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DEVELOPING: Microsoft releases Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional and Standard SDKs [UPDATE 2]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Saturday, 23.01.10 - 10:31:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 25770x
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While Windows Mobile 6.5 was officially launched October last year, so far Microsoft hasn't offered an updated SDK (Software Development Kit) for its latest Windows Mobile version. But yesterday, Microsoft silently launched the Windows Mobile 6.5 SDKs which provide documentation, sample code, header and library files, emulator images and tools which can be used with Microsoft's Visual Studio to build applications for Windows Mobile 6.5. The Windows Mobile 6.5 SDK must also be installed in order to use any of the Windows Mobile 6.5 API or samples. It comes with the images for Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional (touchscreen smartphone) and Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard (non-touchscreen) and features different language-sets.

The Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 SDK supports Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 and requires either Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition and above or Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition or above (as always, Express Editions aren't supported).
The different Windows Mobile 6.5 SDKs are now available as a free download from Microsoft.

UPDATE: Something happened to the Windows Mobile 6.5 SDK. While available on Saturday and Sunday, it was removed anytime last night and isn't available as a download anymore. It's not yet clear why Microsoft removed the download but I was told the SDK could cause some problems with Microsoft Visual Studio (which was required to use the SDK). It's most likely (but not confirmed) that an overhauled version will be re-released.

UPDATE 2: Waggener Edstrom, Microsoft's Windows Mobile PR agency just followed-up the SDK-removal and let us know that "on Friday, January 22nd Microsoft prematurely posted a version of an upcoming Windows Mobile 6.5 SDK to a public facing Web page. While the SDK was not announced or promoted, it was discovered and generated questions from the community. The beta SDK has since been removed. To provide the best experience possible for Windows phone developers, the SDK will be reposted once final testing has been conducted. We apologize for any inconvenience".

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by Ted on 23.01.10 - 10:57:46

I don't think it's much use releasing the Windows Mobile 6.5 SDK at this late stage.

Is anyone still developing for Windows Mobile 6.X? This platform is about to be phased out for Microsoft's new mobile OS. We're basically at the end of the line with 6.X.

I have my doubts as to whether many devs will bother with the new platform, either.

Posted by Arne Hess on 23.01.10 - 11:27:55

I somewhat agree - if rumors are right and we will really see Windows Mobile 7 announced in Barcelona. Nevertheless, there are tons of vertical market applications available as well as some great consumer applications the developers might want to adopt for Windows Mobile 6.5. So yes, I agree that it might makes less sense today to develop completely new applications for Windows Mobile 6.5 the first time but it definitely makes sense to adopt previous Windows Mobile 5.0 or Windows Mobile 6 application to Windows Mobile 6.5 or even Windows Mobile 6.5.3. At this point we don't know when Windows Mobile 7 will be available.

Posted by Nick Randolph on 23.01.10 - 12:13:17

There are some nice features in the sdk, particularly for those doing Windows Mobile widget development.  More details in this overview - … rview.aspx

Posted by mobilitygeek on 25.01.10 - 09:16:12

Link dead?

Posted by d.true on 26.01.10 - 13:58:21

Yes, link is dead: … o-6-5-sdk/

Posted by Arne Hess on 26.01.10 - 14:41:55

As posted in Update 1 and Update 2 of the article.

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