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  • Blog Post: .NET Gadgeteer Robot (blog link)

    You’ve probably heard about the .NET Gadgeteer kit ( link to Microsoft Gadgeteer site – and link to Microsoft Research Gadgeteer site ) which gives the ability to rapidly develop cool/interesting hardware/software solutions without needing to know much about hardware – building a simple digital camera...
  • Blog Post: .NET Gadgeteer on MSDN Channel 9

    Check out the video on MSDN Channel 9 where Colin Miller (Product Unit Manager for .NET Micro Framework ) provides an overview of .NET Gadgeteer .   - Mike
  • Blog Post: .NET Gadgeteer at Maker Faire

    Colin Miller (Product Unit Manager for .NET Micro Framework) explains and demos the .NET Gadgeteer at Maker Faire in NY, here’s the video… The video also shows some demos built using Gadgeteer – More information about the .NET Gadgeteer can be found on the Microsoft Research site .
  • Blog Post: Want to learn C#? - Get the yellow book.

    Rob Miles has posted a PDF of his C# Yellow Book on his blog - if you are new to managed programming or the C# language then this 185 page PDF file is for you. - Mike
  • Blog Post: Sending e-mail from .NET Micro Framework

    Pavel Bánský has been working on more cool .NET Micro Framework, I just found this article over on his blog - Pavel has written an SMTP class that makes it easy to send e-mails from the .NET Micro Framework, including attachments! - very cool. - Mike
  • Blog Post: NETMF 3.0, Windows 7 Embedded, Spark Competition, Tools Updates.

    There were a number of announcements made at ESC East (and PDC) that might be of interest for both hobbyist and commercial developers. .NET Micro Framework 3.0 The .NET Micro Framework team announced availability of the .NET Micro Framework 3.0 SDK with a number of new features. Secure Sockets Layer...
  • Blog Post: Maker Faire: .NET Micro Framework and Microsoft Robotics Studio win "Editors Choice" awards!

    Just found this over on the .NET Micro Framework blog - the .NET Micro Framework and Microsoft Robotics Studio have won "Editors Choice" awards at Maker Faire Very cool! - Mike
  • Blog Post: .NET Micro Framework Competition – Dare to dream different challenge.

    The .NET Micro Framework team are running a competition called the Dare to dream different challenge . Like most competitions there are a number of rounds, as follows. Round 1 – Submit your idea (October 8th – December 15th 2008) Round 2 – Create a working prototype (January 15th – March 31st 2009) Round...
  • Blog Post: <$100 .NET Micro Framework Development board!

    Check out this low cost .NET Micro Framework board from GHI Electronics - The GHI web site also contains a video of the board being used to play a .MP3 file from a USB stick - pretty cool! The board is listed at $99, and has the following hardware and software features. Software: Micro...
  • Blog Post: .NET Micro Framework v3.0 Beta SDK and 3.0 Features.

    The .NET Micro Framework team have made a Beta of the .NET Micro Framework 3.0 available to download from the Microsoft Connect Site ( more information on the NETMF team blog ) What's new and interesting with v3.0 I hear you ask... The list of features planned for the v3.0 release can be found here and...
  • Blog Post: Time runs out for the MSN Direct Watch.

    John Canan, a Program Manager on the MSN Direct team has recently blogged about the end of the MSN Direct Watch , which is based on the .NET Micro Framework technologies. Here's a quote from John "As of recently, the Smart Watches with MSN Direct have sold out and are no longer for sale," Canan writes...
  • Blog Post: Book: Expert .NET Micro Framework

    Jens Kühner has just completed a book called "Expert .NET Micro Framework" Here's the Book Description (from Jens blog). Book Description: The Microsoft .NET Micro Framework is a small and efficient .NET runtime environment used to run managed code on embedded devices that are too small and resource...
  • Blog Post: What's new with the .NET Micro Framework 2.5?

    Jim Mateer, a program manager in the .NET Micro Framework team has recorded (and posted) a video that describes the new features in .NET Micro Framework 2.5. The video can be found on the MSDN Channel 9 Screencasts site This is also the topic for discussion at this months WE-DIG meeting - which is running...
  • Blog Post: What's happening at Embedded Systems West ? (April 14-17, San Jose)

    Embedded Systems West is coming up, there's just a month to the event! - We're doing a number of things at the event. First, there's the Industry Address on April 16th 3:45pm-4:45pm being given by Kevin Dallas (General Manager, Windows Embedded Business, Microsoft), and your favorite embedded Demo Monkey...
  • Blog Post: Embedded Sessions at TechEd 2008 Developers (Reasons to come to TechEd 2008)

    You are probably aware that we're not running the Mobile and Embedded Developers Conference (MEDC) this year, and are pointing people at Embedded Systems West (April 14-18, San Jose) , or TechEd Developers (June 3-6, Orlando, Florida) as the replacements for MEDC. Embedded Systems West will have content...
  • Blog Post: .NET Micro Framework Tetris - the gauntlet has been thrown!

    About this time last year I was heading to Paris (France, not Texas) to present at a developers conference - topics included Windows CE, Windows XP Embedded, Windows Embedded for Point of Service, and of course the .NET Micro Framework - I was in need of a super cool demo for the Micro Framework that...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 Shipped! (What does that mean for Embedded?)

    Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5 (and the .NET Compact Framework 3.5) has shipped - more information is available on Somasegar's blog . What does this mean for Embedded developers? - Let's take a look at this in "size" order. .NET Micro Framework - The .NET Micro Framework development tools...
  • Blog Post: ECNMag - DotNet, Embedded Development for the Rest of Us!

    John Leier from Digi International has written an article for ECNMag.com that discusses the use of .NET Micro Framework in embedded systems development - here's a snippet. Microsoft's .NET Micro Framework, in combination with the C# language and Microsoft's Visual Studio tools, gives engineers and programmers...
  • Blog Post: .NET Micro Framework blog

    The .NET Micro Framework team now have an MSDN Blog up and running - The NETMF Newsgroup is a great place to ask technical questions, the blog is a great place for you to keep up to date with the latest news on embedded development using the .NET Micro Framework. - Mike
  • Blog Post: NXP announces support for .NET Micro Framework.

    Interesting news item from NXP - NXP, the independent semiconductor company founded by Philips, and Adeneo, a Microsoft Windows Embedded Partner Program Gold member, today announced that the Microsoft .NET Micro Framework has been ported to support NXP’s popular LPC2000 microcontroller family based on...
  • Blog Post: Micro Framework Invaders...

    Back in Feb this year I was presenting at TechDays in Paris/France with Olivier Bloch and Dave Baker - we had a number of embedded sessions which covered .NET Micro Framework, Windows CE, Windows XP Embedded, Windows Embedded for Point of Service, and even an introduction to Microsoft Robotics Studio...
  • Blog Post: SJJ Micro: Low Cost Embedded Development Kit (EDK) for the .NET Micro Framework

    Sean Liming and team over at SJJ Micro have been busy working on a low cost .NET Micro Framework development kit which is now available for purchase. Here's some of the specifications for the board: The version of the iPac-9302 that ships with the EDK has the following features: PC/104 Dimensions of...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Sessions at ESC Boston - Sept 18-20, Boston.

    Microsoft is heading to ESC Boston (September 18-20), Kevin Dallas, General Manager for the Windows Embedded Business at Microsoft will be presenting a keynote presentation on Thursday September 20th at 1pm The title of the keynote is "Powering Smart, Connected, Service Oriented Devices" Here's the abstract...
  • Blog Post: OpenNETCF Community - Open for business...

    This is pretty awesome, those amazing OpenNETCF folks have just launched a new community page on the OpenNETCF web site . What's the community all about? - here's a snip from the OpenNETCF community page: While OpenNETCF Consulting and the OpenNETCF name itself are strongly associated to the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Surviving LinuxWorld (again!)

    It's interesting to see that when Linux developers hear the word "Microsoft" they immediately think "Crash!" (for some totally unknown reason) - so, given that LinuxWorld was running this week in Sunny old SFO it seemed appropriate for some of the Microsoft Embedded team to "Crash" LinuxWorld. This is...
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