Microsoft Adding Web Widgets to Windows Mobile 6.5

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Microsoft has announced that the version of Windows Mobile scheduled for release later this year will include support for a class of small web-oriented applications called widgets.

Sample Windows Mobile WidgetA post on the development team’s official blog from Jorge Peraza confirmed the earlier rumors of Windows Mobile Widgets.

As Peraza described them:

A good way to think of a Windows Mobile Widget is as a “Portable chunk of the web” or just basically a rich internet application.  Widgets are written using all the web technologies we know and love (HTML, CSS, AJAX, JavaScript) and, since they are powered under the covers by our new internet browser, they have full access to flash and other ActiveX controls available on the device (Like MediaPlayer).

The interesting thing about our Widget Platform is that it allows them to look and feel, to the end user, as a normal standalone application does; they have their own start menu icon, they show up as an individual apps in task manager and, most importantly, they have full control of the SK menu bar as any other application would (just easier J).

Peraza  also said that Windows Mobile Widgets will be in compliance with the emerging W3C standard for mobile widget applications.

Windows Mobile More about Windows Mobile 6.5
The next version of Microsoft’s operating system for high-end phones isn’t a major upgrade, but it will include significant changes to its appearance.

It will be more fingertip friendly, with many on-screen elements enlarged so users can select them without a stylus. Windows Mobile 6.5 will also have more of a focus on consumers, as the Today Screen has been modified to include items like a music player and photo viewer.

An overview of the changes can be found in this article: Windows Mobile 6.5 Is Official, but Not Coming Soon

Source: Microsoft

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