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Windows Embedded Update!

Have you visited the Windows Embedded portal lately?

If not, you should. There are lots of new information resources added, new business insights relate to the Internet of Things and new products such as Azure Intelligent Systems Services and new program such as Windows on Devices and more...




Windows and the Internet of Things 

During the //build/ conference, Steve Teixeira had a session about Windows and Internet of Things, where he talks about technologies such as Windows Embedded Compact, .NET Micro Framework and Azure can be used to build cool devices and intelligent systems that are part of the Internet of Things.

The recorded video from Steve’s session is available via the following URL:


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Windows Embedded Compact Build Error: "warning MSB3061: Unable to delete file"

  Ever get: "Warning MSB3061: Unable to delete file " message towrds the end of a build, eg:     BUILDREL: BUILDMSG: Cleaning up "C:\WINCE800\OSDesigns\OSDesign9\OSDeisgn9\RelDir\VAR_SOM_AM33_ARMV7_Release" C:\WINCE800\public\common\oak\misc\buildrel.proj(495,5): warning MSB3061: Unable to delete file "C:\WINCE800\OSDesigns\OSDesign9\OSDeisgn9\RelDir\VAR_SOM_AM33_ARMV7_Release\proxydriver.dll". The process cannot access the file 'C:\WINCE800\OSDesigns\OSDe ...

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WES: Dialog Over Southwest Boarding Display

I was about to board a Southwest flight last night, when the Scanner and Camera Wizard error dialog suddenly popped up on top of the boarding group display (see picture).  I know people who like to take pictures of things like this, and to be honest I have been doing it myself lately, but I really didn’t know what to do with them.   Then I thought about this being a teachable moment, how can we prevent this from occurring on systems that we manage?   I am not sure exactly how to get to this point.   But I can guess, I think that one of the Southwest employees probably plugged their smartphone into the computer that controls this display (probably to charge it.  Reminds me of the time that one of the judges on Americas Got Talent unplugged the shows judging buttons to charge her phone.) There are actually a few things wrong in the picture: The Explorer shell and start bar a running.  That means that someone can always figure out a way to jump on the sys ...

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Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (BLE) Class Lib. for .NET MicroFramework

Lorenzo Maiorfi, a Windows Embedded MVP from Italy, recently released a Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (BLE) class library for .NET Micro Framework, under an Apache License.

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Accelerated graphics on BeagleBone Black with Windows Embedded Compact

Windows Embedded Compact 2013 (WEC2013) has great graphics and the XMAL /Silverlight support makes it great for User Interface (UI) development. With WEC 2013 many of the traditional user shell components, like the control panel, have been removed. This shifts most of the UI burden back on the OS developer. Not to worry though, there are some great samples included with WEC2013 and the development tools are now top notch. Here is an example of a home screen and the control panel included in WEC7 but removed in WEC2013: And here is an example of a home screen included as sample code in WEC 2013: You can clearly see the improvements. One additional nice feature of the new graphics framework is its ability to support “hardware acceleration”. Most all the new PCs graphic cards do some form of hardware acceleration and now even the lower-end embedded Systems On a Chip (SOC’s) include graphics accelerators or GPUs. The Beagleboard Black, which contains a Texas Instruments AM335X processor, is no excepti ...

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Valter Minute, Windows Embedded MVP, join Embedded101 board

Valter Minute, Windows Embedded MVP, joined Embedded101 board to help guide and expand our community.

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Better Embedded 2014 : my session on Internet of Things


The July 4th and 5th I was in Florence for the event Better Embedded 2014, the first Italian conference dedicated to the embedded world.

I was lucky and honored to be a speaker with a session on the Internet of Things entitled "Internet of Things: protocols war !" The event was attended by many people every year and has kept his expectations and I hope to be able to relive this experience again next year.



Regarding my slides you can find them on SlideShare.

IoT and managed sensor interface with WEC2013

In my last blog post I showed how to transfer IoT data over the network using the M2MQTT library. But how, you may ask, do you acquire the data in the first place? Well, chances are you have some kind of sensor, be it temperature, pressure, accelerometer or what have you. These sensors, more than likely, interface to the IoT node processor via some kind of bus. It could be I2C, SPI, CAN, LIN or any number of others in the alphabet soup. By far the two most popular low level sensor buses are I2C and SPI. I2C stands for Inter-Integrated Circuit and was invented by Philips Semiconductor (now NXP Semiconductor), SPI stand for Serial Peripheral Interface invented by Motorola. In this example I will show how we can interface to these buses using managed code (C#) in Visual Studio 2013. I will use the BeagleBone Black as the platform running Windows Embedded Compact 2013. A prebuilt demo image is available at my Codeplex site along with all the source code for the example. To start I wired a prototyp ...

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Bruce Eitman, long time Windows CE Guru, join Embedded101

Bruce Eitman, long time Windows Embedded guru, joined Embedded101 as one of the member of the board to help guide and expand our community.

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Microsoft debuts Sharks Cove a Raspberry Pi alternative


"Microsoft has finally joined the mini PC craze, introducing a Windows-compatible development board dubbed Sharks Cove."

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WES: Using Diskpart from a Batch File

I recently needed to create and format a disk partition from a batch file.  To make this more fun, I needed to run the batch file from a USB disk which mounted as the D drive, but I needed the new partition to be the D drive when finished. in the interest of full disclosure, there are other ways to do this, but I wanted to do it from a batch file because I was doing other things from batch files at the time – so this method fit in. I started this by doing running diskpart and learning what could do and how to do it.  To start I knew that I needed to create disk 0 partition 2 and format it with NTFS.  The commands in diskpart are: select disk 0 create partition primary noerr select part 2 format fs=ntfs label=Data quick These command create and partition disk 0 partition 2 and format the disk.  But what I found is that the USB disk was the D drive and the new partition was the F driver, not what I want.   But if before creating the partition, I ch ...

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Windows Embedded Compact 7 Minimize

The Windows Embedded Compact 7 (Compact 7) getting started series is created to provide simple and easy to follow information to help academic, hobbyist and commercial developers to learn and engage in Compact 7 development.

This is a series of 9 articles, with additional supplements, that cover the following subjects:

  • Development environment
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  • Native code application
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Apr10CEDriverWiz Version 2.00: Using the Wizard
Created by David Jones on 4/10/2013 8:56:42 AM

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Apr10CEDriverWiz Version 2.00: An Example
Created by David Jones on 4/10/2013 7:28:32 AM

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Apr09Installing CEDriverWiz for Visual Studio
Created by David Jones on 4/9/2013 8:41:27 AM

Install Visual Studio 2012/2008/2005 (depending upon your version of CE/Compact) and all of t...
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Apr01CEDriverWiz V2.00: About this release
Created by David Jones on 4/1/2013 7:33:39 AM

This brings the wizard in line with our Wrox book: "Professional Windows Embedded Compact 7" . ...
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Apr01CEDriverWiz Version 2.00 User Manual
Created by David Jones on 4/1/2013 6:40:34 AM

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May15Configure Flash Storage to Launch Compact 7 OS Runtime with DiskPrep
Created by Samuel Phung on 5/15/2012 8:41:50 PM

The DiskPrep powertoy is a useful utility to configure different type of flash storage to launch Wi...
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