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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. You should generally expect a new post about once a week.
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 newsgroup, or your board vendor. For business development, licensing, or marketing inquiries, please contact netmfbiz@microsoft.com. Other .NET Micro Framework resources are available through our MSDN site.
We have a few things in the pipeline to be posted here soon, but we thought we’d start off by asking if there’s any information you, dear reader, would like to see. What say you?

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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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    NETMF 4.3: Document Update and Issue Fixing

    • 28 Comments
    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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    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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    ‘New’ SoM from GHI Electronics

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    OK – I’m a little behind on this one. The board has been out for a few months. That doesn’t mean that it doesn’t deserve to be pointed out. There have been lots of great things going on with NETMF recently here in Microsoft that...
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    NETMF 4.3 (Beta) on the CodePlex site

    • 7 Comments
    Yesterday we released the beta of the upcoming 4.3 release of NETMF.  This release includes the following Feature List for v4.3 - Support for Visual Studio 2012 (Pro or higher) plus the Windows Desktop Express version. - All v4.2 QFEs features and...
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    On-going VS Express Support

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    There was some anxiety for all of us when the language specific Express SKUs (C# Express and VB Express) that NETMF (and Gadgeteer) work with were not going to be supported in VS 2012.   We did learn that these 2010 SKUs would be available for...
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    Version 4.2 QFE 2 released

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    Today we released a QFE for .NET Micro Framework version 4.2. This is both an SDK and Porting Kit release and can be found at http://netmf.codeplex.com/releases/view/91594 . The changeset for this release is at http://netmf.codeplex.com/SourceControl...
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    Pete Brown and MADExpo

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    Many of you have already run into Pete at events or in forums – he is a very active and talented contributor to the NETMF and Gadgeteer communities.  Here is recent interview of him at MADExpo : http://technologyandfriends.com/SubText/archive/2012...
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    A patch you may need if you use XP

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    Several people on the team have been tracking down an error reported by a customer that is reported from C# Express.           It took some time but they found that there is an optional patch that is not at all optional if you...
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    New .NET Gadgeteer board from the Mountaineer Group

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    2 weeks ago I talked about a new port from the newly formed Mountaineer Group.  Last week they were back.  They announced that they have created a new open source hardware platform on that port which is available for pre-order.  The platform...
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    New Contributions from the Mountaineer Group

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    Today the first public Beta of the NETMF port to the STM32 F4 was announced by the Mountaineer Group . The Mountaineer group is a neat collaboration that is just being announced between Oberon Microsystems (a software company focused on connected devices...
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    A Surprise from Secret Labs

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    Getting a surprise from Secret Labs is, well, no surprise but this is one that I wouldn’t have predicted.  Today Chris announced that they are selling a new Netduino board – the Netduino Go.  This board responds to requests from their community...
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    Latest MSDN Article

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    Last summer I wrote a blog on StreamInsight and the great fit between that product and the kinds of data analytics challenges that the Internet of Things will generate – pulling information out of massive amounts of data that individually is of low value...
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    Version 4.2 QFE1 released

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    Today we released a QFE for .NET Micro Framework version 4.2.  This is both an SDK and Porting Kit release and can be found at http://netmf.codeplex.com/releases/view/82448 .  The changeset for this release is at http://netmf.codeplex.com/SourceControl...
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    New NETMF Book out for v4.1 and v4.2

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    Some of our earliest partners from SJJ Embedded Micro Solutions - Sean Liming and John Malin - have written a book on the latest versions of NETMF.  The book is targeted at the professional audience, hence the name - “Professional's Guide To .NET...
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    Version 4.2 RTM Today!! (Updated)

    • 8 Comments
    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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    So you always wanted to be an angel investor

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    KickStarter.com was a new one for me.   There are dozens of interesting projects out there from movies to technology to children’s books.  What all these things have in common is that they need grass roots funding.  At Kickstarter...
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    Cortex Support on NETMF in Open Source Project

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    There is a lot of interest in the Cortex M series platforms these days.  One reason that these are interesting for very small devices like .NET Micro Framework is that they use a new instruction set – Thumb2 – that is more compact than the one used...
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    NETMF Version 4.2 Release Candidate 2

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    We have just posted the second Release Candidate for .NET Micro Framework version 4.2.  We decided to do another release candidate so that we could take a few more features from the community and so that we could get a little more exposure to some...
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    NETMF 4.2 Contributor and a Cool Product

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    It is great to be able to highlight a valuable contribution to the 4.2 codebase and a cool application of the platform at the same time. The contribution is from Richard Scott at Pulsecor ( http://www.pulsecor.com/ ). People have asked for examples of...
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    NETMF 4.2 – Regular Expressions

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    With the 4.2 release just around the corner, I wanted to highlight another contributions from the community – specifically in this case, Regular Expressions. This feature was contributed by Julius Friedman.  Regular Expressions This is desktop compatible...
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    NETMF Student and Hobbyist projects

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    The last few blogs have highlighted some of the NETMF uses at the Imagine Cup.  These are presumably products that are targeting commercial applications and both of these project teams are exploring the road to bringing their products to market. ...
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    Imagine Cup and NETMF (Part 2)

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    The team that won the Software Design category was Team Hermes from Sligo, Ireland. This team created an application that addressed the issue of the high rate of traffic fatalities In Ireland with a classically ‘Internet of Things’ solution. They instrumented...
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    Imagine Cup and NETMF (Part 1)

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    The Imagine Cup just finished an once again there were some great projects as always.  This year, even more than in the past, there were a number of projects that included the .NET Micro Framework platform.  I have had the opportunity to talk...
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    Internet of Things and StreamInsight

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    The Internet of Things (IoT) is gaining momentum with more and more investment from governments and companies being announced all the time.  There is still some complexity to the development of solutions in this segment because the solutions require...
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