Windows Mobile 5 Emulator and .bin file Images from the tour

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Damir and I are in the process of personally reviewing each and every feedback and comment you provided to us through the evaluations. Yup - we said we reviewed them and we aren't joking. Our plan is to have the bulk of the questions addressed in a subsequent blog post or two (three, four …)

One of the pressing questions from a LARGE percentage of you is "how do I get a copy of that wicked emulator so I can demo and try out the functionality of AKU 2 (Adaption Kit Update) / MSFP (Messaging Security Feature Pack) in my environment?"  Here's the answer.

The easiest way is to have a copy of Visual Studio 2005 Development Suite which includes the device emulator and then download a copy of the Windows Mobile 5.0 Developer resource Kit. You can launch the device emulator and point to the .BIN file of the Windows Mobile 5 PocketPC or SmartPhone device and you are set to go as if you had a real device in your hands.

Don't have VS 2005? As an alternative, you can download a Beta of the device emulator preview (which I loaded and used on the tour) and use the .BIN files from the above mentioned Mobile Device developer kit.

The Links / URLS to get these?
The Mobile Developer Centre / Tools and Download page:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/mobility/windowsmobile/downloads/default.aspx#wm05
Windows Mobile 5 SDK for Pocket PC:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=83a52af2-f524-4ec5-9155-717cbe5d25ed&displaylang=en
Windows Mobile 5 SDK for SmartPhone:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=dc6c00cb-738a-4b97-8910-5cd29ab5f8d9&displaylang=en
The Microsoft Device Emulator 1.0 Community Preview:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/mobility/windowsmobile/downloads/emulatorpreview/default.aspx

How do you get it to work? Install the SDk of your choice, find the .BIN files.  Launch the device emulator and select the bin file to launch.  Presto Chango – you have your AKU2 Mobile 5 device.  Need a command line instead to auto launch?  "DeviceEmulator.exe /memsize 128 {fullpath to .bin file}".  Only part that is left is to get your exchange environment working with Outlook Web Access and Active Sync – both secured with SSL… Need help with this? Stay tuned for more posts on this subject…

I have to get back to work - I have a few hundred more comments to read. :)

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