.NET Micro Framework v3.0 SDK beta now available!
The .NET Micro Framework team announced the v3.0 SDK beta, that is now available to all developers through the Microsoft Connect website (http://connect.microsoft.com/netmf). Simply fill out a short survey and you have full access to the downloads, newsgroup, and feedback.
Check the site for details about the RicaVision VAVE100 universal remote control (running SideShow and .NET Micro Framework) that Microsoft is giving away as part of the beta!
And remember to check the FAQ in the beta site for the most up-to-date information about hardware supported in the 3.0 beta, how to migrate projects to VS2008, and what features are supported in the current version.
v3.0 of the .NET MF SDK is planned to ship later this calendar year.
The following features are included in the first public beta:
- Visual Studio 2008 now supported
.NET Micro Framework V3.0 now runs under Visual Studio 2008. Additionally, .NET Micro Framework V2.5 projects can also be built using VS 2008 and the .NET Micro Framework V3.0 (seems to work like the .NET multi targeting introduced with VS 2008)
- DPWS CodeGen tools
The .NET Micro Framework v3.0 now includes a tool, MFSvcUtil.exe that can be used to generate .NET Micro Framework DPWS client proxies and DPWS Service stubs from WSDL files.
- USB Device support
In addition to allowing debugging over USB, hardware running the .NET Micro Framework 3.0 can now act as USB devices using the Microsoft.SPOT.Hardware.UsbClient namespace.
- Stylus/Touch Panel support
Using touchscreen-enabled hardware, or the new touchscreen emulator, you can create code that reacts when UI elements are pressed, captures “ink” for signatures or jotted notes, or handles gestures for UI navigation. You can access this functionality through Microsoft.SPOT.Touch, Microsoft.SPOT.Ink, and new extensions to the Microsoft.SPOT.Presentation namespaces.
- Secure Sockets support
The .NET Micro Framework v3.0 now supports Secure Sockets Layer (*SSL) networking for secure communications.
Following features are not available in the first public beta:
- File system
- 802.11 Wi-Fi infrastructure
- Support for more cores and processor architectures
- Publicly available Porting Kit for purchase (separate product not included with the SDK)
Device Solutions has announced support for their Tahoe development kit during the v3.0 beta and GHI Electronics has announced support for their USBizi and EmbeddedMaster development kits with the v3.0 beta.