Microsoft® Platform Builder provides basic configurations as starting points for the creation of an operating system (OS). The configurations are provided to give you a head start in developing an OS for a specific class of device. They are intended to reduce your overall OS development time. Once you have chosen a basic configuration, you can modify it to suit your specific needs.
The following table shows the configurations that are available from the Platform Builder New Platform Wizard.
|Custom Device||Provides the starting point for devices that require a software configuration that can be fully customized. These devices range from simple network devices with no display, to full-featured appliances with graphical displays, Internet browsing capabilities, and rich multimedia playback features.|
|Digital Media Receiver||Provides the starting point for devices that playback or store music, video, and other electronic media.|
|Enterprise Terminal||Provides a starting point for business terminals and transaction devices such as self-service kiosks, electronic payment terminals, and retail point-of-sale terminals.|
|Enterprise Web Pad||Provides the basic functionality for consumer Web pads with a touch-screen user interface (UI) and 640x480 or larger display. The Windows CE Standard Shell and applications can be used, custom versions substituted, or the configuration can be an entirely browser-based UI.|
|Gateway||Provides the starting point for network devices that connect to the Internet with a dial-up or broadband connection, and which share that connection with a wired or wireless home network.|
|Industrial Controller||Provides the starting point for industrial devices, such as human-machine interface (HMI) panels or programmable logic controllers (PLCs).|
|Internet Appliance||Provides the starting point for stationary, browser-based consumer Internet appliances, with a fixed display, such as a CRT or LCD, and a keyboard.|
|IP Phone||Provides the starting point for an Internet-based phone using Voice over IP (VoIP). Devices range from a basic phone with no graphical user interface (UI) to an advanced phone with a graphical UI. These devices can include Windows Messenger and a browser.|
|Mobile Handheld||Provides the starting point for a range of mobile devices with a clam-shell-and-keyboard design.|
|Mobile Phone||Provides the standard OS features required for building mobile handsets with wireless data, rich graphics, and 160x220 nominal display resolution. The Mobile Phone configuration includes the Microsoft Windows® CE Standard Shell and can optionally include Microsoft Pocket Internet Explorer, Inbox electronic messaging software, and Microsoft ActiveSync® 3.0 technologies.|
|Set-Top Box||Provides functionality for devices that are connected to a television for display of Internet and media content. This configuration includes the Windows CE Standard Shell with a browser-based TV user interface (UI). The TV navigation features are turned on by default in the browser.
A typical application might be a video-over-DSL set-top box with a browser-based TV user interface.
|Tiny Kernel||Provides a starting point for the smallest functional Windows CE OS image.|
|Windows Thin Client||Provides the starting point for remote-desktop terminals and includes those features necessary to support a remote desktop device, such as a constrained shell and the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP).|
Last updated on Wednesday, April 13, 2005
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