Windows Mobile 6.5 SDK: Here yesterday, gone today

Windows Mobile 6.5 SDK: Here yesterday, gone today

Summary: Microsoft posted to the Microsoft Download Center a Windows Mobile 6.5 software development kit (SDK) on January 22. Shortly afterward, the company pulled the SDK. There are reports that Microsoft may have pulled back because the downloadable SDK included the Windows Mobile 6.5.3 bits.

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Microsoft posted to the Microsoft Download Center a Windows Mobile 6.5 software development kit (SDK) on January 22. Shortly afterward, the company pulled the SDK.

There are reports that Microsoft may have pulled back because the downloadable SDK included the Windows Mobile 6.5.3 bits. WM 6.5.3 is an interim version of Windows Mobile that's been circulating privately for a couple of months. Microsoft officials haven't made any public pronouncements about WM 6.5.3. But according to bloggers bck in December, WM 6.5.3 adds support for “touchable tiles” instead of soft keys. (According to an entry on Wikipedia, the 6.5.3 update also might add more gesture support, a revamped address book and new start menu placement.)

There has been talk that Microsoft is planning to deliver a version of Windows Mobile prior to 7.0 that would add full support for capacitive screen phones, but, again, no company officials have confirmed this publicly. (Some have referred to this capacitive release as WM 6.6 or 6.7. But maybe it's 6.5.3...)

I've asked Microsoft officials why the WM 6.5 SDK was pulled and when it might be back. If and when I hear back, I'll update this post.

Update: A Microsoft spokesperson just provided the following update via e-mail. From the mail, it sounds like MIcrosoft jumped the gun and inadvertently posted a beta of a 6.5.3 SDK:

"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 any inconvenience."

I understand Microsoft wants to maintain an element of surprise about its WM offerings and strategy. But at this point, it seems Redmond's confusing signals and unwillingness to provide guidance and information regarding its WM roadmap may be doing more harm than good...

Topics: Mobile OS, Hardware, Microsoft, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software, Wi-Fi, Windows

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Should I uninstall?

    Since I downloaded and installed this sdk and have been using it in Visual Studio (no problems so far), it would be good to know why they have actually pulled it - is it technical or political, and if I should roll back to the previous version of the SDK...
    ian@...
    • roll back

      ... or start to develope for successful mobile platforms.
      bannedfromzdnetagain
      • Think before you post

        If you are not going to answer someones question then just do not respond.
        Djblois
      • hehe

        that's hilarious elllroy - though I can't say I am disappointed from the revenue I make off WinMo ;-)
        ian@...
  • MS is floundering in the dark with WM.

    That much is obvious.
    No_Ax_to_Grind
    • Or...

      Either they are floundering or they have something really competitive in the works. At this point they had better have something great or even the most faithful will go elsewhere - many already have! In reality it probably is not too late for them. But if they don't just throw in the towel and do try to compete, the bar continues to get higher and higher.
      who_r_u_to_say
    • Why? Because they haven't said anything?

      Works fine for Apple. I'm guessing you'll be here on Wednesday to see what the big Apple anouncement is...
      John Zern
  • Just like WinBlobile

    "here today, gone tommorrow"!!!!

    Android Rocks!
    Ron Bergundy
    • Seriously?

      Do you really think Android rocks? I've looked at what's out there and as much as I want to like it I just don't find it to be as smooth as the iPhone. And I WANT to see Microsoft come out with something great. And then Apple or Anroid (or other?) one-up them, etc.

      I would say "competition rocks!"
      who_r_u_to_say
    • Really

      Can Android allow me to run .NET Apps (direct support, don't show me the third party experimental stuff)?
      Can I install Java ME/Midlets stuff without retouching the codebase to ADK?
      Can I develop and write code that is not utilizing ADK at all like in C or C++ or any other third party scripts like MortScript on Android?

      Guess what Windows Mobile does all of those.

      ==Ram==
      Ram U