Windows CE 5.0 Networked Media Device Feature Pack Launch

Microsoft Corp. today announced the worldwide availability of Windows® CE 5.0 Networked Media Device Feature Pack, an optional set of software components designed to lower the total cost of development for device-makers wanting to create next-generation networked media devices (NMDs) and Internet protocol set-top boxes (IP STBs), which will become an increasingly integral part of the digital home. The Microsoft® Windows CE 5.0 Networked Media Device Feature Pack supports a broader range of video formats, PlaysForSure™ certification and digital video recorder (DVR) functionalities, and helps developers focus their time on device differentiation and innovation instead of middleware licensing and integration.

Windows CE 5.0 Networked Media Device Feature Pack includes built-in middleware components that provide all the key networking, device drivers and codecs needed to develop an NMD or IP STB. This feature eliminates the need for device-makers to search for compatible third-party middleware, translating to faster time to market, lower total cost of ownership and reduced device complexity.

To encourage and facilitate greater device customization, the NMD middleware and DVR engine found in the Windows CE 5.0 Networked Media Device Feature Pack are included as part of Microsoft’s Shared Source Initiative. This program gives developers extensive access to Windows CE source code, including the right to modify and redistribute custom components. The shared source code license also includes a flexible template that OEMs can use to create unique, customized user interfaces that further differentiate their devices.

The Windows CE 5.0 Networked Media Device Feature Pack is available for download at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsce

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