Posted By David CampbellProgram Manager
Welcome to the “new and improved” :) Windows Embedded Compact blog! This is part of our new, consolidated Approaching Embedded Intelligently blog effort to provide updated content, consolidate existing content, feature guest bloggers and, most importantly, provide a common place to get updated information.
As a quick introduction, I’m David Campbell; I’m a Program Manager (PM) on the Windows Embedded Compact team. I’ve been involved with Windows Embedded Compact/Windows CE since Windows CE 1.0 as a PM. Over the years I’ve been responsible for a variety of technologies, and most recently I’ve been driving the overall releases.
The Windows Embedded Compact team’s mission has evolved over the years, but a large portion of our mission and goals remain the same. We continue to provide a Microsoft OS solution for high volume, small footprint, real-time devices. An OS that is stable & reliable, with a long support cycle and ideal for high availability devices. Windows Embedded Compact fits into Microsoft’s overall offerings with its APIs and tools aligning with Windows to provide a familiar development experience right out of the box.
There have been a number of great bloggers for Compact over the years and I encourage you to read them, including Olivier Bloch, Sue Loh, Steve Maillet, Mike Hall, and Doug Boling to name a few. While some of our bloggers haven’t posted in a while, much of the information remains relevant; this is a testament to the stability and longevity of the Compact product. It also shows how dispersed the information is, which is something we’ll try to improve with these articles.
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Posted By J.T. KimbellProgram Manager
Welcome to the new Approaching Embedded Intelligently blog! I’m J.T. Kimbell, a Program Manager in Windows Embedded, and I’ll be providing you with tips, insights, and cool projects related to the Windows Embedded Standard line of products. While at work I spend most of my time focused on enabling the servicing of Windows Embedded Standard 8 devices and the Embedded Core, but I’ll dabble in drivers and other areas from time-to-time. I’ve been on the Windows Embedded team for nearly 3 years after graduating from the University of Iowa. When not working I enjoy sports of all kind (but primarily football, soccer, and basketball), reading books, playing video & board games, and spending quality time with my wife and young daughter.
This first post is about some PowerToys made for Windows Embedded Standard 7, but I deserve none of the credit for making it happen. Package Mapper and Answer File Diff were made by Saravanan Somasundaram, a Software Development Engineering on the Windows Embedded team.
PowerToy is kind of a funny name, isn’t it? I’m still not completely sure why we call them that, but Wikipedia tells me that they are programs released by Microsoft that are “not under technical support because they do not undergo the same rigorous testing that the operating system components do.” These applications are officially unsupported, but they represent tools that we used internally to do our work and we wanted our customers to be able to reap the benefits of these tools as well.
We created the Package Mapper and Answer File Diff tools to help us create application templates. Package Mapper helps speed up development time, and Answer File Diff is very useful when testing a template. Because these tools were quite helpful to us, we felt that they would also help community members analyzing dependencies to their applications and we decided to share them as PowerToys.
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