Thursday, 26 May 2011

Windows Embedded Compact 7 book

Hi folks,

the book Professional Windows Embedded Compact 7 written by fellow MVPs Samuel Phung, David Jones and Thierry Joubert is nearly finished.

Go ahead and pre-order it now on Amazon!

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Wednesday, 25 May 2011

MVP Program: Why Microsoft is 3X Better than Apple for Customer Support

Hi folks,

This is a bit off-topic but nevertheless interesting: In the article Why Microsoft is 3X Better than Apple for Customer Support the MVP Program is pointed out as one of the keys to Microsoft’s success:

Microsoft has over 4100 MVP’s that are certified to provide support to its
customers. According to Toby Richards, Microsoft’s General Manager of
Communities and Online Support, these MVP’s are thirty times more active than
the average user. In fact, Microsoft considers them a “tremendous asset that
provide support in multiple languages across 98 countries.”

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Windows Phone 7: Mango Video

Hallo zusammen,

hier noch ein Video von Frank Prengel über das WPH7 Mango Update:

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Embedded Software Engineering Kongress: Beiratessitzung

Hallo zusammen,

da ich auch dieses Jahr wieder im Beirat des ESE Kongresses sitze, war ich am letzten Freitag in München um der Beiratssitzung beizuwohnen.

Der ESE Kongress findet vom 5. bis 9. Dezember 2011 in Sindelfingen statt. Wegen des großen Erfolges und der daraus resultieren Raumknappheit im letzten Jahr wird der ESE Kongress 2011 um 2 Tage auf 5 Tage verlängert.

Am ersten und am letzten Tag wird es Kompaktseminare geben während es am 2., 3. und 4. Tag interessante Vorträge zu hören gibt.

Die Bewerbungsfrist für Referenten wurde bis zum 29.05.2011 verlängert um die gute Qualität der Vorträge zu bewahren! Reichen Sie also jetzt noch Ihre Ideen für Vorträge sowie Kompaktseminare ein!

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Windows Phone 7 Update: Mango

Hi folks,

the next major Windows Phone 7 update (code name: Mango) will be released in fall 2011. It will be available as a free update for all existing WPH7 devices. New devices will have Mango installed. Mango will bring you over 500 improvements the most important of which can be grouped in 3 categories:


  • Grouping of contacts

  • Various instant messaging channels like facebook chat, Windows Live Messenger, etc.

  • Desktop compatible IE 9

  • HTML5

  • Hardware acceleration

  • Improved Bing search

  • Improved Start Menu

  • Fast App switching: multitasking of running apps

  • Background execution eg. audio/video streaming
Further information about Mango can be found here. The Beta SDK is available here.

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Wednesday, 18 May 2011

embeddedSPARK 2011 finalists announced

Hi folks,

Congratulations to all participants of this year’s embeddedSPARK contest, you really did an amazing job!

As a judge I must say, it was really tough to choose from all the great project ideas, but unfortunately there can only be 3 finalists:

Check out the embeddedSPARK forum for further information!

Best of luck to you in the finals!

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Monday, 16 May 2011

So you miss AppVerifier for Windows Embedded Compact 7

Hi folks,

as you know AppVerifier was replaced by Resource Leak Detector (RLD) in Windows Embedded Compact 7. Unfortunately RLD does not cover all the scenarios you could use AppVerifier for.

So today is your lucky day: you can find an updated version of AppVerifier for Windows Embedded Compact 7 that allows the creation of custom shims and does NOT require a KITL connection on MSDN Code Gallery.

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Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Windows Embedded CE QFEs for April 2011 have arrived!

Hi all,

The April updates for Windows Embedded CE are available for download:

Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Monthly Update April 2011:

Fixes made in this update:

Component: Internet Explorer
110405_KB2481555 - This update addresses some Internet Explorer issues.

Component: Kernel
110428_KB2529142 - User mode drivers loaded via LoadDriver are not loaded as non-pageable.
110426_KB2520539 - This update addresses a race condition between UnmapViewOfFile and MapViewOfFile for the named-file mapping object.
110404_KB2521622 - This update addresses an issue in kernel VM implementation specific to ARM processor.

Component: LBCTL
110428_KB2533422 - This update addresses and issue with JScript onClick event not working properly.

Component: Script
110428_KB2527087 - VBScript may not handle InputBox and MsgBox correctly.

Component: UDFS/CDFS
110420_KB2531374 - CD may not play if some file names have Unicode characters.

Windows CE 5.0 Monthly Update April 2011:

Component: Internet Explorer
110405_KB2481558 - This update addresses some Internet Explorer issues.

Remember: it’s important to keep your system up to date!

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Monday, 2 May 2011

Windows Embedded Compact 7: Silverlight for Windows Embedded Tutorial Part 2

Hi folks,

in my first tutorial I showed you how to create a Silverlight for Windows Embedded (SWE) application for Windows Embedded Compact 7 using Expression Blend 3, PlatformBuilder and the Windows Embedded Silverlight Tools (WEST) to create a PlatformBuilder subproject.

Today I want to show you how you can use WEST to create a SWE application stand-alone from Visual Studio 2008 (VS2008) WITHOUT PlatformBuilder.

For this tutorial you need to have VS2008 SP1 installed on your machine.

1. Download and install WEST.

NOTE: For this tutorial we will use the WEST sample project that can be found under C:\Program Files\Windows Embedded Silverlight Tools\WindowsEmbeddedSilverlightClock. Of course you can simply reuse the SWE project we created for the first tutorial.

2. Export/install a Windows Embedded Compact 7 SDK that supports SWE.

3. Open VS2008, go to File New Project… Select Visual C++ Smart Device as the project type and use the WEST template Silverlight for Windows Embedded Application. Choose an appropriate project name and location.

Click the OK button.

4. Click the Next button in the appearing Silverlight for Windows Embedded Project Wizard.

5. Select your Platform SDK with SWE support that we installed in step 2. Click Next.

6. Select the above mentioned Expression Blend project.

7. Click Next to generate the C++ code for our SWE project.

NOTE: If the path to the Expression Blend project contains spaces the validation will return errors. Since we are not creating a PlatformBuilder subproject, these errors will not concern us.

8. We can now build and deploy our SWE application.

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