Full (not eval) toolkits for Microsoft Embedded are available via download through certain MSDN subscriptions. These MSDN subscriptions also include Microsoft's Visual Studio and a broad array of Microsoft software at a fraction of the cost if bought individually. If you already have an MSDN subscription, follow this link to see if it includes access to Microsoft Embedded.
The least expensive MSDN subscription that includes the Embedded toolkits sells for around $1200 and can be purchased through Avnet.
Toolkits not obtained through an MSDN subscription are delivered on disks. Platform Builder, the toolkit for Windows Compact Edition 7 is a plug-in for Visual Studio 2008 and it is included in the purchase of Platform Builder. The toolkit , Platform Builder with Visual Studio sells for around $995. Evaluation toolkits are also available via download. There is a different version of Platform Builder for CE6 that plugs-into (and includes) Visual Studio 2005.
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