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    Timed Camera Capture

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    Jason Langrage asked if it’s possible to automatically capture an image from the camera of a WM 5.0 Smartphone every 30 mins, and then to upload to a web service. WM5.0 has three new ways of working with the camera, but unfortunately the two mechanisms...
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    MSMQ on Windows Mobile 5.0

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    Did you know there is a new version of MSMQ for Mobile 5.0? The distribution package is available as an aditional download from here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/mobility/windowsmobile/downloads/default.aspx And finally its available through CF...
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    Windows Mobile 5.0 Local Authentication Sub System (LASS) - Part 2

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    In Part 1 we looked at the power-on-password replacement options for Windows Mobile 2003. In this blog I want to take you through the new Local Authentication Sub System (LASS). This new architecture can be found in Windows CE 5.0 and Windows Mobile...
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    Device provisioning with XML

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    I guess this post is loosely related to deployment – I’ve been working on another customer question today around pre-configuring a VPN connection to use IPSec pre-shared keys. One of the really useful features of Smartphone that made it to Pocket PC 2003...
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    Custom Soft Input Panel (SIP) for Pocket PC

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    SIP - Soft Input Panel is the term used to describe the popup software keyboard provided on Pocket PC devices to simplify input. SIP's are generally 80 pixels high and shown at the bottom of the screen just above the menu bar. 'Can I write and install...
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    Deploying applications to Windows Mobile

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    I thought I would be a little different and make my first post as useful as possible by including some of my latest work. I guess I cant totally skip the intro bit tho: My name is Marcus Perryman and I've been working with or for Microsoft in the UK for...
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    Autorun installation

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    My first post on this blog was about deploying application and I touched briefly on autorun.exe. I have been asked several times to expand on this and go into the details so here it is! Windows Mobile supports a simple, automated way of installing...
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    Windows Mobile 5.0 Local Authentication Sub System (LASS) - Part 3

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    In Part1 I looked at the power-on-password replacement options for Windows Mobile 2003. Part 2 introduced the new Windows Mobile 5.0 LASS architecture and how to create a simple LAP. This post will look at a slightly more complex LAP, converting the LetMeIn...
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    How is Windows Mobile related to Windows CE?

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    I keep getting the question “How is Windows Mobile related to Windows CE?” To be more precise I get lots of questions that don’t make sense if you understand the relationship between CE and Windows Mobile. So for my own sanity I'm going to document it...
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    Windows Mobile in Kiosk Mode

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    This topic rates in my top 3 'soapbox' issues and it’s about time I vented some of my inner frustration... so let me just step up onto my soapbox and begin. Imagine a large enterprise wants to roll out a line of business application to its field or...
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    Timed Camera Capture - Update

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    Regards the Timed Camera Capture sample I posted last month, lots of you came across a bug in my code that slipped through my rigorous testing. I did a little code tidy up before I posted the ZIP and inadvertently removed an important line from the graph...
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    Active Sync 4.1 download available

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    At the VS launch event I was asked about the availability of 4.0 version of ActiveSync which felt like it was in beta for ever! A quick look over on the download page revealed that ActiveSync 4.1 has shipped very recently (18th Nov) and is available here...
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    Samsung i640v

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    Information about the new Samsung i640v device have started to appear on various blogs and news pages: Engadget , Unwired , MSMobileNews and even a short video on YouTube . It is a compact, elegant device with a slide out qwerty keypad and a thumb wheel...
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    Merge replication and complex filters

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    I'm currently doing a design review for a SQL CE + SQL 2000 mobile system developed by Thomas Granath and Anders Lundstedt that uses merge replication as the basis for sending data to the device. The exercise was prompted by slow perf seen during replication...
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    What Operating Systems does the .NET platform ship natively now?

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    Got this question over the weekend: "What Operating Systems does the .NET platform ship natively now?" So the obvious ones first: Windows XP Pro SP1 Windows XP Pro SP2 Windows Server 2003 What about embedded and mobile? WinCE 4.0 and above has the optional...
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    CAB file utility

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    Have you ever built a cab file and then lost the original INF? Or ever wondered just exactly what settings a Pocket PC theme uses? Windows XP includes shell extensions that can show you the raw files inside a CAB but at first glance what you see bears...
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    SQL Mobile

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    I had a question recently about memory issues with the SqlCeConnection class used in conjunction with SQL Mobile. In this customers app it appeared the class was leaking resources that were not being collected by the GC. So after just a few minutes of...
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    Messaging and Security Feature Pack

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    6th June, TechEd USA, Steve Ballmer announced the Messaging and Security Feature Pack for Windows Mobile 5.0. In conjunction with Exchange SP2 this brings push e-mail to Windows Mobile 5.0 devices by using a direct link from Exchange server to device...
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    VS2005 DeviceEmulator

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    I have been playing around with deviceemulator.exe today, trying to install a new device image and have it show up in the "Device Emulator Manager" (can be found from VS 2005 menu: Tools->Device Emulator Manager). Setting up an emulator should be...
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    Installing CF 2.0

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    CF 2.0 is about to release on Nov 7th but obviously no device will have the bits in ROM for some time. If you are writing code now that relies on CF 2.0 how can you deploy it? Firstly the CF bits need to be shipped with your installation. There...
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    Connection Manager

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    Connection Manager We’ve been working on a bunch of very tricky connection issues recently that came to light when creating a network configuration setup for a Mobile Operator (MO). The trickiness comes as a result of the complex network topology and...
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    Windows Mobile 5.0 Local Authentication Sub System (LASS) - Part 1

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    I came across another new feature of Windows Mobile 5.0 recently when trying to install an application that we originally created for Windows Mobile 2003 on a WM 5.0 device. The application, called Pocket Beat, is designed to provide Police officers with...
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    GetDeviceUniqueID

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    There is a new API available for retrieving a device id in Windows Mobile 5.0 for both Pocket PC and Smartphone. The first question: why do we need a new way of getting the device ID, what’s wrong with the old? To answer this you need to know what a device...
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    Using EVC 4.0 to build code for WM 5.0

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    Picking up on a comment that Frankie Chow made on my LASS part 3 post : "... how can we develop [for Windows Mobile 5.0] using VC++4?" First of all I need to make this clear: It’s not possible to use EVC 4.0 to build applications that specifically...
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    MSFP hits the streets

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    i-Mate have started shipping an OS update to their K-JAM device that includes the extra bits needed to support push e-mail. Push email is just one of the improvements in the MSFP (Messaging and Security Feature Pack) that works hand in hand with Exchange...
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