Microsoft to Incorporate VenturCom’s Component Technology Into Future Versions of Windows CE

Microsoft to Incorporate VenturCom’s Component Technology Into Future Versions of Windows CE

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 8, 1998 — Microsoft Corp. today announced an agreement with VenturCom Inc. to incorporate VenturCom’s Component Integrator technology into the next major release of the Microsoft® Windows® CE Embedded Toolkit for the Visual C++® development system. This technology, announced at the Windows CE Developers Conference, will enable embedded systems developers to use the Embedded Toolkit to visually assemble custom devices based on Windows CE software components, as well as to incorporate new software components such as device drivers, system services such as Web servers, and run-time environments in their embedded devices.

“The incorporation of VenturCom’s Component Integrator technology will make it much easier for developers to quickly build devices based on Windows CE and extend them with third-party components,” said Harel Kodesh, general manager of the consumer appliances group at Microsoft. “These tools will also enable application developers to analyze the system services and Win32® APIs supported by a custom device.”

“VenturCom is very excited to be supplying Microsoft with our Component Integrator technology for incorporation into future versions of Windows CE,” said Michael Dexter-Smith, CEO of VenturCom. “Windows CE will be very pervasive over the coming years, and the Component Integrator technology will make development with Windows CE that much easier.”

The Windows CE Embedded Toolkit provides developers with the Windows CE operating system and all the tools needed to create custom systems based on Windows CE. Windows CE was designed to provide connectivity and interoperability support to power the new era of interconnected computing appliances. Because the modular, scalable Windows CE platform is based on the Win32 API, developers can make optimal use of their programming knowledge to build embedded systems. The Win32 process model creates the first widely available platform to foster a thriving third-party industry, with products including advanced development and analysis tools, network protocols, software libraries and utilities. At the same time, Windows CE provides a stable, well-supported and modular operating system that can handle the wide variety of hardware platforms needed for embedded systems

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