Many portable Windows-based devices such as Pocket PCs and mobile phones run older versions of the Windows Mobile operating system such as Windows Mobile 5.0, because it is up to the manufacturers of these devices to decide whether it is in their interest to test and release operating system updates---and many do not. Therefore, if you develop software for Windows Mobile, it may be in your best interest to make sure that your applications work in Windows Mobile 5.0. Microsoft makes the Software Development Kit (SDK) for Windows Mobile 5.0 available free of charge. The Windows Mobile 5.0 SDK allows developers to test their applications in a virtual environment and confirm that they work properly before releasing them to the public.
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Things you need
- Microsoft Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP
- Microsoft Visual Studio 2005
- Microsoft ActiveSync
Open a Web browser and navigate to the download page for the Windows Mobile 5.0 SDK (see "Resources"). Click the grey "Download" button in the blue frame near the top of the page. After a moment, a download window appears. Save the Windows Mobile 5.0 SDK to the desktop.
Double-click the file "Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC SDK.msi" on the desktop when the download is complete.
Click "Next" when the Windows Mobile 5.0 SDK installation wizard appears.
Read the terms outlined in the end user license agreement for the Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC SDK. To continue installation, select the radio button labelled "Accept" and then click "Next."
Enter your name, and if applicable, the name of the company that you work for. Click "Next."
Click the "Next" button to install the Windows Mobile 5.0 SDK in the default folder, or click the "Change" button if you would like to select a different folder.
Click the "Install" button to install the Windows Mobile 5.0 SDK to the folder you selected.
Click the "Finish" button when the installation is complete.
Tips and warnings
- The Windows Mobile 5.0 SDK requires Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 to function as a true software development environment. Visual Studio 2005 is a commercial software product and is not available free. However, the other prerequisite for running the Windows Mobile 5.0 SDK--ActiveSync--is free (see "Resources").
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