Microsoft Windows CE (now officially known as Windows Embedded Compact and previously also known as Windows Embedded CE, often referred to as WinCE) is an operating system developed by Microsoft for embedded systems. It is not a smaller or simplified version of desktop Windows, but a distinct operating system. Microsoft licenses Windows CE to device makers, who can modify the user interface.
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The Palm-Size PC (a.k.a. Palm PC) was Microsoft's first handheld computer. Its original name was Palm PC, but this provoked a lawsuit from Palm Inc., so it was changed to Palm-Size PC. The Palm-Size PC was phased out in 2000, the new product line was called Pocket PC.
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Windows Mobile is a mobile operating system, a subset of Windows CE, developed by Microsoft for three groups of hardware devices:
  • smartphones with touchscreens,
  • smartphones without touchscreens,
  • and Pocket PCs, personal digital assistants with touchscreens, but without phone capabilities.
These devices run different versions of Windows Mobile, but software for the Windows Mobile platform will run on all three types of devices as long as it does not need some special hardware feature like touchscreen or phone capability.
The first version of Windows Mobile was released in 2000. In 2010 Windows Mobile was superseded by Windows Phone, which is incompatible with Windows Mobile devices and software.
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Windows Phone is a mobile operating system developed by Microsoft. It is the successor to the Windows Mobile platform, although incompatible with it. It was first launched in October 2010.
Windows Phone 7.x devices cannot run or update to Windows Phone 8.
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