mocoNews - Microsoft Quietly Launches Developer Kit For Windows Mobile 6.5 With New Gesture Features

Tricia Duryee
Wednesday, June 3, 2009; 9:00 PM

Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) released the Windows Mobile 6.5 tool kit today, which provides all the necessary code to enable developers to build applications based on the latest operating system.

Microsoft said in a brief description on the tool kit's web page that it includes a new set of APIs that "enable application developers to take advantage of the new Windows Mobile 6.5 touch gesture framework." When Microsoft announced 6.5 at Mobile World Congress in February, it said the user interface will be more thumb-friendly, meaning that a person can scroll around with a finger, rather than having to use a more fine-tipped stylus.

Microsoft's Windows Mobile Developer Team announced the tool kit in a Twitter message today saying: "Alright! here it is! The Windows Mobile 6.5 Developer Tool Kit. Supports 6 languages!" The quiet unveiling is in complete contrast to Apple (NSDQ: AAPL), which considers an new operating system or tool kit release to be a major press event. Presumably, Microsoft will be more proactive at getting the word out over the next couple months, and will attempt to woo developers to create apps in time for Windows Mobile 6.5. New phones are expected out later this year at which point Microsoft will launch its app store called Windows Marketplace.


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