Officials at WebTV confirmed that future version of the product would run Windows CE, Microsoft's "thin" version of Windows. "That is the promise," said Alan Yates, senior product manager for Microsoft's consumer platforms division, when asked if WebTV would incorporate Windows CE. Company officials pointed out that the product wouldn't have to be changed in any way to accommodate the new OS.
WebTV will continue development of PersonalJava for WebTV as well, a version of Java that will work on the TV set-top devices. Java is being ported to Windows CE as well.
"We are committed to evolve PersonalJava and make it work well on WebTV," said Phil Goldman, senior vice president of engineering at WebTV, "Java is a key factor on the Web. You don't have full Web compatibility if you don't have full support for Java.