.NET Micro Framework Roadmap

I have been procrastinating putting this blog out as we have been getting feedback form our users and firming up our plans but now things seem to be jelling so here it is.

We are working on a version 4.1 release that includes (pending any last minute contributions):

  • VS 2010 support

  • The Hashtable proposed on the netmf.com discussion and contributed by Eric Harlow

  • Open Source TCP/IP and SSL

  • DPWS enhancements

  • Big Endian support

The Open Source TCP/IP stack is the LWIP stack with OpenSSL.  These two Open Source stack elements will be available under the BSD license rather than the Apache 2.0 license that we use for the rest of the product.  We are in discussions with EBSNet about continuing to have their full featured and supported commercial stack available.  More on that later.  The current crypto binaries will also continue to be available for anyone using them. 

There are several more processor ports on the way.  I will not steal our partners' thunder by pre-announcing those but there are some very interesting new additions coming. 

Going Forward:

  1. We have gotten feedback that the process for contributing features to the core codebase is not clear.  We are working on that issue.

  2. We will make version 4.1 available at the Microsoft Download Center as before.  We will continue to make approximately annual releases through that channel.  After version 4.1, we will also have teh evolving codebase and issue tracking database on Codeplex so that you can get the most current drop or the last major drop - whichever works best for your needs.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Comments (6)
  1. Reza Pourzia says:

    Are you going to display at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose next week?

  2. Leonidas says:

    What about PPP? I know that some kits have a library for it, but it would be great if the framework supported it out of box.


  3. Colin Miller says:

    We will be at ESC for partner meetings next week but we will not have a booth.  

    As for PPP, it is a possible future feature but it will not make 4.1.  I believe that EBSNet has support for that.  

  4. Roel Alblas says:


    Will there be support for Remote Extensions in DPWS? And will the mftoolkit of M Schwarz especially Zigbee be integrated.



  5. Colin Miller says:

    Hi Roel,

           Remote Extensions in DPWS is somehting that we are looking at supporting but not immediately.  As for integrating support for Zigbee and other communications features – these are relatively high priority work items for us.  We are happy to talk wiht anyone aobut contributions to the core codebase or to support our partners building extension libraries.

  6. Goldsimon says:

    lwIP has support for PPP, too!

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