Windows Mobile 6.5 Developer Tool Kit Is Out, Time to Work on those Widgets
Article by George Norman
On 04 Jun 2009
The next iteration of the Windows Mobile operating system has yet to be delivered to the end user, but the Redmond-based software giant Microsoft is making sure that 3rd party developers have everything they need to start working on Windows Mobile 6.5 applications. Consequently the Windows Mobile 6.0 Developer Tool Kit, or TDK if you prefer, has been released and is available for download.

“The Windows Mobile 6.5 Developer Tool Kit adds documentation, sample code, header and library files, emulator images and tools to Visual Studio that let you build applications for Windows Mobile 6.5. This document contains important information about this package. For general information about writing software for Windows Mobile, please see the Windows Mobile Developer Center. The Windows Mobile 6 SDK must also be installed in order to use any of the Windows Mobile 6.5 Gesture API or samples,” says the official presentation of Windows Mobile 6.5 TDK.


The Developer Tool Kit comes with several Emulator Images:
Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional Square Emulator
Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional QVGA Emulator
Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional WQVGA Emulator
Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional VGA Emulator
Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional WVGA Emulator
Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard Square Emulator
Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard QVGA Emulator

The Developer Tool Kit also comes with a new set of APIs that should allow developers to properly benefit from the new Windows Mobile 6.5 touch gesture framework. With the gesture APIs, an application can handle touch gesture input and provide a visual experience that is consistent with the device’s UI.

If you want to start developing your own WinMo 6.5 widget, here are the bits and pieces you will need:
- The Windows Mobile 6.5 Developer Tool Kit Emulator Images presented above
- The web development environment of your choosing
- WMDC (Windows Mobile Device Center) or ActiveSync 4.5
Software Engineer, Jorge Peraza, has a detailed post on how you can create a Windows Mobile 6.5 widget here.

If you would like to get the Windows Mobile 6.5 Developer Tool Kit, you can grab it directly from Microsoft if you click here.

UPDATE: Windows issued a WinMo 6.5 TDK, not a new SDK. An explanation of the differences between TDK and SDK is available here.

Tags: Microsoft, Windows Mobile 6.5, TDK, Developer Tool Kit, Emulator
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