Windows Mobile 6 SDK is not out!

Looks like you can now download the new SDK for Windows Mobile 6 Standard (Smartphone) as well as for Windows Mobile 6 Professional (PPC Mobile). I reckon the new names are far too long. Looks like they were prematurely uploaded.

But from what I’ve read, the next version of Windows Mobile will combine the features of both the Smartphone and the PPC, rather than having two seperate versions. So perhaps the current naming is just a step in the path of what’s to come?

Haven’t had a look at them yet, but for a rundown of what’s new, check out the MSDN article.

The great news from my perspective as a mobile application developer is that .NET CF 2.0 as well as SQL Server Mobile 2005 will come preloaded in the device ROM. Which means less things to install for end users.

From the MSDN article, we also learn that there’s also a new Fake GPS utility for the Emulator so you can test out the GPS features in your apps. In addition to a brand new cellular emulator to enable testing of the incoming call, incoming SMS, dropped calls and dropped data connectivity scenarios. That’s more good news for developers!

I wonder if that’s really just an extension to the “bounce back” feature we had previously? Eg: Call +14250010001 in your emulator, and you’ll get a call connected. And if you send an SMS to that same number, you’ll get a new SMS in your Inbox from that number.

And another interesting feature from that article is a Inking API (a lightweight version of what’s available for the Tablet PC).

From all the new Windows Mobile based devices I’ve seen over on Engadget Mobile (as well as several other websites/blogs) over the past year I think this year and beyond are only going to get bigger for the Windows Mobile based industry. There seems to be several new devices from manufacturers including HTC, Toshiba, LG, Gigabyte, ASUS and probably a few others I haven’t mentioned.

Looking at all the new mobile devices makes my i-mate SP5 start to look a little dated now…