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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Windows Embedded Compact Platform Builder

    Posted By David Campbell
    Program Manager

    In a previous post, I discussed the Windows Embedded Compact 2013 announcement and a number of great new features in the OS and tools. With those posts, I received a number of questions about the tools. As you all know, Windows Embedded Platform builder (PB) is a plug in to Visual Studio. For Windows Embedded Compact 7, our Platform Builder plug in and tools were hosted by Visual Studio 2008, while Platform Builder in Windows Embedded Compact 2013 will be hosted in Visual Studio 2012. A number of people asked whether PB from Windows Embedded Compact 7 could be hosted in Visual Studio 2012, or alternatively whether PB from Windows Embedded Compact 2013 can target Windows Embedded Compact 7. Unfortunately, the answer to that is no. There had to be significant changes to both Windows Embedded Compact 2013, including PB, as well as Visual Studio 2012 to support the latest versions of each. The hosting has changed, and more importantly, the compilers and ABI (Application Binary Interface) to the ARM chipset has changed and are incompatible with each other. Even though each version of Windows Embedded Compact 7 can target the same chipset in this case, the compilers from each cannot support the other. More information will be posted on this in a future article.

    While the Windows Embedded Compact 2013 announcement is certainly exciting, we want to continue posting great information on Windows Embedded Compact 7 as well. To that end, we have another great in-depth article from Doug Boling to share.

    Optimizing Platform Builder in Windows Embedded Compact 7

    Microsoft Platform Builder is a tool that anyone who ports Windows Embedded Compact will live in throughout the project. (PB is also used when creating new device images from scratch. This information certainly applies to that scenario as well.) Given the time spent in this tool, it’s critical that your development machine be properly configured to maximize the performance of the tool and by implication your performance.

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    Tis the season to be shopping…for a phone that works with your car!

    Posted By Chris Elliott
    Senior Marketing Communications Manager

    Christmas is fast approaching, and if you’re anything like me, you have some shopping to do.

    Some of you may be considering buying a new mobile phone as a gift for yourself or someone on your list.  There are so many cool new options out there to choose from (including some great Windows Phone 8 devices—hint, hint) but for those with a car that has an in-car connectivity system, like Ford SYNC, one important consideration will be whether the new device is compatible with your car.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    PowerToys Make Life Easier: CBS Package Inspector

    Posted By J.T. Kimbell
    Program Manager

    A few years ago on our old blog, I posted to let everyone know about a PowerToy we released called CBS Package Inspector. With our new blog up and a new audience, I wanted to spend a bit of time highlighting that tool again.

    CBS Package Inspector was created by Anup Vasudeva Rao, a software development engineer, and released shortly after the release of Windows Embedded Standard 7 with the purpose of allowing Windows Embedded developers to better understand the contents of the packages they are installing on the system. How does it do this? By providing the ability to crack open and peek inside .cab or .msu files, showing their contents.

    “Great!” you may say, but what exactly does that mean? Good question, and luckily for you, I’m prepared to divulge some of those details.

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    November 2012 Optional Updates are on ECE for WEPOS and POSReady 2009

    The November 2012 Optional Updates are now available on the ECE site for WEPOS and Windows Embedded POSReady 2009.

    The list below applies to Windows Embedded POSReady 2009:

    • KB2745658 - This update fixes an issue with RDC, where accessing a remote application via Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) would throw an error.  Volume Licensed customers can download this KB from the Download Center.
    • KB2782798 - This update fixes an issue with user login, where user login time is increased significantly after the French language pack is installed.  Volume Licensed customers can download this KB from the Download Center.

    The list below applies to WEPOS 1.1:

    • KB2745658 - This update fixes an issue with RDC, where accessing a remote application via Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) would throw an error.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Using Push Button Reset to Enable Your Embedded Scenarios

    Posted By J.T. Kimbell
    Program Manager

    When I first read the blog from Desmond Lee and Steven Sinofsky in early January on the new Push Button Reset features coming in Windows 8, I was pretty excited, and I immediately started trying to think of how Refresh and Reset could be useful.

    So, what’s Push Button Reset? I like to describe it as the awesome next generation of the old “restore your specialized device” functionality previously found in Windows. Instead of just being able to restore your specialized device back to some pre-defined settings, you can actually now completely roll back to a previous state and even save your data easily, if you wish to. It’s also not like your traditional backup and restore experience: All this can be done in less than 20 minutes.

    So, with the help of a great trio of engineers from our Windows Embedded team in Beijing (Shuxiang Wan, Dev, Nan Li, PM, and Song Tian,Test) I was able to pull together this blog article to really show the value of this new Windows 8 feature for Windows Embedded customers.

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