|Extended||Ended on April 10, 2018|
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Windows Embedded CE 6.0 (codenamed "Yamazaki") is the sixth major release of Microsoft Windows embedded operating system targeted to enterprise specific tools such as industrial controllers and consumer electronics devices like digital cameras. CE 6.0 features a kernel which supports 32,768 processes, up from the 32 process limit of prior versions. Each process receives 2 GB of virtual address space, up from 32 MB.
Windows Embedded CE 6.0 was released on November 1, 2006, and includes partial source code. The OS currently serves as the basis for the Zune HD. Windows Mobile 6.5 is based on Windows CE 5.2. Windows Phone 7, the first major release of the Windows Phone operating system, is based on Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3; although Windows Phone 7 is also using Windows Embedded Compact 7 features.
Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 was finalized in September 2009 for OEMs and serves as the base platform for the Zune HD and Windows Phone 7. CE 6.0 R3 includes the following new features and abilities:
|Silverlight for Windows Embedded||Abilities brought to Windows Embedded CE to create rich applications and user interfaces|
|Internet Explorer Embedded||Has multi-touch panning and zooming abilities and a customizable interface to optimize the browsing experience on devices|
|Flash Lite||Browser plug in to render rich media websites; not available in Windows Phone 7|
|Touch and Gesture||Plug-in engine to enable natural input abilities such as four-point multi-touch, advanced gestures and complex 3D animations|
|Connection Manager||Infrastructure technology to manage multiple network interfaces on the device|
|Microsoft Office and PDF viewers||Applications to render Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Adobe PDF content on the device|
Note that these features listed here are not all specific to Windows Phone 7 or the Zune HD.