Microsoft to Announce New Windows CE Program

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-04-09 Print this article Print

Microsoft to give OEMs, vendors and systems integrators full access to Windows CE source code as well as the rights to modify and ship the code commercially in CE-based devices.

Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday evening will announce that it will, for the first time, give OEMs, vendors and systems integrators full access to the source code for Windows CE as well as the rights to modify and ship the code commercially in CE-based devices. The move will allow licensees to create new devices by building on top of the Windows CE code base, a real-time operating system for rapidly building the next generation of 32-bit connected, Windows-powered smart mobile and small footprint devices. It will also further expand Microsofts Shared Source Initiative, which was first reported by eWEEK in March 2001. This latest component of the initiative will be known as the Windows CE Shared Source Premium Licensing Program or CEP and builds on the existing Windows CE Shared Source Licensing Program, which allows developers, researchers, students and other interested parties to use the code for any noncommercial purpose.
Customers can also use the source code to develop, debug and support their own commercial software and hardware for the Windows CE platform.
Through its Shared Source Initiative, Microsoft has already made available some source code for Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows CE 3.0, Windows CE .Net, Microsoft Passport Manager, and components of Visual Studio .Net and ASP.Net. Some commentators have also noted that Microsofts recent "ASP .Net Starter Kit License" seems to be inching closer—at least in spirit—to the open-source GNU General Public License (GPL).

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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