Friday, December 30, 2011

Buongiorno Windows Phone 7 app

Released a new app for Windows Phone 7: buongiorno

Read all the "buongiorno" articles by Massimo Gramellini published on "La Stampa"!
The application is unofficial, gets data from public RSS.
Download it now, it's free!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Windows Embedded Hands On Labs - Milan

On Tuesday, December 13th BEPS Engineering, in collaboration with Microsoft Innovation Center (Torino) and Windows Embedded EMEA Team, has presented two Hands-On-Labs on Windows Embedded technologies. The HoLs have been presented in the new Labs of the Microsoft Campus located near Milan.
In the morning Beppe, Marco and Gianni, three eMVPs from BEPS have presented the Hands On Lab on Windows Embedded Compact 7, the last version of Windows Embedded CE. The main objectives have been to allow participants to work directly on workstations configured and ready to use, to practice with the help of trainers and take home the possibility of repeating the exercises on their own workstations.
In the afternoon, with the same formula, we have moved to Windows Embedded Standard 7, the packaged version of Windows 7.
The 18 participants were satisfied and, at the end of the day, there was the time of the questions that prompted the trainer to treat, in more detail, the required arguments.

For more details:                 Windows Embedded Website;                      Windows Embedded Italia Website;      Windows Embedded Partner Website;                                     BEPS Engineering Website;                            Beppe Platania (eMVP) blog;         Marco Bodoira (eMVP) blog;    Gianni Rosa Gallina (eMVP) blog;                                    Microsoft Innovation Center (Torino) Website;              Microsoft Innovation Center (Torino) Blog.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Windows Phone applications: more than 2000 downloads!

Last summer I published the first application at Windows Phone marketplace:Motogp 2011 timetable. After the great feedback, I published similar app for Formula1 Formula1 2011 timetable. Yesterday they achieved 2000 downloads! I need to thank Luca Regnicoli and Katia Egiziano for the support given at WindowsPhone7 Camp on may at Mic Torino.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Microsoft MVP 2011 Award!

I was speechless when I received this mail from Microsoft:
Congratulations! We are pleased to introduce you the 2011 edition of Microsoft ® MVP Award. It's an award for technical community leaders with exceptional skills who actively share with others the extraordinary quality of its expertise in the field. We really appreciate your incredible contribution, relative to Windows Embedded within the technical community over the past year.
The Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) is the highest award given by Microsoft, to those it considers "the best and brightest from technology communities around the world" who "actively share their ... technical expertise with the community and with Microsoft".

To receive the Microsoft MVP Award, MVP nominees undergo a rigorous review process. A panel that includes members of the MVP team and Microsoft product groups evaluates each nominee's technical expertise and voluntary community contributions for the past 12 months. The panel considers the quality, quantity, and level of impact of the MVP nominee's contributions. Active MVPs receive the same level of scrutiny as other new candidates each year.

MVPs are independent of Microsoft, with separate opinions and perspectives, and are able to represent the views of the community members with whom they engage every day.

I'm very happy and honored to receive this award, I need to congratulate with my colleagues Gianni Rosa Gallina and Beppe Platania, who have been awarded Windows Embedded MVP too!

Thank you to all Microsoft and non-Microsoft people who brought me to this award.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Windows 8 dev preview running on a small PC!

This video shows Windows 8 running on a Intel AtomTM N450/D510 1.6 GHz fanless with 1GB RAM with a display 19'' with resistive touch screen single touch, USB controlled.

I installed the Windows Developer Preview English, 32-bit (x86) version from
I created a USB bootable device using Windows7-USB-DVD-tool, available at
The installation was really easy and fast: I turned on the machine and I launched the installation directly from the USB drive. After 20 minutes it was ready.
Here some pictures during installation.

I had a problem with power supply so I had also this nice blue screen. Anyway the system that is only a developer preview was able to solve the problem after reboot. :-P

Friday, July 1, 2011

EmbeddedSPARK Challenge 2011 @ Finals Again!

After have won the challenge last year, I was really surprised to see again my project selected to the final! We had good time in Seattle, where we visited the Windows Embedded headquarter, Microsoft Advanta, and we met judges of the competition: the Windows CE architect Mike Hall, the evangelist Olivier Bloch and Sam Phung, embedded MVP.

At the end I achieved the 3° place, while my colleague Gianni was 2°; Sebastian LondoƱo from Colombia won the first prize with his project ArS8VER.
I need to thank Gitte-Lena (steel) for the organization and the support to have fun in the final days.
For more details visit

Friday, June 3, 2011

Connect with Windows Embedded in collaboration with Arrow Electronics

On June 9, come and discover the Windows Embedded world at the Microsoft headquarter in collaboration with Arrow Electronics. You will have the chance to meet a team of Microsoft expert and its partners, through our demo to discover the innovative systems using Windows Embedded and participate in technical workshops to learn about our platforms.
In the afternoon, me and Marco Pasin (from Microsoft Innovation Center in Turin) will show some examples of Silverlight for Embedded on Windows CE 6.0 and on the new version Windows Embedded Compact 7.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Digital Blackboard @ EmbeddedSPARK 2011

This year I once again partecipated at EmbeddedSpark Challenge, with this project, useful to all families.

Digital Blackboard is a system where Information can be edited from everywhere through:
The embedded Digital Blackboard
The web Digital Blackboard site
The Windows Phone 7 application Digital Blackboard
You won’t have any more problems with synchronization with your family, everyone will be updated on the progress of the shopping list and to do list. Digital Blackboard will also add useful and easy-to-use widgets for the whole family, also for your grandmother.

For more details I've also made a video demo:

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Proof Of Concept for Windows Phone 7 at Microsoft Innovation Center (Turin)

Last week I had the opportunity to participate in the Proof Of Concept in the laboratories of Microsoft Innovation Center. In these two days each of us has been able to create the pillars of his own Windows Phone 7 application, with the technical help of Luca Regnicoli and the user experience of Katia Egiziano (
If you are interested in these initiatives, please visit the MIC

Friday, March 11, 2011

How to build, deploy and run a Windows Embedded Compact 7 image

Following this interesting article on Embedded101 Build Windows Network Projector with WEC7 in about an Hour I decided to put on practice my first official WEC7 image on a real hardware recording all steps.

First, I built a image, including a silverlight shell provided by Microsoft inside Platform Builder 7.

After that, I prepared a Compact Flash with diskprep and ran the OS on a device with:
- CPU: Onboard Intel D510/525 Atom processor,
- RAM: 1GB

Thak you Sam for the excellent article!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Released Windows Embedded Compact 7

Today is officially released the Windows Embedded Compact 7! The official link is main differences between Windows CE 6.0 R3:

Microsoft RTOS Comparison ChartWindows CE 6.0 R3Windows Embedded Compact 7
Multi Touch & Gesture SupportLimitedYes
Browser SupportIE6IE7 with Flash
Physical RAM512MB3GB
Kernel Support for ProcessorsARMv4ARMv7

For more info you can read at

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Free Ebook Silverlight for Windows Phone

MIC ITB Indonesia crew has authored a free ebook titled Silverlight for Windows Phone that cover basic windows phone development using Silverlight.Yes, it is free and it’s written in English.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Device developing: from embedded to desktop

Today BEPS Engineering with TTG organize the event Device developing: from embedded to desktop. The event will cover the following thematics:








Developing on embedded devices(WES7, WEC7, MicroFramework, HandHeld)

Beppe Platania


Debugging with Visual Studio 2010

Marco Russo





Developing UIs with Expression Blend


Gianluca Cucco


Developing UIs with "Silverlight for Embedded"

Marco Bodoira


Test Driven Development (TDD) con Visual Studio 2010

Stefano Paluello


Questions & Answers