The following is an article from Information Week's E-mail new service. It's hard for me to believe that anyone who has used Windows would want to us it in an embedded system to control an industrial shop-floor.
_____Microsoft To License Windows CE To OEMs______
Microsoft launched an expanded licensing program yesterday
for Windows CE, targeting original equipment manufacturers
interested in embedding the small, portable operating
system in a variety of dedicated product development
efforts. Microsoft is hoping to interest manufacturers of a
variety of embedded systems, from industrial shop-floor
automation to consumer electronic devices.
Microsoft has selected a number of system integrators to
support original equipment manufacturers with the
development of their Windows CE-based systems. Also, Microsoft
has selected various integrators to help ensure that all the
processor architectures supported by Windows CE are
available through a Windows CE toolkit called the OEM Adaptation
Kit (OAK). In addition to the systems integrators selected,
Microsoft has selected dedicated systems distributors to
handle the licensing for Windows CE. These distributors have
the right to sublicense Windows CE and can also provide
support to original equipment manufacturer customers, using
The new licensing program is part of Microsoft's efforts to
deploy Windows CE in a variety of product categories. The
first of these products, the Handheld PC (H/PC), was
introduced in November 1996. According to sources, Microsoft
has approached some computer manufacturers about licensing
Windows CE for other platforms, such as the NetPC, the
slimmed-down PC standard developed by Microsoft and Intel.
Siemens Nixdorf, for instance, has expressed interest in
deploying Windows CE in its NetPC, which Siemens Nixdorf
will announce later this week at CeBIT in Hanover, Germany.
-- John Soat