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  • Blog Post: Update for POS for .NET 1.12 is Now Available

    A new update for Microsoft® POS for .NET 1.12 Runtime and SDK is now available on the ECE site. This update includes: 980087 - This update for Microsoft® POS for .NET 1.12 corrects situations where POS for .NET fails claims for a device that is already claimed by another account via an Argument...
  • Blog Post: Interfacing with Biometric Devices from POS applications

    Support for Biometric devices (such as fingerprint readers) was added to the Unified POS specification and incorporated into Microsoft’s POS for .NET in version 1.10. This device category allows applications to interface with such devices and is helpful in capturing and verifying biometric data (such...
  • Blog Post: Setting the BinaryConversions property for Legacy OPOS service objects

    Microsoft’s POS for .NET supports both native .NET service objects and legacy OPOS service objects which are based upon OLE technology. Normally, POS for .NET interfaces with the legacy devices without any issues and this is done without any interaction or knowledge required by the application. However...
  • Blog Post: POS for .NET Forum

    Microsoft is proud to announce the availability of the POS for .NET forum . This forum is intended to provide an opportunity for .NET developers to share their knowledge and experiences as they leverage the power of POS for .NET. In order to help foster greater awareness by the .NET developer community...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft POS for .NET will be demonstrated in the ARTS Pavilion at NRF

    Microsoft will demonstrate how you can create an optimum checkout experience by mixing and matching devices for convenience and speed using UnifiedPOS based POS for .Net at the ARTS Pavilion at NRF. Come join us at the ARTS Pavilion booth where you can see demonstrations of POS for .NET with the latest...
  • Blog Post: Managment tools may require WMI Namespace to be recreated after SP3 update

    If you use the management tools that are dependent upon WMI (such as posdm.exe), the WMI namespaces may need to be recreated after significant OS updates (such as applying SP3). A temporary fix, can be done by choosing the repair option from the installer; however, the recommended fix, in order to avoid...
  • Blog Post: Supported Device Categories

    POS for .NET v1.12 support all 36 device categories included in the Unified POS specification as of version 1.12. IHV may develop a native .NET service object for any of the following device categories: · Belt · Bill Acceptor · Bill Dispenser · Biometrics · Bump Bar · Cash Changer ...
  • Blog Post: POS for .NET v1.12 Updated with Improved Plug and Play Support

    POS for .NET v1.12 Updated with Improved Plug and Play Support Among other new features, the POS for .NET v1.12 update provides improved Plug and Play support for service object developers. The previous Plug and Play model only worked with devices that were recognized by the Windows® Plug and Play...
  • Blog Post: Useful Resources for Developers

    Download page: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=eaae202a-0fcc-406a-8fde-35713d7841ca&displaylang=en Team Blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/pointofservice/ POS for .NET Forum: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/posfordotnet/ Usenet Newsgroup...
  • Blog Post: Problems with Motorola/Symbol Scanner? Here are a few things to check.

    If you are trying to use a Motorola/Symbol scanner with POS for .NET, and you encounter issues, here are a few things to check: 1. Make sure that the scanner is configured properly. For scanners such as the 2208 or LS1900 series, it should be configured as “IBM HAND-HELD USB”. You can configure the...
  • Blog Post: Installing POS for .NET from Your Installer

    Version 1.12 of the installer for POS for .NET is available for download here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=EAAE202A-0FCC-406A-8FDE-35713D7841CA&displaylang=en The download from this website contains a self-extracting archive. Once the archive is downloaded and extracted...
  • Blog Post: POS for .NET at TechEd 2008

    It was great meeting so many of our customers at Tech Ed 2008. We had a session that was intended as an introduction to POS for .NET, a hands-on lab for developers, and a booth that demonstrated a possible integration of WePOS and POS for .NET in “the lane of the future.” For those who were unable...
  • Blog Post: Share your POS for .NET experience with Microsoft

    The Windows Embedded Marketing team is interested in your POS for .NET experience. If you are interested in sharing your experiences with using POS for .NET, or would like to be considered for a joint case study, please e-mail wepos@microsoft.com . Thanks, - Sylvester
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Point of Service for .NET v1.12

    Microsoft Point of Service for .NET v1.12 has now been released and is available for immediate download at the Microsoft downloads site . POS for .NET v1.12 has been updated to be fully compliant with the latest release of the Unified POS specification. New devices that have been added includes: ...
  • Blog Post: Best practices for finding available devices

    The Unified POS specification, “UnifiedPOS Retail Peripheral Architecture” available at http://www.nrf-arts.org/UnifiedPOS/default.htm , makes a distinction between a Device Name and a Logical Device Name. The device name is expected to be unique among other devices within the same device class. The...
  • Blog Post: New WEPOS & POS for .NET Training Course

    SJJ Embedded Micro Solutions, one of our Windows Embedded Partners, announced that they have put together a new training course: “Introduction to Windows Embedded for Point of Service / POS for .NET”. Their webpage states that "the course covers the fundamentals and features of WEPOS and POS for .NET...
  • Blog Post: Epson Check Health Utility crashes when using POS for .NET 1.11

    We’ve heard several reports of customers with concerns regarding the Epson OPOS ADK for .NET when used in conjunction with POS for .NET 1.11. Specifically, the Epson Check Health Utility produces the following error when run with POS for .NET 1.11: CheckHealthTest.exe – Common Language Runtime Debugging...
  • Blog Post: New POS for .NET v1.11 Documentation

    The latest POS for .NET v1.11 SDK documentation was just posted on MSDN! You can check it out here: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb429024.aspx . The new device classes that were added include: BillAcceptor BillDispenser Biometrics CoinAcceptor ElectronicJournal ImageScanner...
  • Blog Post: Issues with Epson Service Objects and .NET 2.0?

    There have been numerous posts on the WEPOS newsgroup about various problems with the Epson service objects when running on .NET 2.0 so I'd like to let everyone know that Epson has posted an updated version of their OPOS ADK for .NET that supports POS for .NET 1.1/UPOS 1.9. I've installed it and it seems...
  • Blog Post: Channel 9 Video on WEPOS and POS for .NET

    While I was randomly searching MSDN for some WEPOS information to give to a customer, I came across an old Channel 9 video with our very own Craig Jensen – Software Design Engineer on the Vertical Industry team. For those of you not familiar with Channel 9 , it's one of the great community sites off...
  • Blog Post: POS for .NET v1.11 and Previous Version Availability

    With the release of POS for .NET v1.11, the original version (POS for .NET v1.0) is no longer available for download. Because of POS for .NET v1.11 is backward compatible, we will be removing POS for .NET v1.10 as well. It is our intention to wait three months from the release date of version 1.11 before...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Chat Transcript Posted

    For those of you that might have missed our January MSDN chat, the transcript is now available for viewing here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/chats/transcripts/mobileembedded/07_0130_msdn_xpembed.aspx . Thank you to everyone that joined in on the chat! We had a great mix of questions about XP Embedded...
  • Blog Post: POS for .NET 1.11 Releases!!!

    At the National Retail Federation show in New York City on Jan 15 th we announced plans to release our next version of POS for .NET, and we're happy to announce that it's available today!! http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=8F06B072-06C1-4A4A-A128-83B8A651A25A&displaylang...
  • Blog Post: New Version of POS for .NET Announced

    At the National Retail Federation show in New York City on Jan 15th we announced plans to release our next version of POS for .NET version 1.11 later this quarter, with support for new device classes including Biometrics, Electronic Journal, Bill Acceptor, Image Scanner and more. POS for .NET supports...
  • Blog Post: Graphical Implementation of POSDM.EXE

    Sean Liming (Managing Director of SJJ Embedded Micro Solutions and a Microsoft MVP) has recently released a utility that helps simplify the management of service objects within POS for .NET applications. The Service Object Manager (SOM) utility is a graphical implementation of the POSDM command line...
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