Microsoft delivers Windows Embedded Compact 2013

Microsoft has made the latest version of its embedded operating system generally available for small-footprint devices.
Written by Mary Jo Foley, Senior Contributing Editor on

Microsoft on June 13 made the latest version of its Windows Embedded Compact operating system generally available.


Windows Embedded Compact 2013 is the successor to Windows Embedded CE. It is targeted at small-footprint devices used by retail, manufacturing, healthcare and other vertical industries.

Late last year, Microsoft officials said to expect the final release of Windows Embedded Compact 2013 in the second quarter of 2013.

The 2013 release supports both X86 and ARM, and adds support for Visual Studio 2012. The latest Compact Embedded operating system also includes general memory management and networking improvements, file-system performance improvements, optimized startup with snapshot boot, built-in support for Wi-Fi, cellular and Bluetooth technologies, and a "seamless connection" to Windows Azure, according to Microsoft officials.

Windows Embedded Compact 2013 is one of several different embedded operating system offerings Microsoft sells, each of which is aimed at a specific set of devices and developers.

To get the generally available release, users need to register here to obtain the toolkit and product activation key.

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