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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2002-10-22 Print this article Print

: Microsoft Rolls Out XP Embedded OS"> The players and their roles are also changing as customers demand and define the experience and environment they want. A convergence of functionality, better tools and more standardization has already led to faster time-to-market, greater efficiencies and more differentiated devices, Warren said. "Microsofts overall vision is to build platform software that everyone will want to make an integral part of their lives and to make it possible to get those experiences to market and create tools so that rich applications can be built on top of this. Underlying all of this is the power of XML," he said.
The device experience is also expanding through its relationship to the PC, a link that is creating new opportunities for both devices and the PC. "Our role is to develop the software platform for building the next generation 32-bit connected applications and devices," he said.
Attendees were also shown a smart car, manufactured by DaimlerChrysler and primarily sold in Germany, with front- and rear-mounted cameras and an entertainment center that can play DVDs as well as MP3s and the like. Also on show was a smart exercise bike, complete with gaming capabilities in which cyclists can improve their game scores by pedaling faster. Microsoft is also proud of what it has achieved in the embedded space, Warren said, pointing to the fact that it now has more than 1,600 partners in 55 countries in the embedded space; there are now 17 partners in the Windows Embedded Startup Program; the number of Windows CE .Net drivers had grown 164 percent year-on-year; and 675 third-party Windows Embedded Solutions are now available in its marketplace. "Also, since the release of Windows CE .Net, more than 107,000 downloads of the Emulation Edition have taken place while more than 1.5 million lines of source code have been released, which will be increased over time. Our focus going forward is to continue to innovate around the platform, and youll see things like the maturing of the file system over time. We are also tremendously committed to componentization at the core," Warren said. There are a slew of products coming out later this fall and winter, including the Tablet PC, the Media Center PC and Windows-powered smart displays. McKendric, the code-name for the next version of Windows CE .Net, is targeted for release in early 2003. "We are also already working on Macallan, the code-name for the next major generation of Windows CE .Net that will take advantage of the features and functionality found in the next-generation Longhorn version of Windows," Warren concluded. Related Stories:
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    Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

    He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

    He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

    He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

    He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

    He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

    His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

    For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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