Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 has been released to the web – here’s a link to the download page
Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 includes the following new features:
• Silverlight for Windows Embedded The power of Silverlight brought to Windows Embedded CE to create rich applications and user interfaces • Internet Explorer Embedded Internet Explorer with panning and zooming capabilities and a customizable interface to optimize the browsing experience on devices • Adobe Flash Lite Browser plug-in to render rich media Web sites • Touch and Gesture Plug-in engine to enable natural input capabilities and gesture animations • Connection Manager Infrastructure technology to manage multiple network interfaces on the device • Microsoft Office and PDF Viewers Applications to render Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Adobe PDF content on the device • QQ Messenger Device-side client to connect to popular Instant Messaging service
It may be useful to explain what “Silverlight for Windows Embedded” is. Typically people think of Silverlight as a cross-O/S, in-browser user experience and managed programming environment (more information on Wikipedia).
Silverlight for Windows Embedded is designed for developers to build out of browser applications and shells for embedded devices, based on Silverlight 2.0, and exposing a native code API for developers. Here’s an example of how to handle a button click event in native code (click to enlarge) – the diagram shows the XAML, and the native code to handle the event.