Microsoft recently delivered an updated Windows Mobile 6.5 Software Development Kit and then apparently pulled it not long after, citing plans for further testing.
Microsoft recently delivered an updated Windows Mobile 6.5 Software
Development Kit and then apparently pulled it not long after.
On Jan. 22, Microsoft made the Windows Mobile 6.5 SDK available for
download, but the company later ended access to the download. According to some
reports, this may have been because the SDK included Windows
Mobile 6.5.3 bits.
According to Softpedia:
"This is one nice surprise for
Windows Mobile enthusiasts out there. After a long list of
rumors, scattered appearances and leaked builds, the Windows Mobile 6.5.3 flavor of Microsoft's mobile
operating system has been released into the wild. The Redmond-based company has
made available for download the Windows Mobile 6.5 Software Development Kit a
few days ago, which actually brought around emulator images of Windows Mobile
6.5.3, it seems."
issued a statement
on its pulling the SDK, confirming that it had been for
an updated version of the Windows Mobile operating system:
"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
and will be reposted once final testing has been conducted. We apologize for
Microsoft released Windows Mobile 6.5 to manufacturing in summer 2009 and
the first phones running the operating system appeared in October.
In July, Microsoft released a Windows
Mobile Developer Toolkit
that included "Emulator Images, Gesture APIs
and Samples for Windows Mobile 6.5."
According to an overview of the Windows Mobile 6.5 tool kit on Microsoft's
Website, "The Windows Mobile 6.5 Developer Tool Kit adds documentation,
sample code, header and library files, [and] emulator images and tools to
Visual Studio that let you build applications for Windows Mobile 6.5."
Moreover, "A new set of APIs is being introduced that will enable
application developers to take advantage of the new Windows Mobile 6.5 touch
gesture framework," the Microsoft documentation said. "The gesture
APIs allow an application to handle touch gesture input and provide a visually
consistent experience with the rest of the device UI [user interface]. Note
that the gesture APIs are only available on the Windows Mobile Classic and
At the upcoming Mobile
event, scheduled for Feb. 15 to 18 in Barcelona,
Spain, Microsoft is
expected to introduce a new version of Windows Mobile, perhaps Windows Mobile
6.5.3. Microsoft also is expected to deliver some information about Windows
Mobile 7, a much-anticipated major revision of the operating system that is
expected to boost Microsoft's presence in the mobile space.