MSDN Embedded Subscription Announced

1. To help you deliver their next generation of embedded devices successfully, we have announced the availability (as of July 1) of Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition with Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Embedded subscription.  This provides a cost-effective way to license the entire line of Windows Embedded platforms and tools, receive technical support, and obtain…

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Latest XP Embedded Online Chat Transcript Available

The June 12th XP Embedded Chat transcript is available on MSDN.  The chat, covers a number of topic areas including XP Embedded “Update Rollup 1.0”, Windows Media Player 11 componentisation, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) availability and what the team is working on for the future. The transcript can be found here.


Under the Covers – Querying the XP Embedded Repository

Every considered that, in certain circumstances, it would be useful to query the XP Embedded repository directly rather than using the Target Designer or Component Database Manager?  If you simply want to find out which components contain a particular file (e.g iexplorer.exe) you can use the following query: SELECT    ExtendedProperties.StringValue, ComponentObjects.DisplayNameFROM       ExtendedProperties INNER JOIN               ComponentObjects…

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Paris Techdays – Me, Mike and Olivier talk about Embedded…

Olivier blogged about this a while back, but I came across it whilst I was pulling material together for MEDC.  During the Paris Techdays in February, Oliver Bloch, Mike Hall and myself where interviewed about Microsoft Embedded technologies: Windows CE 6.0, Windows XP Embedded, and the .NET Micro Framework. Don’t be afraid the interview starts in French,…


XP Embedded Wiki Launched

Check out the new XP Embedded Wiki here.  The wiki is available for the entire XP Embedded community to share knowledge and expertise and by contributing you can ensure it thrives as a valuable and ongoing resource for Embedded developers. Among the topics currently posted are: Tools Embedded Enabling Features (EEF) Related Technical Resources Getting…

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It’s not what you’ve got, its what you do with it! Windows Embedded in the Enterprise – Free Webinar

Embedded platforms are being increasingly used as part of enterprise solutions to help improve efficiency and drive down cost.  If these type of solutions are of interest to you sign up for the free webinar “Windows Embedded Opportunities in Enterprise Organizations,” will be held on June 28 at 8:00PM GMT.  For further details and registration…

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Using Driver Verifier to Test the Device Driver Quality

Check out the great whitepaper on Windows for Devices where Windows XP Embedded team member Nick Nehrhood discusses a tool that helps developers assess the quality of device driver code. In Part 1, Nick describes how to use the Verifier tool. In Part 2, which is  coming soon, Nick will discuss what to do if…


XP Embedded Feature Preview 2008, CTP Available

Can’t believe I forgot to blog about this.  If you haven’t done so already download and test the 2008 Feature Preview for XP Embedded. The CTP offers a number of new and updated features, including Media Player 11, Internet Explorer 7, and .NET Framework 3.0, along with some bug fixes.  Other new features being previewed…


Check out the XP Embedded Image Difference Engine

The “Image Difference Engine” and “Image Difference Applier” tools help you identify and package only the changed or added files and registry keys. This allows for a field upgrade without having to redeploy a complete Windows XP Embedded with SP2 image.  The tools can help determine and package smaller upgrades, including operating system security updates and hotfixes,…


Give your input on Windows Mobile and Embedded documentation

The Windows Mobile and Embedded Content Publishing team wants to determine the and general satisfaction with, the currently available technical documentation, in order to help determine future improvements. Unfortunately, no prizes, bribes, or T-shirts, just the satisfaction of helping to improve the technical documentation.  The survey is here, and should only take five minutes or…