Embedded XP, CE Updates on Tap at Embedded DevCon
Microsoft offers two different embedded Windows flavors: Windows XP and Windows CE. Windows XP Embedded, a subset of Windows XP, is typically integrated into retail point-of-sale terminals, thin clients and advanced set-top boxes. Windows CE is a real-time embedded operating system typically used in small-footprint devices.
At next weeks conference which will be attended by developers in both the XP Embedded and CE camps Microsoft is slated to talk up Windows XP Embedded Service Pack 2 (SP2); Windows CE 5.0 (code-named "Macallan,"); SQL Server Mobile Edition (code-named "Laguna") and other mobile-technologies (namely, Pocket PC and Smartphone).
Embedded XP SP2 is for OEMs, not end users. Microsoft officials have that the release of Embedded SP2 will trail by about 60 days the final launch of XP SP2 (which Microsoft is currently planning to ship in late July).
Like the non-embedded XP SP2, the embedded service pack will include a number of new features and fixes, primarily ones that are security-focused.