Microsoft has officially launched "Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2" at the Embedded Technology Conference 2007 in Yokohama, Japan. Todays announcements included not only a laundry list of new Windows CE features and enhancements, but also "Spark," an initiative designed to cut the cost of CE development for hobbyists and academics.
Most of the new features had already been revealed (see sidebar), both via online release notes and by Windows Embedded General Manager Kevin Dallas. Dallas discussed some specifics of the Windows CE enhancements in his ESC keynote in October, and in a recent interview with our sister publication eWEEK.com.
Dallas is scheduled to deliver a keynote on Nov. 16 at the Yokohama embedded conference, which will be followed by a variety of technical sessions. Microsoft will also offer a CE 6.0 R2 "virtual launch" webcast on Thursday, Nov. 15.
At todays conference, third parties chimed in to provide support for CE 6.0 R2. For example, Monotype Imaging pays homage to the operating systems increasing international reach with an installable font engine, iType.