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Edward Colbert <[log in to unmask]>
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Edward Colbert <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 11 Mar 1997 04:48:21 -0800
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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.

Take Care,

_____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 OAK.

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