Microsoft released a document comparing some of the main features of Windows CE.NET 4.2, Pocket PC 2002, and Windows Mobile™ 2003 software for Pocket PC. It is designed to provide customers with a better understanding of the commonalities and differences between the platforms and explain the roles each play in Microsoft’s ongoing mobile and embedded device strategies.
The Windows Mobile™ platform is the lead Microsoft offering for mobile handheld computing devices and applications, including personal digital assistants (PDA). Standardization of both hardware and software requirements has allowed the Pocket PC to provide an optimized mobile handheld experience while supporting third-party application development. Windows CE .NET is designed to target a broader range of embedded devices. Given the array of embedded devices that may be created using Windows CE .NET, there are no standardized hardware or software requirements. The technologies in this article are grouped in nine major categories, based on common functionality.