Season’s Greetings from the Embedded Windows Team!

As we wrap up 2006 and move onward to 2007, it feels good to think about the XP Embedded Team’s achievements in the last year and I get excited as we look into the plans for the next year.   For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Kalpana Murthy, the GPM (Group Program Manager)…

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Kalpana’s Bio

Hi, I am the Group Program Manager in the Embedded Windows Team. My team is responsible for planning and managing software releases on Embedded Windows.  As part of that role, we work closely with members of  Embedded Development and Test Teams.  We also work extensively with various other Feature Teams within Microsoft to ascertain and…

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Unicode Byte ordering

  While looking up something related to the Unicode Byte Order Mark a couple of months ago I ran across this article on Joel Spolsky’s blog and I kept meaning to share it with you but lost track of it during the FP2007 work. The article is called “The Absolute Minimum Every Software Developer Absolutely,…

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Making the most of Re-factoring in FP2007 – Part 2

In my first blog post on re-factoring I mentioned the way to maximize the footprint savings was to re- create your configuration from  scratch with FP 2007 installed on your database. However, this way not  be practical for some people in terms of time and effort and they are willing to trade less of a…

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Using "Message Box Default Reply" to Intercept Messages

 Scenarios involving a Headless system or Custom shell often require system generated “message boxes” to be hidden from the end user. At the same time, the developer needs a way to track the generated messages. The “Message Box Default Reply” component has been added to XPe FP2007 with such a goal in mind. The component…

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Changes to Embedded Servicing

It’s been a while since I’ve made a post – ten months, actually.  So this one will be big, and hopefully address a number of issues. I’ve handled a lot of questions over the past couple of weeks concerning the November set of Embedded security updates, the format of the updates on the OEM Secure…

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Missing MPEG-4 Codec in Windows Media Player 10

The Windows XP Embedded Service Pack 2 Feature Pack 2007 release includes Windows Media Player 10 (or simply referred to as WMP10).  WMP10 does not include an older Microsoft MPEG-4 codec (because this file took no changes between Windows Media Player 9 and WMP10) and therefore certain media files (using the .ASF file extension) cannot…

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Thomas’ Bio

  Thomas Yong joined Microsoft Windows Embedded team last Spring.  He has been very active in helping to drive the Feature Pack 2007 project as well as leading the collaboration with a number of product development teams within Microsoft to enable new technologies for XP Embedded platform.  Prior to Microsoft, Thomas held positions in development,…

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ANNOUNCING XPe FORUM DISCUSSION SITE!

After several weeks working with our MSDN team, I am very pleased to announce that the Forum discussion site of XPe is live now at http://forums.microsoft.com/EmbeddedWindows ! Go sign in with your passport account info there and see how cool it is!What Are Forums?They are a web-based analog of NNTP newsgroups. Why Not Just Use…

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Skipping Serial Port Enumeration

Plug and play has been a great benefit to the desktop computing world. However, some of its shortcomings have made it less beneficial in the embedded computing market place. Specifically, I’m thinking about longer boot times and, in some cases, misidentification of devices. An example of this latter failing was recently presented to me though…

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