Microsoft are including better VoIP support in their next version of their popular embedded version of Windows – CE 5.0. CE is used in many devices such as touch screen phones and PDAs and so enhanced VoIP support makes a lot of sense and will lead to a lot of exciting applications.
CE 4.2 has some limited support for VoIP, but is mainly focussed on call control features like call forwarding. Amongst other new features, 5.0 will integrate with Microsoft Exchange Server contacts, so users will be able to see when another client is online. Importantly, the new OS will provide conference facilities and native WiFi support – ideal for enterprise use.
Also new is support for Direct3D Mobile, enabling developers to make greater use of graphical and media-intensive content.
Version 5.0 is due out in the summer, and we’ll be bringing you reviews of the OS when it appears.