Microsoft drops support for Windows Mobile 6.X in Visual Studio 2010, Windows Phone 7 coming soon


This is a sign that emphasize the fact that Windows Mobile 6.X on the way out: Microsoft has announced that the recently released (yesterday) Visual Studio 2010 does not support development for versions of Windows Phone prior to Windows Phone OS 7.0:

For Visual Studio 2008 mobile developers, Microsoft released the Windows Mobile 6.5 Developer Tool Kit, which works with the Windows Mobile 6 SDK.

Because Visual Studio 2010 does not support mobile application development for Windows Phone prior to Windows Phone OS 7.0, you cannot use the following features: .NET Compact Framework projects, Visual C++ device projects, smart device CAB projects, Device Emulator and Device Emulator Manager, testing tools for device projects, and Device Security Manager.

Mobile application development is still supported in earlier versions of Visual Studio, such as Visual Studio 2008.

Speaking of Windows Phone 7 support: Microsoft is also warning developers that the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP (WPDT CTP) released last month is not compatible with the retail (RTM) release of Visual Studio 2010 because the WPDT CTP was based on the RC of VS2010:

If you install the retail (RTM) release of Visual Studio 2010 on the same machine on which you already have the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP, you will be unable to build your Windows Phone projects. Further, while the Windows Phone project type will continue to appear in the File/New dialog, you will not be able to build Windows Phone 7 applications.

So what can you do in the meantime? To use the retail version of Visual Studio 2010 while retaining the ability to use the WPDT CTP, you can

•Install Visual Studio 2010 to a VPC image
•Install Visual Studio 2010 on another machine
Specific Notes:

•Installing the WPDT CTP to a VPC image is not supported.
•The installer for WPDT CTP will prevent you from installing on a machine on which you have already installed the RTM version Visual Studio 2010.
•Installing retail Visual Studio 2010 on a machine with the WPDT CTP already installed will result in a successful install of Visual Studio 2010, however, creating or opening Windows Phone Developer Tools Projects will not work.

Final support is expected in the coming weeks (hopefully with an updated version of the WPDT too).

  • p3ngwin

    so what happened to microsoft claiming that Winmo 6 and winmo 7 would live together performing in different segments?

    now VS 2010 doesn’t support below winmo 7. how is that confirming that winmo 6 is going to live alongside winmo 7 ? (answer: it doesn’t).

    microsoft had a mess of a mobile OS before, and is now scrapping it all to make a new one that follows Apple’s restrictive model, right down to the defined hardware.

    sorry, Apple are screwing up and Microsoft thinks Apple is doing a good enough thing to follow? great, so it’s up to the other mobile OS’s to innovate and enable consumers without restrictions.

    that is the point of tools like mobile devices isn’t it: to enable the user?

  • p3ngwin

    so what happened to microsoft claiming that Winmo 6 and winmo 7 would live together performing in different segments?

    now VS 2010 doesn’t support below winmo 7. how is that confirming that winmo 6 is going to live alongside winmo 7 ? (answer: it doesn’t).

    microsoft had a mess of a mobile OS before, and is now scrapping it all to make a new one that follows Apple’s restrictive model, right down to the defined hardware.

    sorry, Apple are screwing up and Microsoft thinks Apple is doing a good enough thing to follow? great, so it’s up to the other mobile OS’s to innovate and enable consumers without restrictions.

    that is the point of tools like mobile devices isn’t it: to enable the user?

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com/tips-contact/ M. Daou

    The bigger mess is IMO how the heck are they going to market Kin alongside WP7? I’m not saying that Kin is a bad product just that it seems like nonsense next to WP7.
    Droping WM6.X from VS2010 is a no brainer IMO. love it or hate it but MS is really pushing hard behind WinMo this time. This is what everybody was wishing for these past years. Sure WP7 is far from perfect but MS is finally backing up its mobile division after letting it die for so long.Let’s all hope the they start to roll out OTA updates soon after launch.

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com/tips-contact/ M. Daou

    The bigger mess is IMO how the heck are they going to market Kin alongside WP7? I’m not saying that Kin is a bad product just that it seems like nonsense next to WP7.
    Droping WM6.X from VS2010 is a no brainer IMO. love it or hate it but MS is really pushing hard behind WinMo this time. This is what everybody was wishing for these past years. Sure WP7 is far from perfect but MS is finally backing up its mobile division after letting it die for so long.Let’s all hope the they start to roll out OTA updates soon after launch.

  • murani

    The Kin is for people who want to be socially connected but also lack the money to pay for phones themselves and their plans. Microsoft needs to appeal to kids and come in at a low (nearly free, no more than $50) and a reduced data plan rate specifically tied to the Kin devices. Verizon has enough customers to really push the product out into the hands of teens.

    With the first round of updates (probably by end of 2010) WP7 will add some nice features and hopefully access to private APIs that will allow developers to really bring dynamic apps and games to the platform.

  • murani

    The Kin is for people who want to be socially connected but also lack the money to pay for phones themselves and their plans. Microsoft needs to appeal to kids and come in at a low (nearly free, no more than $50) and a reduced data plan rate specifically tied to the Kin devices. Verizon has enough customers to really push the product out into the hands of teens.

    With the first round of updates (probably by end of 2010) WP7 will add some nice features and hopefully access to private APIs that will allow developers to really bring dynamic apps and games to the platform.