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  • Blog Post: MSDN Embedded Subscription Announced

    1. To help you deliver their next generation of embedded devices successfully, we have announced the availability (as of July 1) of Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition with Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Embedded subscription.  This provides a cost-effective way to license the entire line...
  • Blog Post: Looking for Windows CE Supported BSP's or Drivers?

    You need to look no further than... http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/embedded/aa714506.aspx http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/embedded/aa714516.aspx Happy building - Dave
  • Blog Post: MirrorPilot - Reflecting on Satellite Navigation

    Frank blogged about this cool device yesterday .  MirrorPilot is a Satellite Navigation device that's behind a semi-transparent mirror (so you don't see it when it's off).  Running CE 5.0, the BSP is designed by Keith & Koep and the navigation software is by Elektrobit, and the thing is...
  • Blog Post: New version of Windows CE - ScarecrowReady

    OK - so this blog is in desperate need of a relaunch. But whilst I'm working on some new content I couldn't resist bringing you a sneak preview of our newest version of Windows CE. ScarecrowReady... No it's not a real product, but always interesting to see the variety of different uses for Windows...
  • Blog Post: Paris Techdays - Me, Mike and Olivier talk about Embedded...

    Olivier blogged about this a while back , but I came across it whilst I was pulling material together for MEDC. During the Paris Techdays in February, Oliver Bloch , Mike Hall and myself where interviewed about Microsoft Embedded technologies: Windows CE 6.0, Windows XP Embedded, and the .NET Micro Framework...
  • Blog Post: Windows CE Multimedia Device Development Webcast.

    This has been in my ToDo list for ages and I finally got round to looking at it today and strongly recommend it if you are interested in or looking to develop a multimedia device/ Set Top Box. The webcast is intended to help developers "discover how Windows Embedded can help you balance more complex...
  • Blog Post: It's not what you've got, its what you do with it! Windows Embedded in the Enterprise - Free Webinar

    Embedded platforms are being increasingly used as part of enterprise solutions to help improve efficiency and drive down cost. If these type of solutions are of interest to you sign up for the free webinar "Windows Embedded Opportunities in Enterprise Organizations," will be held on June 28 at 8:00PM...
  • Blog Post: Big Book of BSP Goes Live!

    Check out Called the "Big Book of BSP" and hosted on the Channel 9 website. The wiki, specifically for developers of Windows CE and Windows Mobile board-support packages (BSP's), aims to provide "comprehensive information pertaining to Windows Embedded CE and Windows Mobile BSPs." The wiki contains the...
  • Blog Post: Give your input on Windows Mobile and Embedded documentation

    The Windows Mobile and Embedded Content Publishing team wants to determine the and general satisfaction with, the currently available technical documentation, in order to help determine future improvements. Unfortunately, no prizes, bribes, or T-shirts, just the satisfaction of helping to improve the...
  • Blog Post: Windows CE guides Vista and Office 2007 around the UK

    In case you hadn’t noticed Microsoft UK kicked off the Developer launch for Windows Vista and the Office system 2007 today with two days of activity at our offices in Reading. The event was so popular that there wasn’t enough room for everyone so Mike , Mark , Daniel and Martin are taking to the road...
  • Blog Post: ...and it makes coffee (Part 2)

    ...the second in an occasional series. Struggling for that last minute Christmas present? Know someone who loves their coffee? Check out the Windows CE based Westinghouse Beyond Home Hub and coffee maker on Amazon. Home Hub Features: High performance AM/FM radio with intuitive, web-programmable...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Windows CE "SDK's"

    Ever wondered what's meant by the term "SDK," and how it applies to Windows CE or Windows Mobile device development? Sue Loh has posted another great article on the CE Base Team Blog explaining what an SDK is, and how SDKs have evolved with the release of Windows CE 6. http://blogs.msdn.com/ce_base...
  • Blog Post: Finding Windows CE bugs with help from "Dr. Watson"

    The key to fixing a bug discovered in the field is accurate information about the system's state when the bug manifests itself. Check out Abraham Kcholi and Gad Meir’s whitepaper on Windows for Devices where they show how the Windows CE Error Reporting module can be used to retrieve that information...
  • Blog Post: Memory Marshalling in Windows CE 6.0

    Windows Embedded CE 6.0 introduced a new, "third generation" kernel. Unsurprisingly, changes to the kernel architecture have impacted the way system software such as drivers and servers access memory. Sue Loh has put together yet another great whitepaper that explains the new memory access procedures...
  • Blog Post: Differences between Windows CE 6 and CE 5 Device Drivers

    WindowsForDevices has some really great stuff this week... You may have seen the Juggs Ravalia interview , on the CE 6.0 driver model that I posted a while back. Sue Loh has written a great whitepaper that puts more substance around porting device drivers from CE 5 to CE 6 and explains how they...
  • Blog Post: DIFFERENCES BETWEEN WINDOWS CE 5.0 AND CE 6.0

    So by now, you probably know that the Windows CE 6.0 kernel offers a vastly expanded address space along with many more processes than the Windows CE 5.0 kernel. But what is the significance of all this to the embedded developer, in terms of system performance, reliability, and security? Check...
  • Blog Post: Selecting a Flash File System for Mobile Devices

    Although it is neither seen or touched by the user, Low-level, flash filesystem software provides critical functionality on many mobile devices, ensuring that data can be written to the storage media, accessed by the user, and read on demand. Check out this great whitepaper which discusses the issues...
  • Blog Post: Windows CE 6.0 Launch Virtual Labs and Session Materials

    I've just been looking at the CE 6.0 Launch Technical Sessions and Virtual Labs. The labs are really cool, no need to install any tools just register, sign-in, launch and learn. Access to the sessions and labs listed below is available by signing in here with a Windows Live ID, which may be obtained...
  • Blog Post: Will Windows CE 5.0 Apps Run on Windows CE 6.0?

    Mike Hall covered this in a recent Blog post here . Given that Windows Embedded CE 6.0 introduces a third-generation kernel architecture , it's natural to wonder whether application binaries built for CE 5.0 will run on CE 6.0. Windows Embedded technical product manager Mike Hall has addressed this...
  • Blog Post: I will never use Windows CE or XP Embedded !!!

    Recently remembered this post from Mike Hall's blog a while back ( http://blogs.msdn.com/mikehall/archive/2004/12/22/331034.aspx ). Still a really good read... I will NEVER use Windows CE or Windows XP Embedded !!! That’s quite a strong statement, right ? – so why wouldn’t I use Windows CE or Windows...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Windows CE 6's Device Driver Model

    The new kernel architecture of Windows CE 6.0 includes changes in the device driver model. Check out Mike Hall interviewing Juggs Ravalia, of the Windows CE development team, to learn more. Prior to CE 6, device drivers ran under the control of the device driver manager, in one of the 32 process slots...
  • Blog Post: CE 6.0 Launch Date Announced - Attend the Virtual Launch

    ...From Mike Hall's Blog. CE 6.0 Launch Date has been announced - Make a note in your calendars for November 1st 2006 8am PST - note that this is going to be a Virtual event - more information available at http://www.ce6launch.com The launch event will give you a first look at Windows Embedded...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Windows CE's Memory layout

    There's a great article on WindowsForDevices.com... While application developers can usually ignore issues of memory mapping in Windows CE, engineers writing board support packages (BSPs) need to understand how Windows CE's memory is mapped, and the tools that make that happen. This article...
  • Blog Post: *** FREE *** Windows Embedded Technical Event in Reading. April 11th & 12th

    Would you like to attend a Windows Embedded technical Event for Free? If so, pop along to https://ssl.kundenserver.de/ssl.emea-distributor.com/roadshow/roadshow.htm and register. The two day event will cover Windows CE 5.0, XP Embedded, Windows Embedded for Point of Service (WEPOS) and the Windows Embedded...
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