Meanwhile, Application Builder is a new take on Visual Studio Smart Device Development.
"Application Builder partnered with an SDK spun from Platform Builder gives an application developer the ability to create applications targeting a specific device," Murphy says. "Application Builder SDKs are all-inclusive and contain not only all matching header and file libraries, but application templates and tool sets as well, ensuring matching files, end to end, from the device to the app!"
Microsoft Focused on Optimizing Performance of Embedded OS
Special attention is also paid to optimizing performance.
"Performance was a particular focus in this release," Bridgeland says. "We have spent countless hours optimizing our code to greatly improve system and network performance, making applications feel snappier."
Microsoft notes that it has made improvements to the core operating system, including memory management and networking capabilities. It has also improved file system performance to ensure devices running on Windows Embedded Compact are always available.
In addition, Microsoft optimized the startup with snapshot boot, which allows devices to boot within seconds to a known state, such as a specific UI with device drivers loaded.
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