Where are the Windows Mobile 6 SDKs?
Since we announced Windows Mobile 6 at 3GSM last Monday, a couple of people have asked me "where are the Windows Mobile 6 SDKs?". The good news is that for most developers, their existing Windows Mobile 5.0 application will just work on Windows Mobile 6* and you can use the Windows Mobile 5.0 SDK to build your Windows Mobile 6 applications. Of course, smart developers will want to test their applications on Windows Mobile 6 before they say they support Windows Mobile 6 and the easiest way to do that is using a Windows Mobile 6 emulator image! Where are the emulator images? In the Windows Mobile 6 SDK of course! So that brings us back to the original question, when can you get hold of the Windows Mobile 6 SDKs?
The answer : March 1st
# re: Where are the Windows Mobile 6 SDKs?
Is there anything "wrong" with the SDK if you downloaded it while it was published : No, if you have that SDK installed it should be fine. I’ll post back here if the version that’s posted on 3/1 is different than the one you have now.
If the SDK is ready, why isn’t it published now : We have a commitment to the Microsoft Partner Program members to deliver the SDK early. It’s available to MSPP partners today and will be available to everyone on 3/1.
When are devices available : See the 3GSM press release, it says by the 2nd quarter of 07. (Link : http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2007/Feb07/02-11WM6SoftwarePR.mspx)
Exhaustive list of "things to do to be a well written app" : I’m doing a presentation at MEDC with our app compat PM to cover this topic. The list I gave here is a good start. My other tips are 1) Avoid coding direct to specific hardware. If your code has branches for specific devices it’s going to be hard to get it to run across many different devices. I see this around keyboards, screens and bluetooth/wifi, 2) Don’t code to particular screen resolutions, make your app adapt to the screen it finds itself on.
Refresh SDK for April 1st (subject to change!) : Should include an updated set of docs, will link out to a couple of Line Of Business app dev resources, includes a new Smartphone Landscape emulator, new emulator images based on our latest code base which will support basic AJAX applications