Microsoft updated the .NET Micro Framework, releasing Version 2.5 with improvements in Web Services and TCP/IP support.
.NET Micro Framework Version 2.5 includes a Web Services on Devices implementation compatible with Windows Vista and supported by the other Microsoft Windows Embedded platforms.
With Web Services on Devices, Micro Framework devices can discover and communicate with other devices on a network without need for user configuration. While some observers initially scoffed at Web services as a ‘real-time’ embedded solution, a growing consensus hold that it is ‘real-time’ enough for a slew of solutions.
Also, with Version 2.5, the framework gains native TCP/IP stack support, and, let’s face it, TCP/IP is nothing short of the greatest protocol of all time.
Microsoft also said it has inked a deal with oft-time rival IBM to collaborate on a pre-installed Windows embedded-based point-of-service solution for the retail and hospitality industries.