Microsoft Corp. announced the launch of its first Microsoft Embedded Systems Development Centre (MESDC) in Aachen, Germany. The MESDC is part of Microsoft’s effort to expand regional development centers in Denmark, France, Ireland, Serbia, the U.K. and other countries across Europe. The center will support global product development and drive smart, connected, service-oriented device development.
Located within the European Microsoft Innovation Centre (EMIC) in Aachen, the MESDC is a significant part of the US$75 million global R&D investment that the Windows Embedded Business is making in Europe this fiscal year.
The MESDC will support global product R&D, drive development of new and innovative features of Microsoft’s embedded operating systems, and accelerate collaboration between the U.S.-based Microsoft product groups and their counterparts in Europe.
Microsoft will start recruiting embedded systems engineers for the MESDC this month. The goal by the end of 2008 is to bring on board up to 15 engineers, who will work closely with the U.S. Windows Embedded product development team based in Redmond, Wash.
At the same time the company also announced the availability of the Microsoft .NET Micro Framework version 2.5, providing developers and device-makers with support for Web Services on Devices and a native Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) stack, bringing powerful new options for network discovery and connectivity to smaller resource-constrained devices.
“The .NET Micro Framework extends Microsoft’s embedded offerings to an even smaller world of connected devices,” said Colin Miller, product unit manager of the .NET Micro Framework at Microsoft. “With version 2.5, we’ve made significant updates to the platform in response to partner feedback. Our partners continue to validate the platform. The .NET Micro Framework is already being used in a variety of current hardware offerings in the home and industrial automation markets, the automotive industry, in PC peripherals, and in a wide variety of innovative consumer devices.”
With the .NET Micro Framework, developers can use the .NET languages, technologies and tools to develop smarter small devices. The .NET Micro Framework also offers opportunities for differentiation within a product line, with more sophisticated devices running Windows Embedded CE and simpler, lower-cost devices running the .NET Micro Framework.