Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Free Compact 7 July Live Meeting

Hi folks,

don’t miss the upcoming free July Windows Embedded Compact 7 Webcast held by fellow MVP Doug Boling:

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 9:00 AM Pacific Time (GMT-08:00)

1 hour

Booting x86 systems into Windows Embedded Compact 7

Windows Embedded Compact 7 is a popular operating system for low cost, x86-based systems. The problem is getting the system up and running. From DOS based bootloaders to the customized BIOSLoader embedded developers have tried a number of methods to boot the operating system. This webcast will cover the various bootloaders for x86 systems and how to configure and update the loaders to customize the user experience for your system. Learn about x86 bootloaders in this example filled webcast.

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Saturday, 23 June 2012

Ford Sync in Computer History Museum

Hi Folks,

Ford’s  Microsoft Auto based in-car infotainment system “Sync” was inducted into the permanent collection of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. The museum officially added the 1st generation “Sync” module which is based on the Windows CE 5.0 kernel and was first made available in 2007 as a $395 option for the 2008 US market Ford Focus.

It’s pretty cool that the project I am working on at the moment can be found in a museum!

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Friday, 22 June 2012

Windows Phone 8: details revealed

Microsoft revealed the first (but not complete) details on the upcoming Windows Phone 8 (WP8) at the Windows Phone Summit in San Francisco:

  • WP8 will be based on the desktop Windows 8 kernel
  • WP7 and WP7.5 devices (Windows Embedded Compact 7 kernel) will NOT be updateable to WP8
    • WP7.8 will provide some features of WP8 to WP7 and WP7.5
  • However, WP7 and WP7.5 apps will run on WP8
  • multicore processor support
  • NFC-chips for mobile payment and data transfer
  • Multiple screen resolutions: WVG (800x480), WXGA (1280x768) and 720p (1280x720)
  • MicroSD support
  • Memory will be Bitlocker encrypted
  • Enterprises can deploy apps outside of Marketplace
  • Metro-Style UI will be further customizable:
    • Scaling of tiles
    • More tile colors
    • Developers can further customize tiles to better fit their apps
  • Deeply embedded Skype calling

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Thursday, 21 June 2012

Windows Embedded Compact online documentation

Hi Folks,

if you have been searching for the online documentation of Windows Embedded Compact 7, Windows Embedded CE 6.0 and Windows CE 5.0 look no further:

·         Product documentation
·         Technical articles and tutorials
·         Code samples
·         Videos and screencasts
·         Links to community content

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Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Microsoft announces own tablet PCs "Surface"

Hi folks,

today, Microsoft announced two tablet PCs called “Surface” both running Windows 8:

One of which is running Windows RT on an ARM processor from Nvidia and is supposed to RTM at the same time as Windows 8 whereas the other one running Windows 8 Pro on an Intel Core i processor and is supposed to RTM 3 month after Windows 8.

Specifics on pricing are not revealed as of yet.

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New “Intelligent Systems”-Blog from Microsoft

Hi folks,

To further emphasize their commitment to “Intelligent Systems” Microsoft has launched a new Blog:

Check it out!

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Thursday, 14 June 2012

Windows Embedded Compact QFEs for May 2012 have arrived!

Hi all,
the May updates for Windows Embedded Compact are available for download:

Windows Embedded Compact 7 Monthly Update May 2012 (Update 11):

Fixes made in this Update:

Component: EXFAT
120515_KB2701377 - EXFAT file system corruption may occur when writing to a disk from multiple threads.


Component: IME
120522_KB2683589 - A user may not be able to input username/domain to access a network share.

Component: Kernel
120507_KB2701179 - This update addresses some issues with a watchdog timer.

Component: Networking
120531_KB2717306 - Under certain circumstances RasDial API may fail with the ERROR_PORT_NOT_AVAILABLE.

Component: Security
120507_KB2672845 - This update addresses a security issue.
120530_KB2712419 - A user may not be able to connect to SMB share via USB RNDIS. The registry key should be set HKLM\Comm\SecurityProviders\NTLM "SendLMResponse"=dword:1 to enable NTLMSSP to send the LM response.

Component: Servers
120522_KB2706634 - This update addresses file corruption issue.

Component: Services
120504_KB2579163 - The web server can not be accessed after adding DefaultDomain registry key.

Component: Shell
120531_KB2716304 - This update addresses an error that may occur while freeing the resources for namespace in Hash buckets.

Component: Tools
120531_KB2709958 - Build breaks may occur after cloning an item using the Platform Builder installed on a Windows XP SP3 machine.

Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Monthly Update May 2012:

Fixes made in this Update:

Component:  COMM
120522_KB2708148 - Under certain circumstances RasDial API may fail with the ERROR_PORT_NOT_AVAILABLE.

Component: FSDMGR
120531_KB2643056 - This update removes the coarse-grained level locking, addresses race conditions between multiple threads and possible deadlock.

Component: Internet Explorer
120524_KB2712962 - This update addresses an Internet Explorer issue.
120516_KB2708778 - This update addresses an Internet Explorer issue.

Component: NK
120514_KB2709887 - This update addresses some CELog reporting issues.

Component: RDP
120515_KB2708318 - This update addreses an issue with Internet Explorer window blocking RDP session window.

Component: Servers
120522_KB2710580 - Stack overflow may occur when transferring 1MB or more of data using SOAP.

Component: UTILS
120508_KB2699748 - Cmd.exe's 'dir' command displays incorrect file size for the files larger than 2 GB.

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

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Windows Embedded Standard 8 CTP 2

Hi folks,

Microsoft released the 2nd Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Windows Embedded Standard 8 aka. WES8!

Go ahead and download the WES8 CTP 2 here. The WES8 CTP 2 is based on Windows 8.

You can find the WES8 CTP 2 datasheet here.

Have fun playing around with the new Windows 8 based Windows Embedded Standard!
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