It has recently been announced that the next version of Windows CE will be named Windows Embedded Compact 7 in the next generation of Microsoft operating systems. The Windows Embedded Compact 7 version will have all the features of Windows CE, as well as including Silverlight for Windows Embedded, Internet Explorer Embedded, connection managers, Microsoft office and PDF viewers, and more.
This name change is speculated to be a shift in marketing more than an actual change to the product. Many Windows CE devices will be marketed in the future as “Powered by Windows” rather than bearing the Windows CE name. By changing the name to Windows Embedded Compact 7, it’s likely that Microsoft aims to capitalize on the popularity of the Windows 7 operating system. The current version of WinCE, 6.0, will be continuing product distribution until 2022, so this common HMI platform will be available for quite some time.
InduSoft was the first HMI or SCADA software solution on the market to include a fully functioning Windows CE option. The small footprint of InduSoft Web Studio CEView and EmbeddedView pairs all the features of InduSoft Web Studio in a great software package that deploys as easily on any supported Windows operating system, from Windows CE to Windows Server editions, Windows 7, windows Vista, and more.