Windows Phone 7 is based on Win CE 7


There has been debate on what version of Windows Compact embedded Windows phone 7 is actually based on. Even though we  were pretty sure earlier this year before  WP7 was released, I have yet to read or find a place where the question has been officially answered . Currently, two versions (Win CE 6 and Win CE7) exist, beyond Win CE 5, the code base upon which the old Windows mobile was based. More details on version 6 code named “Cashmere” and version 7 codenamed “Chelan” can be found here.

James O’Neill found out that WP7 does indeed run Win CE 7 when he ran his test code on the phone emulator. This opens up exciting possibilities for future hardware based on the OS which include the following features from a previous post.

  – Dual Core Support (SMP, ARMv6)
   – Visual Studio 2008 Plug in
   – WIFI Positioning System
   – Bluetooth 2.1
   – Cellcore
   – DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance
   – Media Transfer Protocol
   – IE7 Rendering Rich Media Plug-Ins
   – NDIS 6.1 support
   – UX C ++ XAML API using technologies like Windows Presentation Foundation and Silverlight for attractive and functional user interfaces
   – Touch Input

I am excited about the dual core processor and DLNA support built into the base OS meaning that we can expect new hardware with these features next year.

James O’Neill Blog via @markwilsonit

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