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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Microsoft and Ford roll into gdgt Live! Seattle

    Posted By Chris Elliott
    Senior Marketing Communications Manager

    This week, we’re bringing Ford SYNC, powered by Microsoft, to the Emerald City as part of gdgt Live! Seattle. And we want to share the fun with you while we’re at it.

    On Thursday August 16, we’re going social for a fun contest. Whether you are able to attend gdgt Live! Seattle or not, it’s easy to participate. All you have to do is go follow @MSFTWEB and tweet your favorite Ford SYNC feature some time during the day using the #SYNCSEA hash tag.

    Told you it was simple.

    So, what’s in it for you? Well, for starters, our grand prize giveaway is an Xbox 360 with Kinect. Plus we’ll have some amazing Microsoft Hardware up for grabs too. We like to show off all the great things you can do with SYNC like telling the car where you want to go, listening to text messages or calling up your favorite song using your voice. Join us at gdgt Live! Seattle to see and hear for yourself.

    And don’t worry if you can’t make it, the contest is open to all residents of the US.

    See you in Seattle!

    The Fine Print

    • Contest runs from 12:01am-9:00pm PDT on August 16.
    • You need to have a US shipping address or be at gdgt Live! Seattle.
    • You must follow @MSFTWEB on Twitter (so we can direct message you) and you must tweet using the #SYNCSEA hash tag.
    • We will post the winner to Twitter, so follow us on Twitter to see who won. We will also send a Twitter direct message to all winners to get their mailing address for sending the prizes.
    • Other rules and eligibility requirements can be found here. The people in ties with the leather briefcases made us put them here.


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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Understanding CEPC Boot Sequence in Windows Embedded Compact 7

    Posted By David Campbell
    Program Manager

    He’s back!  Doug Boling has once again supplied us with a great write-up for those who missed his July webcast.   The topic will be a two-part post.  In the first part, Doug details an overview of the three CEPC boot loaders as well as the boot sequence on a PC - which is key to understanding the Windows Embedded Compact process:

    It may come as a surprise that the most popular hardware platform for Windows Embedded Compact 7 (WEC) is the standard PC chassis.  This is also the hardware platform for Windows Embedded Standard (WES), but Compact 7 brings its own unique features.  A properly tuned Compact system can boot faster than WES. Writing drivers is significantly simpler on WEC than on Standard.  And of course, there is the dramatically lower licensing cost.  This isn’t to say that Windows Embedded Standard isn’t a great operating system, it is.  The point is that Compact has a different feature set than Standard and many embedded systems choose Compact over Standard on their embedded PCs.


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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    July 2012 Optional Updates are on ECE for XPe SP3 and Standard 2009

    The July 2012 Optional Updates are now available on the ECE site for Windows® XP Embedded SP3 and Windows® Embedded Standard 2009.

    The list below applies to Windows Embedded XPe SP3 and Standard 2009:

    • KB2724453 - The system might crash under EWF NTLDR configuration with BAD_SYSTEM_CONFIG_INFO (0x74) error when booting the system with /3GB startup switch.

    If you have questions on accessing the ECE, please email MS Mobile & Embedded Communications Feedback & Support,


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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    The Intern Perspective: Arijit Choudhury

    Posted By J.T. Kimbell
    Program Manager

    A lot of our summer interns are wrapping up their experiences here at Microsoft, so you’ll be seeing several more of these posts in the next few weeks. In this post Arijit Choudhury, an SDE intern, tells you about his experience and work this summer.

    Getting a chance to work as a Software Development Engineer (SDE) intern at Microsoft is my very own ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ story. I still remember using my first PC from the 90s (Windows 95 running on an Intel MMX processor) and how it introduced me to the Internet, PC games and computer science (CS). Today I am going to share my experiences about my Microsoft internship and in particular, my stint with the Windows Embedded Componentization team.

    But first, whoami? I am Arijit Choudhury and I’m studying for my Master’s degree in Computer Science at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Before that, I finished my bachelors from the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology in Gandhinagar, India. Most of the time, you’ll find me programming (complete with noise cancellation headphones) or playing Soccer wearing an Arsenal jersey on the University field. Getting a chance to learn how to write good code for Microsoft and playing soccer along with other Microsofties in beautiful Seattle is my idea of a perfect summer.

    Now that I’ve introduced myself, let us move straight to the three things that impacted me the most during my internship:

    1. The Microsoft Culture
    2. Being a “Dev” or SDE Intern
    3. My 12 week intern project or… How do I find the right modules for deploying an app on a custom Windows Embedded Standard 8 image?


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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Devices and "The Cloud", Part 4

    Posted By Robert Peterson
    Sr. Product Manager

    We have been talking about the cloud and ways embedded device OEMs can benefit – but let’s specifically look at why Windows Azure is a great fit.  Only Microsoft can provide a familiar, complete solution to help your business from device to cloud.  In fact, for devices powered by a Windows Embedded OS, using Windows Azure has some distinct advantages:


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