Application Development

Windows CE .NET offers the application developer the ease and versatility of scripting languages, along with the familiar environment of the Microsoft Win32® application programming interfaces (APIs), Active Template Library (ATL) for Windows CE, and the Microsoft Foundation Classes (MFC) for Windows CE. It also offers built-in support for multimedia, Internet, LAN, mobile communications, and security services.

The following table shows the application development features grouped by the major category list that appears in the Microsoft Platform Builder Catalog. The links in the table take you to the conceptual and reference documentation for these features. This documentation provides the detailed information that you need to incorporate these features into your Windows CE-based applications.

Major category Operating system feature
Applications and Services Development Microsoft C Run-Time Library

Component Services (COM and DCOM)

Device Management

LDAP Client

Message Queuing (MSMQ)

Microsoft Foundation Classes (MFC)

Object Exchange Protocol (OBEX)

MS Rich Edit Control 2.0

Pocket Outlook Object Model

SOAP ToolKit

Microsoft® Windows® .NET Compact Framework operating system component

Windows CE Standard SDK (Base Services)


Applications – End-User ActiveSync

Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)

Terminal Emulator

Windows Messenger

Communication Services and Networking Networking Features

Local Area Network (LAN)

  • Wired LAN (802.3, 802.5)
  • Wireless LAN (802.11)

Personal Area Network (PAN)

Wide Area Network (WAN)


Core OS Services Core OS Interface
File Systems and Data Store Data Store and Registry
Fonts Fonts
Hardware Support Input Devices
  • Mouse
  • Stylus


Serial Communications

Smart Card

IEEE 1394 Drivers

Device Manager

International Internationalization

Spell Checker (English - USA)

Internet Client Services Browser Application

Internet Explorer 6.0 for Windows CE Components


Multimedia Technologies Waveform Audio

Digital Rights Management






DVD-Video Renderer Interfaces

Windows Media Player Control

Windows Media Technologies

Security Authentication Services


Shell and User Interface Graphics, Windowing, and Events System (GWES)
  • Headless GWES
  • Minimal GWES Configuration
  • Minimal GDI Configuration
  • Minimal Input Configuration
  • Minimal Notifications Configuration
  • Minimal Window Manager Configuration


User Interface

Speech API (SAPI) Version 5.0

See Also

Platform and OS Directories

 Last updated on Wednesday, April 14, 2004

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