Microsoft’s Windows OS is just about anywhere from the stationary desktops and servers at home / office, moving on to the laptops, tablets and even right on the handset in your palm. For those of us who are familiar with Windows, it is but natural to feel very comfortable to use Windows Mobile applications in our daily lives. However, only select highly priced handsets running on Windows Mobile have been available in the markets till date, due to which application development has been sort of subdued when compared to apps that have been flooding the iPhone and Android app stores.
With the emergence of moderately priced smart-phones, especially with the newly formed Nokia-Microsoft collaboration and other such tie-ups expected in the future, a new trend in Windows Mobile phones and application development is slowly emerging. Nokia is trying to regain its lost-ground, while Microsoft is growing in the mobile markets rapidly. More and more Windows enthusiasts are looking to try out the latest features on these handsets that are ably supported by its applications. The comfortable look and feel of the Windows OS is now on their handheld devices, and with telecom operators offering high-speed, good quality and data-intensive services, mobile bills are bound to go awry. Developers are eager to not only try out the latest features of the our platform, but are competing with Android and iPhone app developers to deliver cutting edge solutions, be it the daily utility routines or advanced enterprise level apps.
Windows Mobile application development can be easily carried out using the standard set of development tools from Microsoft; the process being a cake-walk for developers who are familiar with Microsoft platform. Both online as well as standalone applications can be created using the Windows Mobile SDK, Visual Studio (Integrated Development Environment),.NET Compact Framework, and ActiveSync or Windows Mobile Device Center. Database solutions can be created by using the SQL Server Mobile Edition. The Windows Mobile application development process is not very different from creating conventional Web-based or desktop applications for PCs. While the SDK offers libraries, APIs, emulators, documentation and code samples, visual studio offers coding /debugging /testing and packaging facilities; the ActiveSync facilitate application deployment on the mobile interface or emulator.
There are a few major factors that are driving the adoption of Windows Mobile and Windows Mobile applications. The operating system comes from a reputed source, Microsoft, and is packed with the usual standard applications right from the Windows taskbar to Outlook mail client, Internet explorer browser, MS Office and the much-loved Windows Media Player. Both users and programmers are on a familiar territory, with standard environment, features that offer both security as well as ease of use. Existing popularity, flexibility, scalability and competitive edge of Microsoft products / support to deliver custom applications of high-quality, pretty much leverage the new trend in this application development.