Configuration Selection

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.

Configuration Description
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).

See Also

Platform Creation with the New Platform Wizard | OS Configurations How-to Topics

Last updated on Wednesday, April 13, 2005

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