Microsoft has unveiled Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition along with a Visual Studio 2005 technology preview and a series of programs to boost Visual Studio 2005.
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Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition focuses on enabling hardware innovation and application development.
The product adds support for dynamic screen-switching between landscape and portrait modes and square screen resolution support, which enables smaller devices with keyboards. Other features include VGA and QVGA that support high-resolution displays for Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs and Smartphones.
Hardware diversity in the product boosts creation of form factors by device makers, while platform consistency enables developers to reach a large addressable market with a single code base.
Additionally, the Windows Mobile Developer Resource Kit has been updated to create new applications and services based on the new software. Included in the kit are eight white papers focused on Windows Mobile development and new and updated code samples, Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition emulators, embedded Visual C++ 4.0 SP3, and Windows Mobile 2003 SDKs.
The Community Technical Preview version of Visual Studio 2005 includes Microsoft .net Compact Framework 2.0, which enables smart device development. Microsoft plans a series of pre-beta releases of Visual Studio 2005 to be distributed to target segments of the developer community.
Visual Studio 2005, which has been known as “Whidbey", is due in 2005. The VSLive show pertaining to Visual Studio also is being held this week.
Paul Krill writes for InfoWorld