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Programming Windows® Embedded CE 6.0 Developer Reference, 4th Edition by Douglas Boling

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Chapter 5. Common Controls and Windows CE

As Microsoft Windows matured as an operating system, it became apparent that the basic controls provided by Windows were insufficient for the sophisticated user interfaces that users demanded. Microsoft developed a series of additional controls, called common controls, for their internal applications and later made the dynamic-link library (DLL) containing the controls available to application developers. Starting with Microsoft Windows 95 and Microsoft Windows NT 3.5, the common control library was bundled with the operating system (although this didn’t stop Microsoft from making interim releases of the DLL as the common control library was enhanced). With each release of the common control DLL, new controls ...

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