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Windows CE 5.0
Version of the Windows CE operating system
Working stateDiscontinued
Source model
Released to
July 9, 2004
Latest releaseCE 5.2.19202
Kernel typeHybrid kernel
LicenseProprietary commercial software
Preceded byWindows CE 4.2
Succeeded byWindows Embedded CE 6.0
Official website
Support status
  • Mainstream support ended on October 13, 2009.[1]
  • Extended support ended on October 14, 2014.[1]
Windows CE 5.0 includes a stripped-down version of WordPad.

Windows CE 5.0 (codenamed "Macallan")[2] is a successor to Windows CE 4.2, the third release in the Windows CE .NET family. It was first released on July 9, 2004. Like its predecessors, Windows CE 5.0 is marketed towards the embedded device market and independent device vendors. Windows CE 5.0 is billed as a low-cost, compact, fast-to-market, real-time operating system available for x86, ARM, MIPS, and SuperH microprocessor-based systems.

Windows CE 5.0 builds on previous Windows CE releases in its adoption of shared source. Since 2001, Microsoft has been steadily expanding the available Windows CE source tree with embedded system developers. Windows CE 5.0 is the most open Microsoft operating system to date, though not all of the system is available under shared source agreements. Developers have the freedom to modify down to the kernel level, without the need to share their changes with Microsoft or competitors.

Windows CE 5.x is the base OS for Windows Mobile 6.0, 6.1 and 6.5. On the x86 platform, Windows CE 5.0 competes against Microsoft's other embedded operating systems, Windows XP Embedded and its predecessor Windows NT Embedded.

Platform Builder IDE for Windows CE 5.0 is the last builder tool available as standalone product.

The Fujitsu-Siemens Pocket LOOX N100 runs on Windows CE 5, which is normally hidden (with the exception of some scrollbars), but can be seen with a small hack.[3]

Windows CE vs. Windows XP Embedded

According to Microsoft, Windows CE is preferable to Windows XP Embedded in situations where demanding wireless and multimedia requirements need to be met. The following are the primary considerations for “choosing the right version”:

There is also a difference in cost.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Microsoft Support Lifecycle". Microsoft Support. Microsoft. Retrieved February 6, 2015.
  2. ^ Tilley, Chris (2001-02-18). "The History of Windows CE". HPC:Factor. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  3. ^ "Pocket LOOX N100 Windows CE Hack". 9 May 2009.