Windows Internet Services Overview

The Windows Internet Services feature for Microsoft® Windows® CE .NET provides base Internet client functionality, including support for FTP, Autodial, Auto Proxy, Passport Authentication, and Credential Manager. The Windows Internet (WinInet) application programming interface (API) lets application developers add Internet client functionality to their applications without the programming overhead associated with Windows Sockets and communications protocols.

Effective with version 4.1, WinInet can be supported on headless platforms. In version 4.2, WinInet has been optimized for performance and a smaller footprint, with the Passport SSI 1.4 authentication service now an optional component. Also effective with version 4.2, OEMs can customize the information that dialog boxes provide to users. For more information see Replacing the WinInet User Interface.

Feature Summary

The following table shows operating system design information for Windows Internet Services.

Element Information
Dependencies Requires Windows Sockets
Hardware considerations None

Modules and Components

The following table shows the components and modules that implement Windows Internet Services.

Item Module Component
Windows Internet Services wininet None
WinInet Replaceable user interface wininetui.lib None
Passport SSI 1.4 authentication passport None

Operating System Development Topics

Replacing the WinInet User Interface

Application Development Topics

Windows Internet Services (WinInet)

About HINTERNET Handles

Using Asynchronous WinInet Functions


HTTP and FTP Common Functions

HTTP Sessions

Handling Uniform Resource Locators


FTP Sessions

WinInet Security

WinInet Registry Settings

See Also

URL Moniker Services Overview | Internet Explorer 6.0 Overview

 Last updated on Friday, April 09, 2004

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