Getting some reports of IE8 Beta with Smart Device Projects

A couple of customer pinged me recently that when they create a new Smart Device Native Project in VS 2008, the dialog comes and goes away and nothing really happens. On futher investigation it appears that installing IE8 Beta cause this. I don’t have a work around to share at this point (other than un-installing…



TechMela is quite an interesting name. Mela means a fair in Hindi. The folks at India have done a fantastic job at bring a bunch of events under one roof and a new branding called TechMela. There will be 4 sessions that the Visual Studio for Device team will be presenting. Device Emulator for Mobile…


eMbedded Visual C++ 4.0 SP4 is now available !

I am pleased to announce that last week our team signed off on the Service Pack 4 (SP4) release of eMbedded Visual C++ 4.0. It is available on the web at  The primary reason for this release was to enable development support for Windows CE 5.0 based devices. Service Pack 4 is a fully…


Troubleshooting Device Emulator setup in Visual Studio 2005 Beta 1

Here is some information that will be useful for those who get a failure message during setup of the Device Emulator in the Beta 1 release of Visual Studio 2005. NOTE:If you did run into this issue please make sure you log a bug on the product feedback center so that we can track how…


How to pass on feedback (bugs and suggestions) on the Visual Studio 2005 Beta for Device Development

The MSDN Product Feedback Center is a public suggestion and bug database for Microsoft products, starting with Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0 Beta. Developers can track suggestions and bug reports online, get email notification of fixes, and interact directly with Microsoft product teams during product development. Leveraging the collective experience of the…


What’s new in Smart Device Development in VS 2005

I wrote up a small document  which highlights some of the enhancements and and new features in Smart devices development in Visual Studio 2005. You can view this on Would love to hear what you think ! Thanks Amit Chopra


Newsgroups for VS 2005 for Smart Devices (Native)

We now have a dedicated newsgroup for dicussions around Native Device development in VS 2005. The newsgroup is microsoft.private.whidbey.smartdevices.cplusplus Instructions on how to get to this newsgroup are available on the Visual Studio 2005 Developer Center  Amit Chopra


Have you run into corrupted or missing .CAB files with the Tech Preview drop ?

I saw a few posts complaing about missing or corrupted CABs. Here is some information that would help you diagnose what the issues is. For the corrupted cab’s I would suggest you should locate the file on the CD/DVD and then open the CAB file with explorer (double click on the cab) and select all…


VS 2005 March Tech Preview Device Emulator Images

I just noticed an issue with emulator images loading in the Device emulator showing an expiration message. Watch this space, when I get the new images available for download, I will put the link here. Sorry about the inconvinience. Amit