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Smart Device Development

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

For information about using Visual Studio 2010 to create applications for Windows Phone OS 7.0, see Windows Phone Development and Silverlight for Windows Phone.

For Visual Studio 2008 mobile developers, Microsoft released the Windows Mobile 6.5 Developer Tool Kit, which works with the Windows Mobile 6 SDK.

Because Visual Studio 2010 does not support mobile application development for Windows Phone prior to Windows Phone OS 7.0, you cannot use the following features: .NET Compact Framework projects, Visual C++ device projects, smart device CAB projects, Device Emulator and Device Emulator Manager, testing tools for device projects, and Device Security Manager.

Mobile application development is still supported in earlier versions of Visual Studio, such as Visual Studio 2008. For more information about smart device projects, see Windows Mobile Developer Center and Smart Device Development in Visual Studio 2008

NoteNote

Visual Studio also supports a different kind of device development known as Mobile Web development with ASP.NET. Mobile Web development refers to the development of mobile Web applications that run on a Web server and are rendered in different formats on a variety of browser-equipped mobile devices. For more information about Mobile Web development, see ASP.NET Web Sites for Mobile Devices.

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