I've recently been asked where the .NET Compact Framework version 2 beta is availble for download. The NetCF beta is part of the .NET Framework SDK version 2.0 beta (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=916EC067-8BDC-4737-9430-6CEC9667655C&displaylang=en) or as part of the Visual Studio 2005 beta (http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/vs2005/get/default.aspx). Please note that if you wish to use the Visual Studio 2005 beta to build NetCF applications, you will need to order the full beta product -- smart device programmability are not available in the Visual Studio 2005 Express beta products.
If you use the Visual Studio 2005 beta, you can install the NetCF v2 beta to your device by building and deploying a simple project. If you use the .NET Framework beta, you will need to copy the appropriate .cab file to your device. To install, double tap on the .cab file name in the device's file explorer. The cab files are located in <drive>:\Program Files\Microsoft.NET\SDK\v2.0\CompactFramework\WindowsCE and are arranged by operating system version (PocketPC 2003 -- wce400).
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