.NET Compact Framework v2.0 SP1 is done and is being released.

Microsoft .NET Compact Framework version 2.0 SP1 release has been completed and is in the process of being released.  This service pack was driven customer feedback including improvements in stability, adds new debugging features, extended platform support, and new developer functionality.

The .NET Compact Framework will be delivered to customers through various channels.  Each channel and location will be reported on here.

Release Channels

(The links below will be updated as each release goes live)

Release Location
Web Download http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0c1b0a88-59e2-4eba-a70e-4cd851c5fcc4&displaylang=en
WCE 4.2 QFE http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=aeef5159-ecd5-4456-830f-97b6c4893d79&DisplayLang=en
WCE 5.0 QFE http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9899f025-cba6-4079-ad4c-24f8c08f1c57&DisplayLang=en
Visual Studio 2005 Patch  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=7befd787-9b5e-40c6-8d10-d3a43e5856b2&displaylang=en

Added Features

  • Added support for WindowsCE 4.2 in both the CAB
    installation and a Platform Builder Update (For more information on the
    Platform Builder Update, see
    Windows CE Download Center.)
  • Added the option to install the global assembly
    cache to the storage card.
  • Allow DataGrid cell drawing to be overridden
    Added support for headless Windows CE 5.0 devices
    by adding a Headless catalog item in Platform Builder. (For more information on the
    Platform Builder Update, see
    Windows CE Download Center.) 
  • Added System SR files to the Windows CE 5.0
    Platform Builder catalog item. (For more information on the
    Platform Builder Update, see
    Windows CE Download Center.) 
  • Enabled device debugging using mdbg.
    Included LogViewer tools to monitor network
  • Included the .NET Compact Framework Remote
    Performance Monitor. (For more information, see Steven Pratschner’s
  • Added the Serializable attribute.

Fixed Issues

  • Changing VT_BYREF Variants in managed code could
    lead to a memory leak.
  • Inappropriate caching of current UI culture even
    after CultureInfo.ClearCachedData is called.
  • For the HttpWebRequest method, an uncatchable
    ObjectDisposedException could occur when exiting an application with
    asynchronous requests.
  • Visual Studio hangs on setting a Breakpoint in a
    function with an infinite loop when it is called from the Immediate
  • Breakpoints do not work if the cached, managed
    dlls in the bcl directory differ from the ones on the device.
    Environment.GetFolderPath returns an
  • An access violation occurs when accessing .the
    Controls or .Controls.Count property of a control once it has begun the
    disposing process.
  • The WebBrowser.DocumentCompleted event is fired in
    a loop when the DocumentText property contains an image inside of a
  • Files should be extracted to the main storage as a
    workaround to avoid hardware issues on some storage cards.
    For the HttpWebRequest method, an
    ArgumentOutOfRangeException occurs when accessing some https:// URLs.
    Timer breaks after GetTickCount wraps around (49.7
  • Error occurs when loading the .NET Compact
    Framework version 2.0 on a device using an ActiveSync push.
  • Memory leaks occur when using Com marshaling.
  • Installer should check for ActiveSync version and
    disable deployment if version is older than ActiveSync 4.0 build 4343.
  • For the SerialPort class, an IOException is thrown
    when opening a serial port on the IPAQ 4150.
  • A call to HttpWebRequest over SSL with a payload
    greater than 32 KB hangs on the client when SendChunked returns false.
  • For the SerialPort class,an uncatchable exception
    occurs when Bluetooth is turned off.
  • A finalizer for the FileStream class will cause
    the application to crash if a previous IO operation failed.
  • Installation of the .NET Compact Framework fails
    on low memory devices.
  • PInvoke return types of UIntPtr throw a
  • The Debug.WriteLine method in the .NET Compact
    framework version 2.0 is not working.
  • For the SerialPort class, virtual serial ports are
    not reported by the SerialPort.GetPortNames method.
  • When using COM Interop, a VARIANT_BOOL type is
    passed incorrectly on ARMV4I.
  • The .NET Compact Framework incorrectly performs
    version comparison when loading assemblies.
  • Corrections needed for Http Abort semantics.
  • The DateTime.Now method throws an
  • Crash caused by using CurrentTimeZone.GetDaylightTime and
    CurrentTimeZone.GetStandardTime in certain rare stress conditions.

[Author: Mark Prentice]