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Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 is available for download now and introduces several new features for mobile developers.

New Features for Mobile Developers

  • Unit testing is now available to mobile developers
    • Developers have told us that testing mobile applications is time consuming and costly.  Visual Studio 2008 enables automated functional testing of managed code to reduce that burden.
  • Latest Device Emulator (version 3.0)
    • You can now automate testing scenarios in the device emulator allowing you to simulate real world changes in device state – signal dropoff, battery running dead etc
  • Latest .NET Compact Framework (version 3.5)
    • NET Compact Framework 3.5 introduces new features like LINQ as well as an implementation of the Windows Communication Foundation enabling device to device and device to server communication over the Exchange Activesync transport
  • Designer support for SQL Server 3.5 Compact Edition
    • You can now build SQL Server 3.5 Compact Edition applications using the Visual Studio 2008 designer experience

Supported Platforms

  • .NET Compact Framework 3.5
  • .NET Compact Framework 2.0
  • .NET Compact Framework 1.0 (projects will be upgraded to 2.0)
  • Windows Mobile 6 (by installing the Windows Mobile 6 SDK Refresh)
  • Windows Mobile 5.0
  • Pocket PC 2003 (managed and native code)
  • Smartphone 2003 (native code only)
  • Windows Embedded CE 6.0
  • Windows Embedded CE 5.0