Macallan Windows CE Release Due This Summer
On the heels of delivering a new mobile operating system based on Windows CE 4.2, Microsoft takes the wraps off Windows CE 5.0.Microsoft Corp. took the wraps off the latest version of its Windows CE platform at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Francisco on Monday. Microsoft is distributing a "technology preview" version of Windows CE 5.0, code-named Macallan, to attendees of the show. On April 1, Microsoft plans to make the preview available for download from the Windows Embedded Web site at http://msdn.microsoft.com/embedded/. The company is promising the final Windows CE 5.0 release will ship this summer. Two years ago, Microsoft officials talked up plans for Macallan, noting at that time that the release would provide better storage capabilities and improved file system technology. Microsoft said at that time to expect Macallan to ship in 2005.
The Windows CE platform is embedded by a number of OEMs into a wide variety of devices. Microsoft itself is one of the OEMs, and builds its Pocket PC, Smartphone and Windows Automotive platforms atop Windows CE.