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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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    Guess what's new in .NET MF 3.0 and win Jens' book

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    Tech-Ed 2008 has been packed this week, and if you're here in Orlando you know we're starting to talk about what's in our next major release of .NET Micro Framework. The official presentation will be on Friday (with more details posted to the blog shortly...
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    Microsoft .NET Micro Framework Newsletter - Vol. 1 No. 2

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    Reprint of the second .NET Micro Framework newsletter. Subscribe here! Sign up for other newsletters | Unsubscribe | Update your profile Volume 1, Number...
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    New Sample Code posted

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    Our engineers have been busy coding in the backrooms to make more sample code available for you. You can now find an updated Presentation Sample as well as a new Temperature Sample. Here are the descriptions and links to each sample - New Presentation...
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    .NET Micro Framework v3.0 Service pack 1 released

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    We are pleased to release today, 04/22/2009, the service pack 1 of the 3.0 release. This service pack follows the v3.0 releases by six months and addresses a set of bug fixes for the porting kit of the .NET Micro Framework. Most of the bugs were found...
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    How to become a .NET Micro Framework Business Partner?

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    Would you like to keep abreast of the .NET Micro Framework team’s marketing and promotional activities? Events that we are planning to attend? Upcoming contests and viral marketing activities? Would you like to collaborate on co-marketing and promotional...
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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 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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    NETMF at TechEd 2011

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    Just got back form TechEd 2011 where Microsoft’s smallest platform had the biggest booth (no kidding). We also had a lot of help manning the booth – thanks to all the volunteers there. The word got out that we had some cool demos as well. Here is what we were showing.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 – Other CodePlex NETMF Projects

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    In this latest release of the .NET Micro Framework we have tried to acknowledge some of the great contributions from the community and we will continue to do that.  In addition, there are great contributions happening at our partner’s sites. ...
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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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    .NET Gadgeteer at Maker Faire in NY

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    If you are not familiar with Maker Faire , I am not sure that I can fully describe it (although I like ‘Science meets Circus’).  We spoke with the founder of the faire and he said the question that he is most commonly asked is ‘what is it?’. ...
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    New Board and Holiday Contest

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    I make a habit of trying out a new board by building something with it before I blog about it but I have a reason for deviating from that pattern.  I just got my FEZ Panda board and I do have a project in mind for it.  The FEZ Panda has a nice...
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    A New Book Experience!!

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    There is a new book that is not completely out yet but I am really excited about it.  The book is ‘Getting Started with the Internet of Things’ by Cuno Pfister. ( http://oreilly.com/catalog/0636920013037 ) There are a number of reasons that I really...
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    Making the Robot Arm Move Again

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    I am taking a little break from the Bicycle Computer – I have three articles on that in draft but none finished.   While that series is intended to show that you can do serious embedded applications with .NET, this one is intended to show that...
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    Thread Communication and Synchronization

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    After the last blog on Threads and Thread Priorities , readers asked for a continuation on Thread Communication and Synchronization. Before I jump in, I have to reiterate that concurrency is a complex issue. I won’t try to compete with the technical...
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    New article on using Interop posted

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    I've just posted an article on using interop in .NET Micro Framework V3.0. Abstract The .NET Micro framework provides a rich level of support for embedded systems development from handling interrupts on GPIO pins to talking to hardware on an SPI...
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    What is your Biggest Challenge in 2009?

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    A recently published Forrestor report identifies efficiency and cost reduction as the two key strategies that companies are leveraging to weather the current economic storm. Projects are being scrutinized for ROI and frequently, a smaller staff is forced...
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    DPWS in the .NET Micro Framework

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    The .NET Micro Framework v3.0 includes a full-featured DPWS stack and a code generation tool, MFSvcUtil.exe, that generates Hosted Service Stubs and Client Proxies from a standard WSDL. The DPWS stack on the Micro Framework has been developed exclusively...
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    .NET Micro Framework moves to Asia

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    Between our launch in February and now, the .NET Micro Framework team has focused primarily on North America and Europe. This was largely because, as a small team, that was all we could handle well. We have been working with some companies in Taiwan,...
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    Embedded World 2008

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    The .NET Micro Framework team will return to Embedded World in Nuremberg, Germany, Tuesday, February 26 through Thursday, February 28. Visit us in Hall 11.0 at Stand 318. Come check out the latest .NET Micro Framework devices and join Colin Miller as...
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