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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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    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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    Contributing Projects to NETMF – Clarified

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    We have been very focused on getting version 4.1 out. This will be the first release that includes a contribution from outside of Microsoft marking the start of what we all hope will be a fruitful partnership. I was very happy to get the contribution...
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    .NET Micro Framework Roadmap

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    I have been procrastinating putting this blog out as we have been getting feedback form our users and firming up our plans but now things seem to be jelling so here it is. We are working on a version 4.1 release that includes (pending any last minute...
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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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    NETMF Partners in Nuremberg

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    Here are some pictures of the partner booth at Embedded World in Nuremberg. Enjoy Left to Right: Andreas Schloffer Alexander Hofstaedter Thomas Volz Jan Kucera Simon Taylor Markus Holzer Tor Trygstad Martin Welford
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    NETMF Partners at Embedded World

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    The big embedded show for the year in Europe is coming up and some of the NETMF partners there have gotten together to present a booth on the .NET Micro Framework. This is the first time that the platform has had it's own booth since we first started...
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    Community Development site goes live!!

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    Today we are launching our community development site. This is the site specifically focused on supporting the collaborative development of the .NET Micro Framework. This is in addition to our continued presence at Microsoft.com and MSDN. As announced...
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    .NET MF and TRON

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    Happy New Year to everyone!!! While we were on our Holiday Break, there were things happening in Japan. In December at the TronShow, Dr. Ken Sakamura introduced a port of the .NET Micro Framework onto the TRON kernel. Dr Sakamura is, as you know, most...
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    Back from the Professional Developers Conference

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    Well, we have mostly recovered from a hectic week getting the 4.0 launch out and going to the Professional Developers Conference in LA. There were of course the ususal irritations at the conference like getting bumped out of our hotel because they overbooked...
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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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    New Board Out from Avnet and ADI

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    Sorry to be so quiet recently. We have all been heads down getting ready for a fun time in L.A. at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference. If you are there, stop in the booth and come hear Lorenzo's session. Cool upcoming annoucenments on NETMF...
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    Additional refresh for the Beta version of the .NET Micro Framework 4.0

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    Following up to some specific feedback we decided to provide one more update to the Beta version. The update is available for download at https://connect.microsoft.com/netmf/ . In this update we fix some issues with debugging over TCP/IP, we polished...
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    Refresh for the Beta version of the .NET Micro Framework 4.0

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    Following up to your feedback we are providing a refresh for the Beta version of the .NET Micro Framework 4.0. Download procedures are as for the Beta and if you already accepted the Microsoft Connect invitations for the Beta PK and SDK, you should...
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    .NET Micro Framework 4.0 Goes to Beta!!!

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    There are actually two betas going on. One for the SDK and one for the Porting Kit. If you aren't familiar with the product, the SDK is all you need to try out creating managed applications. There is an emulator that will let you see how the Micro Framework...
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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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