Microsoft recently released the latest iteration of its .Net software running on compact devices, improving SQL Server and running a second round of beta testing on Visual Studio and .Net Compact Framework.
With Web services-enabled devices, like Monday's release of SQL Server CE, technicians and executives on the move can make real-time adjustments to figures and inventory and "synch" up with corporate intranet or Internet sites.
SQL Server CE 2.0 is part of Microsoft's attempt to get corporations integrated into the .Net compact framework and get its developers to rely on Visual Studio .Net for Web services. While many Web services standards incorporate extensive support for PCs and networks, Microsoft has also been heavily investing in handheld device support.
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