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Windows Embedded Compact End-of-Life (EOL)

 
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Article updated at 21 Oct 2021
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Introduction

Windows Embedded Compact (WEC) has reached - or is reaching - End-Of-Life (EOL), depending on the version you are using and the date when you are reading this article.

This article answers common questions asked by our customers with regard to Windows CE support on Toradex SoMs. You might also find it useful to read Windows Embedded Compact License and Components.

Windows Embedded Compact (WEC) / WinCE End-of-Life

Visit the Microsoft website to learn support end dates from Microsoft for different WEC / WinCE versions:

Toradex WEC / WinCE Support

Learn about topics related to Toradex in the next sections.

Licensing

Toradex will continue to sell computers on modules with the WinCE stickers until the SoMs in question reach EOL. For more information, please check the respective product page on our website. The i.MX6 based SoMs are the modules with the farthest EOL (2028) and WEC support.

The exact date for the Last Time Buy (LTB) for licenses is May 31th 2028.

It is allowed using any older WEC/WinCE version on Toradex SoMs with a WEC 2013 license, i.e. WinCE 5/6 (Core), and WEC 7 (C7NR).

Security Patches

Security patches will be released only for WEC 2013, until Oct 10, 2023. Paid support might be possible after this date in some cases, check the Fixed Lifecycle Policy - Microsoft Lifecycle for details.

Migration Path

Torizon is the preferred migration path for Windows CE customers. Torizon was created with our large customer base of WEC/WinCE customers in mind. Torizon supports Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code, .NET, and is ready-to-use, allowing you to use Windows development tools and at the same time tapping into the large Linux ecosystem. Features as remote updates and monitoring are also available out-of-the-box.