Category: Events

UK Tablet PC ISV Challenge – Judging Complete

In the last couple of weeks I’ve been down to Microsoft’s UK headquarters in Reading as a member of the judging panel for this interesting Tablet PC competition.

Entrants were given the ability to purchase a subsidised Tablet PC and develop an application which they felt was perfect for the Tablet PC platform. The first week we looked over many entries aimed at a whole range of vertical markets, this was reduced to a shortlist of 10 entrants who came in this week to give a short presentation to the panel and get a chance to explain their projects in more detail and demonstrate some of the Tablet PC specific features.

There can be only one winner of course, they will receive the chance to travel to Microsoft’s HQ in Redmond and meet with the Tablet PC team. I can’t tell you who that is yet as it will be announced at the Tablet PC event in Heathrow next Tuesday. It was a really interesting experience to see the range of things people are planning to use Tablet applications for.

Smart Device Programming chat starts soon!

I intended to post this slightly more in advance but have been travelling around all this week, please excuse me πŸ™‚

Chat Date: June 10th
10:00am – 11:00am Pacific Time
1:00pm – 2:00pm P.M. Eastern time
17:00 – 18:00 GMT/BST

Description: You know them from the newsgroups! You love them for their
immense knowledge! Please join these amazing Microsoft MVPs in this live
chat regarding the .NET Compact Framework and the Smart Device Programming
features of VS.NET. The .NET Compact Framework is a subset of the .NET
Framework designed to allow .NET developer to target smart devices. The
Smart Device Programming features of VS.NET allow embedded developers to
target devices running the Compact Framework.

To join this chat, please visit:

Upcoming .NET Compact Framework Chat: 13th May 2004

Coming up tomorrow, the latest MSDN web chat with the .NETCF and Visual Studio for Devices team. Below are the details from MSDN:-


Smart Device Programming with Visual Studio .NET 2003
So what’s that ‘Smart Device Application’ project type is all about? Please join the members of the .NET Compact Framework and Visual Studio product groups in this live chat regarding the .NET Compact Framework and the Smart Device Programming features of VS.NET. Please come prepared to ask the tough questions!

May 13, 2004
10:00 – 11:00 A.M. Pacific time
1:00 – 2:00 P.M. Eastern time
17:00 – 18:00 GMT

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Windows Mobile Developer Chat later today

James Pratt (Mobile Devices team) will be hosting a developer chat later today covering all aspects of development for Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition. Full description below:-

Mobile Devices Developer web chat
Are you developing applications for Pocket PCs or Smartphones? Have questions about how to code for mobile devices? Come get the answers from Microsoft!

April 27, 2004
3:00 – 4:00 P.M. Pacific time
6:00 – 7:00 P.M. Eastern time
22:00 – 23:00 GMT

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An MDC 2004 Summary

So its been two weeks since MDC in San Francisco, in which time I’ve been back to the UK and then out to Seattle for the MVP summit. Today the article I wrote summarising the event has gone live on Pocket PC Thoughts and you can view it here:-,26374

Its difficult to cover everything because there were multiple tracks running simultaneously and I also spent some time helping out in the Hands-On labs and Ask the Experts area. However hopefully I’ve managed to cover all the major points raised at the event, though of course I’d love to hear your feedback!

Back from San Francisco

I’ve got back home from MDC, my immediate task is to clear the backlog of emails and serious sleep deprivation! I’ll also be pulling together all my notes on the event for a Smartphone / Pocket PC Thoughts article.

The event included a great mixture of short term and longer-term announcements. Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition brings support for a greater range of form factors for devices. After some deliberation I decided not to get my iPaq 2210 flashed as the beta image excluded any Bluetooth support, which would cripple the device which I use day-to-day. I have of course installed the Emulator images to target the platform. Longer term, Visual Studio 2005, .NET Compact Framework 2.0 and SQL Server Mobile are shaping up to be a powerful set of tools and technologies, and I can’t wait to play with the preview version of Visual Studio 2005 that was handed out!