Microsoft Corp. has made available Beta 2 of Talisker, the code name
for the upcoming version of Windows CE featuring more advanced support
for wireless communications and support for IE (Internet Explorer) 5.5.
The Beta 2 version of Talisker, still expected to ship in its final
form by the end of this year, also includes support for real time-
collaboration and communications and a new platform wizard to help
developers build for targeted devices more quickly.
Company officials said they still expect the first devices containing
the upcoming operating systems to be available early next year.
Along with the new beta, Microsoft announced its Talisker Rapid
Deployment Program intended to help corporate users and business
partners work more efficiently with the company in developing their
Those companies that join the program share hands-on feedback
throughout the development process. For doing so, those companies gain
access to early code, which should help them deliver their products to
The company also announced today its Talisker Emulation Edition
Preview, which allows users and developers to both build and test
Talisker-based code on Windows 2000 and Windows XP-based workstations.
The Emulation Edition, which can be downloaded for free, should save
developers both time and money because they can begin designing right
after they download the program without having to go out to buy the
"The emulation technologies are built right in so developers no longer
have to go out to buy their targeted hardware. After downloading they
can start development right there on the desktop with a Windows 2000 or
[Windows] XP-based workstation," said Megan Kidd, a product manager at
Microsoft, in Redmond, Wash.
The Emulation Edition is now available at msdn.microsoft.com/embedded.
Besides support for Bluetooth, which appeared in Beta 1, Microsoft has
added support for 802.1x Zero Configuration that helps simplify the
setup of 802.1x networks as well as enablesseamless roaming. The added
benefit with Beta 2 is the elimination of having to reconfigure remote
devices to work with different wireless networks. "If I have a device
today on the Microsoft Wireless Network and I walk over to a Starbuck
and enter into their wireless network, I would have to so dome
reconfiguration on my device. But with 802.1 support you no longer have
to do that reconfiguration work," Kidd said.
Beta 2 features support for the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) that
company officials believe will make the operating system more
attractive in that mobile devices will be able to communicate both text
and audio messaging, according to Kidd.
Other new features of Beta 2 include rich media support, including
support for Direct X 8.0 and Windows Media codecs.
Microsoft officials reiterated that the 32-bit beta, which will support
four chips, including the Intel x86, ARM, MIPS, and SHx, will be aimed
at those OEMs developing smart mobile devices such as PDAs, smart
phones, Windows thin clients set-top boxes, and industrial automation