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    Windows Embedded Compact 2013: a developer’s perspective

    Posted By Colin Murphy
    Technical Program Manager, Microsoft’s Windows Embedded

    What is Windows Embedded Compact 2013? It is just the latest, and of course greatest, version of Microsoft’s Windows Embedded Compact componentized OS, formerly known as Windows CE. Did you know that Microsoft has been in the embedded space with this operating system for over 15 years?  In that time, this little OS has evolved from one target category--small handheld devices--to a general-purpose embedded system that powers everything from tiny controls, to retail POS terminals, to the automation of high-end manufacturing. Windows Embedded Compact continues to differentiate itself within Microsoft, and within the larger ecosystem, as an operating system targeting small-footprint devices that need real-time performance and silicon flexibility.

    Windows Embedded Compact technology powers everything from tiny sensors to entire industrial automation factories like this Kuka Systems Group Jeep plant in Toledo, Ohio.

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    Windows Embedded Compact Shell Launcher

    Posted By Pavel Bansky
    Program Manager

    I want to describe you a situation and I’m sure you are familiar with it: You come across a digital signage device or point of sale terminal and there is an error code showing on the Windows desktop. The device is inactive, waiting for someone to reboot it. This is not just pretty lame; it might hurt your service or your company if you allow it to happen.

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    SQLite and Windows Embedded Compact

    Posted By Pavel Bansky
    Program Manager

    In today’s blog post I will look at a database for Windows Embedded Compact. Specifically I will look at SQLite which is becoming more and more popular, and compare it to good old SQL CE.

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    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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    Embedded Technology Japan 2012

    Posted By John Boladian
    Marketing Director, Asia Pacific & Greater China

    Trade shows in Japan are often the highlight of the year for me. They’re run with the same precision as the rail networks; getting 40,000 people in and out of Yokohama’s Conference Center over 3 days requires great coordination.

    This year highlighted to me just how far we have come with natural user interfaces. Natural user interfaces are critical to intelligent systems, being the interaction point. There is some real innovation happening here, and Microsoft’s partners are leading the way.

    · Last year was the first time we saw Kinect- based demonstrations; this year it was everywhere, built into scenarios to engage shoppers when browsing in a store to even a healthcare-based application which looked at your height, weight and body shape todetermine your health. Connected to a database of height/weight statistics, it was quite popular. A Microsoft partner had even initiated a competition with local universities to see which school could come up with the most innovative Kinect demonstrations.

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