INFO: Support for Legacy Platforms

What are "legacy" platforms?

Legacy platforms are platforms that already reached End of Life and are not supported by their vendor. They are no longer covered by our Standard Support. However, due to persistent interest, we still offer a Legacy Edition of Rebex libraries for these platforms:

Platform name Platform code Release date End of Standard Support End of Life
.NET Compact Framework 3.5 netcf-3.5 2009-01-12 2019-07-01 2021-04-13
.NET Compact Framework 3.9 netcf-3.9 2013-12-02 2019-07-01 2023-10-10
.NET Framework 2.0/3.0 net-2.0 2006-11-27 2011-07-12 2011-07-12

These legacy platforms target the following operating systems:

  • Windows Embedded Compact 2013 (also known as Windows CE 2013 or Windows CE 8.0)
  • Windows Embedded Compact 7 (also known as Windows CE 7.0)
  • Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5
  • Windows Embedded CE 6.0
  • Windows Mobile 6.5, 6.1, 6.0, 5.0
  • Windows CE 5.0
  • Windows XP, 2003, Vista, 7
We will keep providing and maintaining binaries for .NET Compact Framework 3.5/3.9 and .NET Framework 2.0 until at least 2024-12-31, as long as your legacy support contract remains active. However, support for Rebex libraries on end-of-life platforms might be limited. We will still try to solve critical issues, but we might be unable to resolve those that are caused by platform bugs that are never going to be fixed.
Microsoft will keep selling new licenses for Windows Embedded Compact 2013 until 2028.

Does Rebex support end-of-life platforms?

End-of-life platforms are no longer supported by their vendor and may contain serious bugs and other issues that are never going to be fixed. Although we will try to aid our customers using end-of-life platforms, support can no longer be guraranteed. Make sure to test everything thoroughly on your target devices before purchasing a license.

Are binaries for legacy platforms included in standard packages?

No. They are only included in Legacy Editions which have to be purchased separately.

What is the difference between a Legacy Edition and standard edition?

  • Standard editions of Rebex libraries only include binaries and support for platforms covered by Standard Support.
  • Legacy Editions only include binaries and support for legacy platforms (.NET CF 3.5/3.9 and .NET Framework 2.0).

Legacy Edition releases are less frequent than standard editions. Critical bug fixes are backported to Legacy Edition, but new features or minor bugfixes are not. For details, see Legacy editions release history.

How to get a Legacy Edition of a Rebex library?

Simply download a trial to give it a try (make sure to pick the Legacy Edition package), and purchase a license for it.

I interested only in legacy platforms. Can I only buy a Legacy Edition license?

Yes. Legacy Editions and standard editions are separate products and can be purchased separately.

What will happen when my Legacy Edition expires?

  • You can continue using any version you already acquired.
  • You will lose access to technical support.
  • You will lose access to new releases.

Can I still get support for legacy platforms in 2025 and beyond?

Please contact to discuss terms and conditions.