Microsoft Announces Beta 1 of 'Talisker,' the Next Version of Windows CE

Commitment to Windows CE 3.0 Expanded Through Innovation Alliance Program

And New Board Support Packages



Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Microsoft Corp.

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at the Embedded Systems
 Conference (ESC) San Francisco 2001, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:   MSFT) announced
 the release of beta 1 of "Talisker" (the code name for the next version of the
 Microsoft(R) Windows(R) CE operating system).  "Talisker," a robust real-time
 embedded operating system, will deliver the latest wireless and multimedia
 functionality to enable embedded developers to quickly bring to market smart
 connected devices.  Microsoft also unveiled the Microsoft Windows CE
 3.0 Innovation Alliance Program, which gives systems integrators (SIs)
 increased source code access that will enable them to provide greater service
 to their customers.  In addition, Microsoft announced 18 new board support
 packages (BSPs) for the Windows CE 3.0 operating system, further reducing time
 to market for OEMs, as well as new Windows CE 3.0 worldwide training programs.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO )
     "This has been an incredibly successful year for Windows CE, and we are
 excited about the industry adoption we are seeing around Windows CE 3.0," said
 Bill Veghte, vice president of the Embedded and Appliance Platforms Group at
 Microsoft Corp.  "'Talisker' continues the technology innovation of Windows CE
 3.0 and will enable industry partners to quickly build the next generation of
 .NET-enabled smart devices."
 
     "Talisker" Beta 1
     Designed for small-footprint, connected mobile devices, "Talisker"
 beta 1 was released today to approximately 300 beta testers for feedback and
 early prototyping.  Among the key new features delivered in "Talisker"
 beta 1 are better wireless and network connectivity through native support for
 Bluetooth, Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) and new USB drivers, enhanced
 multimedia functionality with DVD support, and stronger security with the
 inclusion of the Kerberos security protocol and support for secure socket
 layers (SSL) for the HTTP Server in "Talisker."  In addition, new
 functionalities such as installable interrupt service routines (ISRs), new
 BSPs and customizable UI services will help OEMs deliver products to market
 faster and upgrade the functionality of their devices throughout the product
 life cycle.  Microsoft is targeting late 2001 for final release.
 
     Windows CE 3.0 Innovation Alliance Program
     The Windows CE 3.0 Innovation Alliance Program, which includes key systems
 integrators such as Accelent Systems Inc., Annasoft Systems, BSQUARE Corp.,
 NMI Electronics Ltd., 3Soft GmbH and VenturCom Inc., is designed to give SIs
 increased access to the Windows CE 3.0 source code so they can provide a
 higher level of service and support when building Windows CE-based devices.
 The extended access not only will assist in bringing up the devices, but also
 will help in the debugging process as SIs develop applications and services to
 run on these Windows Powered smart devices.
 
     New Windows CE 3.0 Board Support Packages
     Microsoft also announced at ESC San Francisco this week that 18 new BSPs
 for Windows CE 3.0 are available for free download at
 http://www.msdn.microsoft.com/embedded/ .  BSPs are preconfigured and
 pretested software packages that, together with the hardware reference
 platforms, enable OEMs to jump-start their embedded designs and thereby
 significantly reduce their time to market.
     Microsoft also announced the Windows CE 3.0 training programs.  These
 five-day, instructor-led courses will provide in-depth, hands-on training on
 how to use Windows CE 3.0 Platform Builder to build embedded devices.  Classes
 will be led by Microsoft-certified training companies and will be available in
 Belgium, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, India, Sweden, Taiwan, the
 United Kingdom and the United States.
 
     About the Microsoft Windows Embedded Family
     The Microsoft Windows Embedded operating systems and tools provide
 comprehensive software platforms for building the next generation of
 intelligent, 32-bit connected Windows Powered devices that demand rich
 applications and Internet services for a wide range of flexible solutions.  In
 addition, Microsoft offers a wide range of programs and services designed to
 meet the specific needs of Windows Embedded customers, industry partners and
 developers. Windows Embedded includes Windows CE 3.0 and Windows NT(R)
 Embedded 4.0.
 
     About Microsoft
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services
 and Internet technologies for personal and business computing.  The company
 offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people
 through great software -- any time, any place and on any device.
     NOTE:  Microsoft, Windows and Windows NT are either registered trademarks
 or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.
     The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE Microsoft Corp.
    SAN FRANCISCO, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at the Embedded Systems
 Conference (ESC) San Francisco 2001, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:   MSFT) announced
 the release of beta 1 of "Talisker" (the code name for the next version of the
 Microsoft(R) Windows(R) CE operating system).  "Talisker," a robust real-time
 embedded operating system, will deliver the latest wireless and multimedia
 functionality to enable embedded developers to quickly bring to market smart
 connected devices.  Microsoft also unveiled the Microsoft Windows CE
 3.0 Innovation Alliance Program, which gives systems integrators (SIs)
 increased source code access that will enable them to provide greater service
 to their customers.  In addition, Microsoft announced 18 new board support
 packages (BSPs) for the Windows CE 3.0 operating system, further reducing time
 to market for OEMs, as well as new Windows CE 3.0 worldwide training programs.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO )
     "This has been an incredibly successful year for Windows CE, and we are
 excited about the industry adoption we are seeing around Windows CE 3.0," said
 Bill Veghte, vice president of the Embedded and Appliance Platforms Group at
 Microsoft Corp.  "'Talisker' continues the technology innovation of Windows CE
 3.0 and will enable industry partners to quickly build the next generation of
 .NET-enabled smart devices."
 
     "Talisker" Beta 1
     Designed for small-footprint, connected mobile devices, "Talisker"
 beta 1 was released today to approximately 300 beta testers for feedback and
 early prototyping.  Among the key new features delivered in "Talisker"
 beta 1 are better wireless and network connectivity through native support for
 Bluetooth, Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) and new USB drivers, enhanced
 multimedia functionality with DVD support, and stronger security with the
 inclusion of the Kerberos security protocol and support for secure socket
 layers (SSL) for the HTTP Server in "Talisker."  In addition, new
 functionalities such as installable interrupt service routines (ISRs), new
 BSPs and customizable UI services will help OEMs deliver products to market
 faster and upgrade the functionality of their devices throughout the product
 life cycle.  Microsoft is targeting late 2001 for final release.
 
     Windows CE 3.0 Innovation Alliance Program
     The Windows CE 3.0 Innovation Alliance Program, which includes key systems
 integrators such as Accelent Systems Inc., Annasoft Systems, BSQUARE Corp.,
 NMI Electronics Ltd., 3Soft GmbH and VenturCom Inc., is designed to give SIs
 increased access to the Windows CE 3.0 source code so they can provide a
 higher level of service and support when building Windows CE-based devices.
 The extended access not only will assist in bringing up the devices, but also
 will help in the debugging process as SIs develop applications and services to
 run on these Windows Powered smart devices.
 
     New Windows CE 3.0 Board Support Packages
     Microsoft also announced at ESC San Francisco this week that 18 new BSPs
 for Windows CE 3.0 are available for free download at
 http://www.msdn.microsoft.com/embedded/ .  BSPs are preconfigured and
 pretested software packages that, together with the hardware reference
 platforms, enable OEMs to jump-start their embedded designs and thereby
 significantly reduce their time to market.
     Microsoft also announced the Windows CE 3.0 training programs.  These
 five-day, instructor-led courses will provide in-depth, hands-on training on
 how to use Windows CE 3.0 Platform Builder to build embedded devices.  Classes
 will be led by Microsoft-certified training companies and will be available in
 Belgium, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, India, Sweden, Taiwan, the
 United Kingdom and the United States.
 
     About the Microsoft Windows Embedded Family
     The Microsoft Windows Embedded operating systems and tools provide
 comprehensive software platforms for building the next generation of
 intelligent, 32-bit connected Windows Powered devices that demand rich
 applications and Internet services for a wide range of flexible solutions.  In
 addition, Microsoft offers a wide range of programs and services designed to
 meet the specific needs of Windows Embedded customers, industry partners and
 developers. Windows Embedded includes Windows CE 3.0 and Windows NT(R)
 Embedded 4.0.
 
     About Microsoft
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services
 and Internet technologies for personal and business computing.  The company
 offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people
 through great software -- any time, any place and on any device.
     NOTE:  Microsoft, Windows and Windows NT are either registered trademarks
 or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.
     The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 SOURCE  Microsoft Corp.

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