Windows Mobile is a compact operating system combinedwith a suite of basic applications for mobile devices based onthe Microsoft Win32 API. Devices that run Windows Mobileinclude Pocket PCs, Smartphones, Portable Media Centers,and on-board computers for certain automobiles. It isdesigned to be somewhat similar to desktop versions ofWindows, feature-wise and aesthetically. Additionally, third-party software development is available for Windows Mobile.
2.1 Hardware Pocket PC is a hardware specificationfor a handheld- sized computer. Smartphone is a mobile phone offeringadvanced capabilities, often withPC-like functionality
Portable Media Center was a devicethat focused on integration withMicrosofts Windows Media Center andWindows Media Player to allow users tocarry their media libraries with themon the go. Windows Mobile for Automotive is the name forMicrosofts operating system that facilitatesmultiple functions in automobiles includingcommunication, entertainment, informationsystems
We cannot use Windows Mobile with iPhone BlackBerry Phones made for Symbian Another phones or deviceswhich are not compatiblewith WMSummarize we can use Windows Mobile only withdevices which are designed for it!
2.2 Operating SystemsPocket PC 2000Features : Pocket Office Pocket InternetExplorer Windows Media PlayerPocket PC 2002New features:• Spell checker• MSN Messenger• Terminal Services
Windows Mobile 2003New features: Bluetooth support Pictures application withviewing cropping, e-mailsupport SMS replay options forPhone editionWindows Mobile 2003 SENew features: Portait and Landscapeswtiching for Pocket PC’s Wi-Fi Protected Access
Windows Mobile 5New features: New Office Mobile Photo Caller ID GPS support DirectShow support Picture and Video package Default QWERTY keyboardsupport
Windows Mobile 6.5New features: New Home screen Finger friendly New Menu Pocket Internet Explorer Windows Marketplacefor Mobile.Microsoft says that the first phones willbe available in the second half of2009.
Windows Mobile 7Officially Microsoft didn’tgive any information aboutWindows Mobile 7.Is this Windows Mobile 7???
2.3 Network Connectivity (Remote)› RAPI (Remote API)› VoIP
2.4 Security- Certificates (common credential)- Credential Manager (manages credential information)- Authentication services (for developers to authenticateclients - SSPI)- Cryptography (to distribute information in secret code)- Local Authentication Subsystem (For sophisticatedauthentication systems, such as biometrics)- Smart card subsystem (Provides a link between smart cardreader hardware and smart-card aware applications)
2.5 Performance- A lot more stable than Windows Mobile 5- Battery life: depends on running processes (average: 2-3days)- Fast, if the device itself meets all the requirements- Smooth interface- Overall, it’s a great improvement to Windows Mobile 5
2.6 Future possibilitiesMore user-friendly interfaceMore 3D graphicsNew kinds of Windows Mobiles devices
3.1 Development requirements What is needed to create a Windows Mobile application:1.Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition or above.With this interface you can author, debug and packageapplications for delivery.
3.1 Development requirements What is needed to create a Windows Mobile application:2.Windows Mobile SDK. It contains:- API header;- The library files to access Windows Mobile functionality;- Documentation;- Sample application projects;- Emulators.
3.1 Development requirements What is needed to create a Windows Mobile application:3. ActiveSync or Windows Mobile Device Center.To deploy the application to a device or to an emulator.Windows Vista uses Windows Mobile Device Center anddoesnt support ActiveSync. Windows XP needs to haveActiveSync dowloaded and installed.
3.2 IDE and Tools› Visual Studio 2005› Visual Studio 2008 Professional Standard (Express)
3.2 IDE and Tools
3.2 IDE and Tools
3.2 IDE and Tools› Native Code› Managed Code› Server-Side Code
3.3 Programming Language(s)Visual Studio is a complete suit to build applications for WindowsMobile devices. It allows the development in native codewith Visual C++ or managed code with Visual C#, VisualBasic. These three languages all use the same IDE whichallows tool sharing and the combination of them all. Only themanaged languages support the .NET Compact Framework.
3.3 Programming Language(s)Choosing a Programming Language:Visual C# and Visual BasicThe development tools for C# and Visual Basic .NET include a fully what-you-see-is-what-you-get user interface designer.Advantages:- Reliable and rapid application development;- Security and language interoperability;- C# is simple, powerful, type-safe, and object-oriented.
4.1 Advantages › Widely Supported› Lot of Documentation› Easy to Develop for› Advanced IDE
4.2 Limitations BlackBerry:Provides the ability to view threaded e-mail andmissed calls on one screen as part of the Inbox.Has a plastic holster that automatically shuts itoff when you insert it into it. This is done via asimple magnet in the holster.Windows Mobile:Does not have a similarfeature.Microsoft is slowly improvingthe latter.Symbian:The advantages are found mostly in thestability of the devices and the low energyconsumption.Stable & Low energy consumption:
4.2 Limitations biggest weakness:interface -------> the most to lose to iPhone and Palm biggest complaint:the number of steps it takes to perform a simple tasksuch as closing out of a program
4.3 Conclusion Windows Mobile: Is constantly improving; Is a challenge for developers (C++); Great IDE; Has great potential; Improved user interface.