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Visual Studio 2010 and Smart Devices

The beta 1 of the promising (indeed .NET 4.0 and WPF inside VS itself) Visual Studio 2010 is now out ! I’m currently downloading it by the way. I browsed through the web trying to find what is new in this version…and I find a terrible answser : the support for smart device projects is completely dropped in Visual Studio 2010.  That means there is no .NET CF, no smart device projects  (in managed or native format),… And I haven’t dreamed because it is written black on white here : http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/sa69he4t(VS.100).aspx

And it appears that even the final version of VS2010 will not support the smart device developpement. Oh well ! It is only written :

However, smart device development is still supported in earlier versions of Visual Studio, such as Visual Studio 2008

I’m not stup** and I’m sure Microsoft CANNOT give up the support for smart devices. I’m pretty sure there is a visual studio for Mobile that is currently in the pipeline but they haven’t said anything about it. Hope that it will be free (just like express editions) or at a reasonnable price (yes visual studio 2010 for pc apps plus the VS mobile for pocket pc would be a lot more expensive than the current solution with VS2008 :/). I hope also that you could get the new IDE without subscribing automatically to the marketplace…

Since WM 6.5 will be really similar to the existing WM6, I think we will stick with VS2008 and .NET 3.5 and we will see the new IDE with WM7 and .NET CF 4.0…but again we don’t know anything yet…Please Microsoft tell us more !

EDIT July 2011 : .NET Compact Framework 3.7 is in Windows Phone 7.

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