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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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    Channel 9 NETMF Coverage

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    Here is coverage of NETMF on 'This week on Channel 9'. They discuss the contest that just completed and the upcoming 4.0 release. They include a link to the 4.0 port video. The interviews with the professional contest finalists are coming next week. ...
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    Dare to Dream Different Contest Winners!!

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    The final round of judging was completed last Friday evening. As I have mentioned before, the number and quality of the entries has made the contest very enjoyable but has made the selection process very difficult. The finalist and their projects are...
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    Offer for Dare to Dream Different Contestants

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    If you participated in Rounds 2 or 3 of the Dare to Dream Different contest, the GHI Electronics folks have a coupon offer for you that is very generous. You can visit their site at http://tinyclr.blogspot.com/ and learn more. The basics of the offer...
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    The first working prototypes for the v4.0 release are up&running

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    A couple of weeks ago we released the pre-Beta porting kit for the v4.0 release of the Micro Framework to selected porting partners. Since then a number of partners got their development boards up& running. We are very pleased for this easy transition...
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    New Hardware

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    There is some interesting new hardware that is hitting the streets these days and I wanted to take a minute in case you missed some of it. There are new modules and boards from Device Solutions, AUG Electronics, and GHI Electronics. I’ll go through them...
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    Update on the 'open source' transition

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    Lots to report here. First, the pre-release of version 4.0 has gone out to our hardware partners last week. They get a little jump on it so that they can have harwdare to support the broader beta. If you would like more information on that program...
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    NETMF and Energy Management

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    As we have seen from several of the entries in the Dare to Dream Different contest, there is a lot of interest energy management applications and the use of the Micro Framework in these applications. It absolutely makes sense since these solutions include...
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    Cool Imagine Cup Entry

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    Our Dare to Dream Different contestants are not the only ones using the Micro Framework in creative ways. The Micro Framework was part of the solution in an entry to the Imagine Cup ( http://imaginecup.com/ ) that won the Chinese competition and will...
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    Dare to Dream Different Contest Update

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    The Dare to Dream Different contest http://dreamdifferentcontest.com/ is nearing the completion of the judging for the second round. The final selection will be made soon and the third round contestants brought to Redmond. I have looked at some of 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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    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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    .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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    .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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    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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    .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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    .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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    Porting Kit Promotion Period Ending

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    If you've been thinking about trying out our porting kit but putting it off for a rainy day, the end of rainy days is just around the corner. April 15 wil now be the last day you'll be able to download our V3.0 Porting Kit for the low US promotional price...
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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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    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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    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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    Do you need the Porting Kit?

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    So, you are now ready to take the plunge and start building the device you’ve always had in mind. Grab our Porting Kit for less than $600, a set of tools from ARM, Keil, or GCC and get cracking. Adding to a real-time OS is easy through Interop now included...
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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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    Test-signing the Micro Framework USB driver for installation on Vista 64-bit systems

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    The 64-bit version of Windows Vista requires all kernel mode drivers or services to pass a validation. In this follow-up of building USB driver in the Micro Framework, I’ll briefly outline the necessary steps to sign a driver that meets the requirement...
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    Building the USB driver under the Micro Framework Version 3 Porting Kit

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    The version 3 Micro Framework Porting Kit includes a working USB sample driver for partners to support their USB-based development boards. In this first part of a two-part posting, we will step through the process of building a USB driver. We'll follow...
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