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  • Blog Post: Build your own embedded device at ESC East (Boston – Sept 21-24)

    At ESC East (Boston Sept 21-24) you will have the opportunity to get hands on with Windows Embedded technologies and an Intel Atom based board. The board spec is: Low power Intel® Atom Z510 GHz processor 1 GB DDR2-533 on-board mini SD socket 160Gb 2.5” SAT DVI output up to 1920x1080 through HDMI connector...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup: Embedded Competition Final Day

    Here’s a snapshot of the final day at Imagine Cup. Next year the Imagine Cup goes to Poland – more information here . - Mike
  • Blog Post: CEFileWiz now available on MSDN Code Gallery

    The CEFileWiz utility now has a new home on MSDN Code Gallery – The project page can be found here . - Mike
  • Blog Post: PowerToy: PipeTerm for Virtual PC 2007

    We recently released a CE 6.0 Binary BSP for Virtual PC 2007 – This can be quite useful for building and testing CE 6.0 images on your desktop PC, in much the same way as building and testing CE 6.0 operating system images using the existing ARM Device Emulator that ships with the CE 6.0 product. When...
  • Blog Post: Hosting a Silverlight 2.0 Application on CE 6.0 – Calling the CE Host.

    Recently I posted some information about hosting a Silverlight 2.0 application on a Windows CE 6.0 based host – This was really straight forward, I built a (very) simple Silverlight 2.0 application in Expression Blend, this generates a .XAP file, I ran the Silverlight application from Expression Blend...
  • Blog Post: Video: CE 6 – Wave your hand to change picture frame images

    We recently posted the CE 6.0 Virtual PC Binary BSP to the MSDN Code Gallery – I wanted to build something interesting using the Virtual PC BSP, so decided to build the obvious digital picture frame application with a twist. Virtual PC supports serial input either from a physical COMx port on your development...
  • Blog Post: Download: Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Virtual PC Binary BSP

    I get a reasonable number of questions about supporting Virtual PC 2007 from Windows Embedded CE 6.0. We’ve just published a CE 6.0 Binary BSP for Virtual PC 2007 on the MSDN Code Gallery site. Note that this is not an officially supported BSP (don’t phone product support, the only support mechanism...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Code Gallery: CE 6.0 XML Web Services WSDL/WSML Generator

    I’ve just created an MSDN Code Gallery page to host a utility initially created for Windows CE 4.2 to automate the generation of WSDL/WSML files for native code XML Web Services. The utility is called CEWSDLGen – the MSDN Code Gallery page is here . CEWSDLGen solves a couple of problems with building...
  • Blog Post: A new Embedded Blog – Fun with embedded development

    David Shoemaker, a developer in the CE shell team has started a new blog on MSDN called Fun with Embedded Development – David plans to build something based on one of the SPARK kits It sound like this will be an interesting project – here’s what David is going to cover… Device working, get an OS image...
  • Blog Post: Rockwell Automation – Web Enabled HMI

    Here’s a snip from Rockwell Automation’s site - Web-enabled access to plant-floor systems is increasingly important as you look to monitor and manage your production systems from remote locations. With Rockwell Automation's web-enabled HMI solutions, it’s now easier than ever to view production using...
  • Blog Post: Enabling ClearType on Windows CE 6.0

    I’m working on some code to get an old Digital Picture Frame up and running (Kurt found the hardware in the lab) – The frame doesn’t have any input so we decided to use Telnet as the interface to configure the picture feed (I’m using the Windows Live FrameIt feed http://frameit.live.com ), the Internet...
  • Blog Post: Let’s build a Digital Picture Frame (again)…

    I’ve posted some articles in the past about making Digital Picture Frame operating system images. Kurt Kennett (BSP developer in the Windows CE team) recently found an old digital picture frame (made by PhotoLoom) in our hardware lab. The device powered up but didn’t have a Compact Flash card to boot...
  • Blog Post: Quick question… Managed or Native?

    It’s been interesting to see the adoption of managed code for Windows Mobile devices, the majority of Windows Mobile developers today are using Managed code (C#/VB), I think this totally makes sense. But what about the embedded developer? I’m curious to find out whether you are a managed or native developer...
  • Blog Post: IE8 – Visual Studio Smart Device project issues.

    The Visual Studio team have blogged about an issue with Visual Studio 2005/2008 after installing IE8 ( Here’s a link to the blog article ). I’ve seen this issue when creating a Smart Device project in Visual Studio 2008, the fix is very simple, a change to your desktop registry. - Mike
  • Blog Post: CEFileWiz 3.2 Available

    I've just uploaded an update to CEFileWiz (v3.2) - There are a couple of changes. For a CE 6.0 project the new default ouput folder for new projects is now \Wince600\3rdParty - the previous default output folder was \Wince600\Public - hopefully this makes it easier for you to find your project...
  • Blog Post: Where to place your custom CE 6 catalog files ?

    The Windows Embedded CE 6.0 product typically installs to the \Wince600 folder, and has a number of sub-folders Public, Private, Platform etc… You may be working on an operating system project that uses an existing BSP, some of the CE 6.0 catalog features, and perhaps some sub-projects that are integrated...
  • Blog Post: Compact Framework – Understanding GC/Memory management

    Abhinaba from the .NET Compact Framework team has been writing a series of blog posts on the subject of Compact Framework, understanding memory allocation, garbage collection, mark/sweep vs. generational collection, and more to come! Here’s a link to the articles – and to Abhinabas blog homepage – I...
  • Blog Post: Understanding KITL

    Kurt Kennett, a developer in the Windows Embedded group has recorded a video that explains KITL (Kernel Independent Transport Layer). Here’s the video! Windows Embedded CE: understanding KITL Let me know if you would like to see more videos like this (or if you would prefer that Kurt doesn’t record any...
  • Blog Post: CE6 - Capturing .NET Compact Framework application statistics.

    You’ve just finished writing the worlds most amazing .NET Compact Framework application running on Windows Embedded CE 6.0, the application does everything apart from making a nice cup of hot tea. But how well does the application perform? Writing .NET code is great, the class libraries make you super...
  • Blog Post: More sessions at ESC West

    [WCE304] How is Windows Embedded CE a Hard Real Time embedded system? Kurt Kennett Tuesday, 2:00pm — 3:15pm Sponsored Sessions/Seminars/ 90-Minute Sponsored Session [WCE303] Developing Embedded Devices with CE 6.0 for Critical Security Markets Yannick Chammings Wednesday, 8:00am — 9:15am Sponsored Sessions...
  • Blog Post: Embedded Systems West Session – Industrial Solutions: Sensors to Servers

    Chris Muench and I will be presenting a session at Embedded Systems Conference West – here’s the details: [WEB01] Windows Embedded and Industrial solutions: from sensors to servers Speaker: Mike Hall (Microsoft), CHRIS MUENCH (MICROSOFT) Date/Time: Tuesday (March 31, 2009)   12:30pm — 1:45pm...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2009 Embedded Pre-Conference Tutorials now available for signup…

    Olivier Bloch has just posted some information about the TechEd 2009 (week of May 11th) US event, specifically the Windows Embedded Pre-Conference Tutorials. There are two tracks, one focused on Windows Embedded CE, the other focused on Windows Embedded Standard (Windows XP Embedded). Go take a look...
  • 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: SPARK Competition - Round 1 Ends Jan 7th!

    Don't forget that you only have a few days left to complete your entry to the SPARKs will Fly competition - Round 1 ends on Jan 7th 2009. Time to get your skates on and submit your entry. - Mike
  • Blog Post: GigaPixel Panorama - Windows CE, ICOP eBox - Cool!

    Here's another really cool project from Georgia Institute of Technology - the GigaPixel Panorama project - the project page has more information about the project and an image that clearly shows the ICOP eBox. - Mike
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