Newsbits


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Welcome to the August 5, 1998 Windows CE Developer News Flash
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This service provides timely, relevant information on a regular basis to
enhance your development success with Microsoft(r) Windows(r) CE. For more
information about the news in this issue, visit the Windows CE Developer
site at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsce/developer/. 

For the latest information on availability of current and future beta
releases of Microsoft developer tools for Windows CE, e-mail
wcetbeta@microsoft.com for an auto-reply update message. Find the latest
developer downloads at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsce/developer/download/.

In this issue, you will find information and links in the following
categories (new or changed items are starred):

HIGHLIGHTS----------------------------------------------------------
*Windows CE Toolkit for Visual J++ 1.1 Now Available 
*Philips Ships Nino Palm-size PCs to Retailers
*Convert WAV Files for Use on Your Handheld PC
*Communicate from the Road with a Palm-size PC
-Windows CE 2.1 Preview Now Available For Embedded Development
-Learn About Mobile Channels, Push-Style News For Palm-Size PCs 
-Delve Into Microsoft's Vision For Windows CE*Microsoft Windows CE Web
--Site Gets A New Look And Feel
-Watch Windows CE Enterprise Day Via NetShow On The Web 

INDUSTRY WATCH------------------------------------------------------
*Hitachi to Expand Windows CE-based Development to Embedded and Home Solutions
*Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. and Microsoft Shake Hands on Expanded
Relationship
*Radiant Systems Uses MediaClient CE to Put the Fast Back into Fast Food 
-Send Us Third-Party Product Announcements For Windows CE
-Angry Graycat Designs Offers Pocket Scheme Lisp Interpreter
-bSQUARE Releases Beta HTML Editor For Handheld PCs And Palm-size PCs
-Computer Associates Adds Windows CE Support To Unicenter TNG
-Hewlett-Packard Offers Palmtop Asset Manager For H/PCs

DEVELOPER PROGRAMS--------------------------------------------------
-Windows CE Logo Program
-Join The Free MSDN ISV Program

UPCOMING DEVELOPER EVENTS-------------------------------------------
*The PDA Developer Connection -> Aug 5, 1998, San Jose, CA

*Software Development '98 East -> Aug 17-21, 1998, Washington, DC

-Windows CE Developers Workshops -> August 20-21, Boston, MA; September
16-17, Stockholm, Sweden; October 14-15, London, England; December 1-2, San
Diego, CA; December 9-10, Tel Aviv, Israel

-Microsoft Office and VBA Solutions Conference & Expo -> October 11-14,
1998, Los Angeles, CA 

-Windows CE Programming Workshops --> August 3-7 and September 14-18, 1998,
Seattle, WA

-Windows CE Expert Seminars -> August 27-28, 1998, San Jose, Calif.;
October 1998, Los Angeles, Calif. (tentative); December 17-18, 1998,
Austin, Texas

-Developer Days 98 --> September 2, 1998, Various cities 

-Business Applications Conference 98 --> September 9-11, 1998, Las Vegas, NV

-VBITS '98 -> September 21-24, Orlando, FL; September 27-30, Chicago, IL

-Visual Studio Developer Training Month --> September 28 to October 30,
1998, Various cities 

DEVELOPER FEEDBACK--------------------------------------------------
-We want to hear from you! Find out how to contact us.

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HIGHLIGHTS
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WINDOWS CE TOOLKIT FOR VISUAL J++ 1.1 NOW AVAILABLE
For anyone interested in building Java applications for the Handheld PC,
now's your chance. The Windows CE Toolkit for J++ 1.1, complete with a full
set of Windows CE development documentation, loads of sample applications,
and a Windows CE version of AppWizard is ready and waiting.
LINK TO:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsce/hpc/developer/wcetkvj.asp

PHILIPS SHIPS NINO PALM-SIZE PCS TO RETAILERS 
The Philips Nino Palm-size PCs are currently shipping to retailers and
should be available in stores by mid-July. The Philips Nino is the third
brand of Palm-size PC powered by Windows CE to ship, following models from
Everex and Casio. 
LINK TO:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsce/ppc/default.asp
or http://nino.philips.com

CONVERT WAV FILES FOR USE ON YOUR HANDHELD PC
In the latest Tips and Techniques column, Greg Schulz demonstrates the easy
way to convert WAV files to create a new audio scheme for your Handheld PC,
without losing out on the sound quality sweepstakes.
LINK TO:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsce/hpc/columns/tips.asp

COMMUNICATE FROM THE ROAD WITH A PALM-SIZE PC
Check out the new Product Spotlight column, in which Lisa Brown describes
how BSquare applications bPrint and bFax Express are making life easier and
more efficient for mobile professionals who want to use their palm-size PCs
to print and send faxes from the road.
LINK TO:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsce/ppc/columns/spotlight.asp

WINDOWS CE 2.1 PREVIEW NOW AVAILABLE FOR EMBEDDED DEVELOPMENT 
Embedded developers in the United States can now order the Windows CE 2.1
preview release for $15. The Windows CE 2.1 Preview Release requires the
Windows CE Embedded Toolkit for Visual C++ 5.0. New features include
support for additional microprocessors, SoundBlaster, Host USB, Fast IR, IP
Multicast, and more. Developers can call 1-888-296-6572 to order this
release. Note that this release is NOT for Handheld PCs or Palm-size PCs.
This offer only applies to orders shipped to addresses in the United
States; parties interested in the release outside of the U.S. should
contact their local Microsoft subsidiary. 
LINK TO:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsce/embedded/wce21_preview.asp 

LEARN ABOUT MOBILE CHANNELS, PUSH-STYLE NEWS FOR PALM-SIZE PCs
In the July edition of Comm Link, columnist Chris De Herrera explores the
use of Mobile Channels, one of the cool new features of Palm-size PCs
powered by Windows CE. Similar to Active Channel(tm) views, Mobile Channels
use "push" technology to send news and information to a desktop computer,
where it can be synchronized to a portable browser on Palm-size PCs.
LINK TO:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsce/ppc/columns/Commlink.asp

DELVE INTO MICROSOFT'S VISION FOR WINDOWS CE
In the latest MarketPlace column on the Windows CE Web site, Microsoft
Group Product Manager Doug Dedo examines where Microsoft sees the Windows
CE operating system appearing in the future. From PC Companions devices
like the Handheld PC to vertical market devices and home products, Windows
CE has a bright future. Find out more at 
LINK TO: 
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsce/columns/Marketplace.asp

MICROSOFT WINDOWS CE WEB SITE GETS A NEW LOOK AND FEEL
The Microsoft Windows CE Web site was relaunched with a new look and feel
for PC Expo. The new design features a clean new appearance and
user-friendly navigation.
LINK TO: 
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsce/

WATCH WINDOWS CE ENTERPRISE DAY VIA NETSHOW ON THE WEB 
Windows CE Enterprise Day showcased how Windows CE-powered devices such
Palm-size PCs and Handheld PCs extend the reach of corporate information
systems. Attendees learned how PC Companion devices can synchronize data
from sources such as Microsoft Office and Microsoft Outlook and provide
secure access to Microsoft BackOffice, Web applications, and legacy
systems. The event highlighted enterprise-class topics that include data
management, systems management, security, and return on investment. Also,
Microsoft's IT customers outlined how they are satisfying business needs
and saving money using Windows CE-powered devices. If you missed Windows CE
Enterprise Day, visit our IT Solutions News page for a NetShow-on-demand
feed of the event and other coverage and resources. 
LINK TO:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsce/itsolutions2/itnews/

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INDUSTRY WATCH
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HITACHI TO EXPAND WINDOWS CE-BASED DEVELOPMENT TO EMBEDDED AND HOME SOLUTIONS 
Hitachi announced it will create a development organization focused on
mobile, consumer, and real-time applications for Windows CE. Microsoft will
provide this new organization with broader access to Windows CE technology,
enabling Hitachi to rapidly build a wide range of customer solutions
powered by Windows CE. Both companies will work on providing additional PC
Companion products around Hitachi's 32-bit SuperH RISC microprocessor;
developing a home multimedia station that can manipulate, integrate, store,
and play digital data from various sources, including television, satellite
broadcasts, the Internet, digital cameras, local storage media, and DVD;
and incorporate Hitachi's expertise and Dependable Autonomous Hard
Real-time Management (DARMA) technology to provide customers with
additional hard real-time solutions based on Windows CE.
LINK TO:
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/1998/Jun98/HitchPR.htm 

RADIANT SYSTEMS USES MEDIACLIENT CE TO PUT THE FAST BACK INTO FAST FOOD 
Chick-fil-A fast food restaurants are going to get a dose of CE. Radiant
Systems, Inc., a leading provider of integrated retail technology
solutions, recently expanded its MediaClient family of products to include
MediaClient-CE to offer the reliability and flexibility of Windows-based
systems. MediaClient-CE, a networked Windows CE-powered system, offers an
open retail platform for point of sale (POS), digital merchandising,
interactive kiosks, and employee training. Radiant is currently installing
MediaClient-CE solutions in selected Chick-fil-A stores.
LINK TO:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/solutions/CaseStudies/Radiant.asp

MATSUSHITA AND MICROSOFT SHAKE HANDS ON EXPANDED DIGITAL RELATIONSHIP
As part of their expanded relationship, Microsoft Corporation and consumer
electronics industry leader Matsushita Electrical Industrial Company, Ltd.
signed a formal memorandum in July, agreeing to combine their efforts on
digital audio, video, and PC technologies. Their collaboration will focus
on such technologies as Web TV terminals and digital cable advanced set-top
boxes. Plans to create a corporate licensing policy will permit Matsushita
to use the Microsoft Windows CE operating system in innovative new products.
LINK TO:
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/1998/jul98/meipr.htm

SEND IN THIRD-PARTY PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR WINDOWS CE
The Windows CE "In The News" section on the Microsoft Web site includes
categories for news related to the PC Companion products (Handheld PC and
Palm-size PC). The categories include Product, Software, Developer, and
Services/Hardware Add-ons. There's also an "In The News" section for
embedded development. Submit announcements of new and significantly updated
products and services for Windows CE-based devices and development to
mworker@microsoft.com.
LINK TO: 
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsce/hpc/news/thirdparty/default.asp
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsce/ppc/news/thirdparty/default.asp
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsce/embedded/news/thirdparty/default.asp

ANGRY GRAYCAT DESIGNS OFFERS POCKET SCHEME LISP INTERPRETER
Angry Graycat Designs released Pocket Scheme, an interpreter for the Lisp
programming language that runs on the Handheld PC powered by Windows CE
2.0. The package includes a small parenthesis-balancing text editor and a
grep utility. Features include  file creation and manipulation, regular
expression operations on character strings, and TCP/IP networking. 
http://www.angrygraycat.com/goetter/siodhpc.htm

BSQUARE RELEASES BETA HTML EDITOR FOR HANDHELD PCs AND PALM-SIZE PCs
bSQUARE released a beta version of its HTML editor program for editing and
saving HTML and help files for Windows CE directly on Handheld PCs and
Palm-size PCs. The application includes a built-in preview feature, HTML
checker, and other handy features. A beta version is available for download
until September 1. 
http://www.bsquare.com/development/products/HTMLEditor.htm

COMPUTER ASSOCIATES ADDS WINDOWS CE SUPPORT TO UNICENTER TNG
Computer Associates International announced that its industry-leading
enterprise management platform, Unicenter TNG, will support Windows CE as
both a manageable resource and a management station. With this new support,
Unicenter TNG can automatically identify, monitor and track assets with
Windows CE-based Handheld PCs, Palm-size PCs, Auto PCs, and embedded system
devices across the enterprise. 
http://www.cai.com/press/98june/tng_wince.htm

HEWLETT-PACKARD OFFERS PALMTOP ASSET MANAGER FOR H/PCs
Hewlett-Packard's Palmtop Asset Manager, the first true manageability
application for Handheld PCs, is a fully DMI-compliant software application
that works with the HP TopTools Web-based management application. With
Palmtop Asset Manager, MIS managers can retrieve accurate, real-time
information from DMI-compliant devices on the network for performing asset
inventory and software upgrades. The Palmtop Asset Manager software, which
works with HP's 600 series Handheld PCs, is available for download.
http://www.hp.com/handheld/news/asset.html

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DEVELOPER PROGRAMS
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WINDOWS CE LOGO PROGRAM
The Powered by Microsoft Windows CE Logo program was developed to help end
users easily identify hardware and software products that are compatible
with the Microsoft Windows CE operating system. For hardware and software
vendors, displaying this logo means your products can be instantly
identified with this exciting new platform which supports a broad range of
communications, entertainment, and mobile-computing devices. Draft
requirements for the Palm-size PC Logo Program are now available.
LINK TO: 
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsce/logo/

JOIN THE FREE MSDN ISV PROGRAM
If you produce shrink-wrapped or downloadable software that runs on the
Windows CE platform, we want to help you succeed in your business. The MSDN
ISV Program provides co-marketing benefits as well as timely business and
technical information, including online listings, PR support, a customized
newsletter, trade show opportunities, a discount on MSDN Universal, and more!
LINK TO: 
http://www.microsoft.com/msdn/isvprtnr.htm 

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UPCOMING DEVELOPER EVENTS
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THE PDA DEVELOPER CONNECTION, August 5, 1998, San Jose, CA
Microsoft Corporation and Palm Computing/3 Com join forces to sponsor the
first developer networking event designed for professionals developing
applications and products for the PDA marketplace.
LINK TO:
http://www.center.org/pda98.htm

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT '98 EAST CONFERENCE & EXPO, August 17-21, 1998
(conference) and Aug 18-20, 1998 (expo), Washington, DC
The Software Development conference is geared toward industry professionals
in software development, management, and programming. SD'98 offers general
sessions covering a range of topics including Java, the Internet, and
object-relational databases, classes taught by industry leaders, and
special events such as the annual Java Super Bowl.
LINK TO:
http://www.sdexpo.com/

MICROSOFT OFFICE AND VBA SOLUTIONS CONFERENCE & EXPO, October 11-14, 1998,
Los Angeles, CA 
Office/VBA Conference will feature numerous hard-core technical sessions on
all aspects of solution development with Visual Basic for Applications,
Microsoft Office, and Microsoft BackOffice(r), as well as with third-party,
VBA-enabled applications such as AutoCAD, Visio, and Great Plains Dynamics. 
LINK TO:
http://www.vbaconference.com/

WINDOWS CE DEVELOPERS WORKSHOPS, ugust 20-21, Boston, MA; September 16-17,
Stockholm, Sweden; October 14-15, London, England; December 1-2, San Diego,
CA; December 9-10, Tel Aviv, Israel
Annabooks University is hosting a systems level course designed to give you
a head start for developing with the Microsoft Windows CE operating system.
Demonstrations, along with detailed analysis, provide the information and
confidence to start developing with Windows CE.
LINK TO:
http://www.annabooks.com/wincedw.htm

WINDOWS CE PROGRAMMING WORKSHOPS, September 14-18, 1998, Seattle, WA
The Paul Yao Company is offering two extended workshops on programming for
Windows CE. The Principles of Programming for Windows CE workshop is in
August, while the Advanced System Services Programming for Windows CE
workshop is in September.
LINK TO:
http://www.paulyao.com/

WINDOWS CE EXPERT SEMINARS, August 27-28, 1998, San Jose, Calif.; October
1998, Los Angeles, Calif. (tentative); December 17-18, 1998, Austin, Texas
The seminar "Programming Windows CE for Win32(r) Programmers" is now
offered by David Solomon Expert Seminars. The seminar is designed to assist
the experienced Win32 programmer in writing applications for Windows CE. 
LINK TO:
http://www.solsem.com/fs_public.html

DEVELOPER DAYS 98 - September 2, 1998, Various cities 
Be one of more than 70,000 developers gathering in more than 120 cities in
51 countries to learn about building Windows-based applications for
Internet, intranet, and client/server applications. Whether you're an
enterprise developer, Information Technology (IT) expert, consultant, or
system integrator, you'll gain the fundamental technical insights you need
to get started with Visual Studio 6.0 now. 
LINK TO:
http://www.microsoft.com/devdays/devDays.htm

BUSINESS APPLICATIONS CONFERENCE 98 - September 9-11, 1998, Las Vegas, NV
Have you built your digital nervous system yet? Register for the Business
Applications Conference 98, to be held September 9-11 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Business Applications Conference enables corporate developers, ISVs,
and systems integrators to integrate multiple Microsoft technologies, ISV
products, and customer applications into solutions.  
LINK TO:
http://events.microsoft.com/events/bizapps/

VISUAL BASIC INSIDERS' TECHNICAL SUMMIT (VBITS '98), September 21-24,
Orlando, FL; September 27-30, Chicago, IL
Get in-depth information on SQL Server 7.0, Visual InterDev 6.0, the latest
Visual Basic technologies, and much more at the Visual Basic Insiders'
Technical Summit (VBITS), the leading conference for developers building
strategic business applications with Visual Basic and other Microsoft
development tools. VBITS is brought to you by Fawcette Technical
Publications and sponsored by Microsoft Corporation.
LINK TO:
http://www.vbits98.com/

VISUAL STUDIO DEVELOPER TRAINING MONTH, September 28 to October 30, 1998,
Various cities 
Prepare yourself for Visual Studio Developer Training Month in October. A
three-day intensive training class on "Mastering Distributed Application
Design Using Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0", brought to you by your nearest
Authorized Training Education Center (ATEC). This class is taught by
certified experts and features a small class size to promote one-on-one
interaction and personalized attention. You'll learn exactly what you need
to know: tips, techniques, shortcuts, and strategies to ensure that, when
you return to work, you'll be ready to work. 
LINK TO:
http://www.microsoft.com/devdays/visualStudio.htm

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FEEDBACK
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We want your feedback on specific types of information that will help you
be more effective developing for Windows CE. Send us you suggestions and
questions at: wcedev@microsoft.com

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Microsoft-sponsored events:
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For information on all Microsoft-sponsored events, please visit:
http://events.microsoft.com



Newsbit furnished by:


A: NetShift Software Ltd.
A: Hughenden Yard, Marlborough, Wilts,SN8 1LT, UK
T: +44 (0)1672 511 094
F: +44 (0)1672 511 078
E: Tim@netshift.com
W: www.netshift.com

Thanks Tim!


Thanks Kinetic!

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