Software developers can begin developing applications for the next generation of smartphones based on Microsoft operating software, with a software development kit (SDK) for Windows Mobile 2003-based Smartphones.
Like Windows Mobile 2003-based Pocket PCs, Smartphone 2003 devices will run software based on Windows CE .net 4.2.
The SDK includes support for the Microsoft Visual Studio .net 2003 integrated development environment and the .net Compact Framework, which will be built into the Rom of Windows Mobile 2003-based Smartphones.
The framework includes support for XML web services, and allows developers to create applications which will run across a range of platforms.
Also in the SDK is an improved emulator which allows testing of radio functions in mobile applications on a host PC.
Other features include support for Microsoft's Game application programming interface and support for a security feature that prompts users for their approval before they install or run an application.
The SDK can be installed on systems running Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 or Windows XP, and can be downloaded from Microsoft's developer website at www.msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/downloads/list/mobilesmart.asp
Peter Sayer writes for IDG News Service