Olivier Bloch, Microsoft Embedded technical evangelist, has finally revealed what we have believed to be true for quite some time â€“ that Windows Phone 7 is based on the Windows CE 7 kernel. Up to now it has been suspected by some, but most believed Windows CE 6.0, first released in 2006, was the real core. Olivier debunked this by simply saying â€œBy the way, Windows Phone 7 is based on the Windows Embedded Compact 7 coreâ€
Olivier insisted the kernel, not publicly released and oft delayed, was in fact under active development.
Windows CE is NOT dead. Our devs our heads down finalizing Windows Embedded Compact 7 that will ship soon and that Microsoft will support over the next 10 years (at least). Windows Embedded team is investing a lot in adding new features, creating new tools to support these new features, analyzing the Embedded market really seriouslyâ€¦ Does that sound like a dead product? Definitively not.
Promising that we will hear a lot more about the kernel over the next few months, he promised â€œLots of good things are coming.â€
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