No Support for Windows Mobile 6.X Development in Visual Studio 2010 ??…

Recently, I was trying to develop a smart device application in Visual Studio 2010 and found that the template to create them were missing in Visual Studio 2010.

Then with lots of search in Google, I found an interesting article in MSDN that states the following.

Visual Studio 2010 does not support mobile application development for versions of Windows Phone prior to Windows Phone OS 7.0.

The article also goes on explaining on saying that Visual Studio 2010 supports only Windows Phone 7 development with the right tools/sdk installed on it.

Check my following blog posts on the Windows Phone 7 CTP Tools.

  1. Windows Phone Developer Tools ( CTP ) Released
  2. Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools can now work with Visual Studio 2010 Final Release
  3. My First Windows Phone 7 Application

I also noticed that Visual Studio 2010 supports to migrate VS2008 project to VS2010. But this looks odd for the Smart Device Development (Compact Framework ) .

It looks like the developers who are interested in developing applications for Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7 have to use different versions of IDE (Visual Studio 2005/2008 for Windows Mobile and Visual Studio 2010 for Windows Phone 7 Applications).

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