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About .Net Micro Framework Team Blog

Welcome to the .NET Micro Framework team blog, where we’ll be posting about our experiences, ideas, and activities. Our intent is to provide the latest information about the .NET Micro Framework, to get your unfiltered feedback, to support the development of the community, and to just plain have fun.
We spend most of our time working to make the .NET Micro Framework better, and finding time to blog on a regular basis on top of that can be hard. So a number of developers, testers, and product managers from the .NET Micro Framework team will be posting here to make sure you get the latest information from a variety of perspectives. Occasionally MVPs and Microsoft employees in other groups will join in as well. 
By the way, this blog is usually not the best place to get immediate help with a problem you’re having. Support for specific .NET Micro Framework issues is best obtained through Microsoft product support services, our discussion forum, or your board vendor.  Other .NET Micro Framework resources are available through our NETMF.com website.

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    NETMF 4.3: Document Update and Issue Fixing

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    Thank you for your support. As always, we will continue supporting .NET Micro Framework. Coming soon, we will update the SDK document and fix some critical issues. In the meantime, please migrate your work to version 4.3. Again, we really appreciate your...
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    Coming Home

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    Looking at the blog history, it has been exactly two years since I last made an entry so it about time for a new update. Let’s talk about why the team is back and what we are doing. Some months ago at the BUILD conference, Steve Teixeira (Director...
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    .NET Gadgeteer

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    This weekend, Microsoft attended Maker Faire in New York and UbiComp in Copenhagen to demonstrate a really cool technology that has been developed and used by Microsoft Research in Cambridge England.  It is a rapid prototyping system built on the...
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    Opening the .NET MF 3.0 kimono

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    Psst, hey buddy, if you promise to keep this to yourself, I'll tell you what we're working on for .NET Micro Framework v3. We think you're gonna really like it. Jonathan Kagle just finished his presentation this morning at Tech-Ed in Orlando where...
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    .NET Micro Framework on top of another OS

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    One unique thing about the .NET Micro Framework is that it is a .NET virtual machine that runs directly on the metal. We did this so that it could be as small and performant as possible for the current architecture. However, there are a number of users...
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    The .NET Micro Framework Version 4.1 Beta is now available.

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    This is our first post-Open Source release and includes our first fixes and features contributed by the community. In addition, there are a number of enhancements done by the NETMF team here at Microsoft and there are new processors available from a new...
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    Hello!

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    It’s been a while since the .NET Micro Framework team has provided an update about the project. Well the team is here and has been busy gathering feedback from the community, thinking about future direction of the project and at the same time starting...
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    Threads and Thread Priorities in NETMF

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    I started this article with the objective of providing a more up to date discussion of thread priorities. I thought first that I should cover a little about threads just in case. If you are already conversant in threads, jump ahead to the Thread Priorities...
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    .NET Micro Framework evolution

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    Following the move of the .NET Micro Framework team to the Developer Division of Microsoft we are planning on involving the community in the future definition and development of the product by allowing access to the source code of the runtime and object...
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    v3.0 SDK beta now available!

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    The .NET Micro Framework v3.0 SDK beta is now available to all developers through the Microsoft Connect website ( http://connect.microsoft.com/netmf ). Simply fill out a short survey and you have full access to the downloads, newsgroup, and feedback....
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    Building a Thermostat with the Microsoft .NET Micro Framework

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    Tony Pitman from Shatalmic is posting today as a guest contributor. He used the Emulator Temperature sample as a base to write this hardware guide for attaching a SPI temperature sensor to either a iMXS or a Tahoe dev board. Building a Thermostat...
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    .NET Micro Framework Version 4.0 ships, Open Source, Community Development, and more.

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    Today, Nov 16 th , 2009, I have a number of exciting things to share: Version 4.0, Open Source, the new Community Development Model, and how to get at all this stuff which is all still free. First , we are launching version 4.0 of the .NET Micro Framework...
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    Update on the transition

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    2 weeks ago now, we announced several changes - that the product was moving into Developer Division and that we were changing our business model to include access to the code. Unfortunately, we created some confusion and concern by only providing the...
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    Baby steps in opening the product

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    As you all know, we are working through all the issues associated with moving the product from a revenue model to an 'open' model. That will all take place with the next release as promised earlier. In the interim, we are taking some steps with the 3...
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    .NET MF moves to Developer Division

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    I need to correct a recent announcement of the demise of the Micro Framework. There are changes taking place on the team but they are all for the good. First, the product is moving into the Developer Division (Server and Tools). This is a great fit...
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    Do You Have a Commercial Product Using NETMF?

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    I am always being asked for examples of what NETMF is used for. I am also frequently surprised by what people are doing with it. Since going Open Source, there is not an obvious way for me to find out what people are doing with the product and the result is that my list of applications is getting a little stale

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    SDK Beta with Visual Studio 2013 Support Released

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    Today we are releasing the beta update to the .NET Micro Framework SDK. The release adds support for Visual Studio 2013, which has been a top request from the .NET MF community for some time now. The project is developed by engineers assigned to the MS...
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    NETMF 4.3 Released

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    We are glad to announce today the RTM of the .NET Micro Framework version 4.3. You can download the SDK and PK as well as the source from our Codeplex project , client_v4_3 branch, at change number 27523 . Version 4.3 of the .NET Micro Framework Porting...
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    When do you need IPV6?

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    As you may already know, the current implementation of the .NET Micro Framework supports IPV4. I have heard one request for IPV6 support so I wanted to hear from other people how critical IPV6 support is for you. So if this is something critical for you...
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    Porting Kit Free with MSDN Subscription

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    To more aggressively promote the adoption of the .NET Micro Framework, we have entered into an arrangement with the MSDN team. Most MSDN subscriptions will now include the latest version of the .NET Micro Framework Porting Kit. While available only as...
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    NETMF Versions 4.1 Released to Web

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    The Version 4.1 release of the .NET Micro Framework is now available at the Microsoft Download Center (link).  This release has been in public beta for some time and we expect it to be very stable.  It is available at the Microsoft Download...
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    NETMF 4.2 – Porting Kit Studio

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    Version 4.2 went to Beta a few days ago with an impressive assortment of contributions from the community.  One contribution stands out for its scope and ambition.  That contribution is the PKStudio contributed by Alexandr Surkov and Igor Kiselev...
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    Version 4.2 RTM Today!! (Updated)

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    We are glad to announce today the RTM of the .NET Micro Framework version 4.2.  You can download the SDK and PK as well as the all sources from our Codeplex project , client_v4_2 branch, at change number 13620 .   (We will be distributing...
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    Bicycle Computer #1 – Introduction

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    Embedded development has historically been a distinct skillset from development for the desktop, servers, and web. While the same programming models and tools can be used in desktop, server, web, and even cloud applications, embedded software development...
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    Selecting hardware for your project

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    The .NET Micro Framework (NETMF) has opened up embedded software development to a large new audience of existing .NET developers. There are also a number of current embedded software developers who are trying out NETMF for the productivity and flexibility...
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