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Overview of Windows CE Development

Overview of Windows CE Development (Windows CE 5.0)

Windows CE 5.0
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Microsoft® Platform Builder is an integrated development environment (IDE) for building customized embedded OS designs based on the Microsoft Windows® CE OS.

Platform Builder comes with all development tools necessary for you to design, create, build, test, and debug a Windows CE–based OS design. The IDE provides a single integrated workspace in which you can work on both OS designs and projects.

To develop an OS design based on the Microsoft® Windows® CE OS, you must complete the following major tasks:

  • Create a board support package (BSP) for your specific target device.
  • Create an OS design, based on a standard or custom BSP, that you can use to create a run-time image that you can download to a standard development board (SDB), which is also called a hardware platform.
  • Create and customize device drivers for your target BSP.
  • Customize the OS design with additional projects and Catalog items.
  • Build the run-time image, download it to your SDB, and debug the run-time image by using the debugging tools found in the Microsoft Platform Builder integrated development environment (IDE).
  • When the run-time image is complete, export a software development kit (SDK) for your application developers.

The following image map shows the sequence of large-scale tasks in the process of developing a Windows CE–based run-time image with Platform Builder.

To link to topics containing information about the elements in the image map, move your pointer over the element and then choose the element.

See Also

Getting Assistance | Tutorials | How-to Topics | What's New in Windows CE | How to Create a Windows CE OS Design | How to Develop an OEM Adaptation Layer | How to Create a Device Driver | Debugging and Testing | Catalog Overview

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