Windows CE 5.0 Application Developer – What are the options?

I posted recently about the release of Visual Studio 2005 and that you need the Professional version to develop native or managed applications for Windows CE 5.0 (or Windows Mobile 5.0) devices.

So what are the options for application developers using/targeting Windows CE 5.0 ?

  • Platform Builder – C/C++ Win32 applications and DLL’s (DLL’s can be drivers) – free evaluation kit, or $995 for the full product (available through distributors)

  • eMbedded Visual C++ 4.0 SP4 – Win32, C/C++ applications and DLL’s, and MFC/ATL support – this is a free download from MSDN

  • Visual Studio 2003 – Managed application development using C#/VB against the .NET Compact Framework 1.0 (not free)

  • Visual Studio 2005 – Native Win32, MFC, ATL, STL, WTL application/DLL development, AND Managed application development (C#/VB) using the .NET Compact Framework 2.0 (not free)

– Mike


Comments (3)

  1. MSDN Archive says:

    Students can get a free license of Visual Studio PRO through the MSDNAA program if their school particpates or theough theSpoke premium for $25

  2. Peter Foot says:

    From Visual Studio 2005 you can use the Standard Edition to do device development (Native + Managed). This is changed from VS2003 where Professional Edition was the lowest edition you could use for device development.


  3. Jani says:

    2005 doesn’t seem to be a very good option, because it’s missing the emulator for CEs 🙁 And finding info about how to obtain it, or when it will be available is like trying to find the Holy Grail..