Future of Windows Mobile platform
With rise of iOS, Android and Windows Phone platforms, plenty of mobile developers are starting to question the future of Windows Mobile platform. Is it gonna last or is it already dead??
To answer this question you have to look at following statement: All mobile platforms have their own advantages but also disadvantages. These predestine them for their use. I don’t want to go into deep details in this topic but the fact is that iOS, Android and Windows Phone platforms are targeting consumer end-users. Those are usually normal people that want to impress their friends with various crazy gadgets, funny games or other totally useless applications.
These platforms are good for certain stuff such as browsing internet, sms, calling and normal daily use of anyone of use. But when it comes to enterprise applications, the good old Windows Mobile is still a clear winner. Surprised? This was also confirmed by the research of Gartner, the most trusted and recognized research institution in the world, in February 2011 for instance.
When it comes to enterprise application development, the third party developers are usually heavily restricted by the architecture of Google, Apple and Microsoft (Windows Phone). The application’s file access is narrowed to only those applications that are associated with it. This helps the security but it limits lots of enterprise features such as the ability to work with internal radios to save battery life, battery information for better battery life management, ability to lock down or limit the user experience etc.
Android developers must often develop device driver and application extensions since the fragmentation does not occur in the API layer but in the application layer. Windows Mobile devices often have BAR code scanners, RFID readers, they are able to sustain high temperatures, pressure, some of them are water proof and resistant to sand and dusts.
Windows Mobile Development
Since Windows Mobile is not an open source platform, the development is often not easy. The standard .NET framework used for Windows Mobile development is called Compact Framework. However, the controls included in .NET Compact Framework are very basic. The developer often needs to do a lot of routine programming to develop a good looking and user-friendly interface for intuitive navigation. Developers thus often use 3rd party controls and components when dealing with Windows Mobile platform.
Resco MobileForms Toolkit
Resco is a leading vendor of controls, components and libraries for Windows Mobile platform. Resco has over 3,500 corporate mobile developer customers and over 12 years of experience in industry. The main product, Resco MobileForms Toolkit was designed to help create neatly looking and user friendly environment for corporate Windows Mobile end-users.
Take a brief look at Resco MobileForms Toolkit Windows Mobile Edition video showcase:
included in Resco MobileForms Toolkit Windows Mobile edition:
Most powerful control. You can absolutely freely design all rows in the list. This control will allow the end-user to select any row to display additional information. You can use smooth touch-scrolling and add any visual objects into the rows such as texts, images, hyperlinks, input text boxes, buttons, etc.
Also one of the most widely used controls. This advanced grid control is able to present a large amount of data in a neatly organized way. Touch scrolling is also absolutely smooth. The grid is interactive and the developer can add various objects into the cells to edit the data including: input text boxes, check boxes, drop-down lists, and others
With the help of this control, the user will be able to input data using: check boxes, radio buttons, drop down lists, text boxes, numeric UpDowns, date and time pickers and images. For better organization of the fields the user will be able to switch between screens using tabs.
This control is often being used instead of the native treeview, where the user can absolutely freely design all rows in the tree.
AdvancedComboBox and TouchComboBox
Drop down list controls with advanced graphic capabilities
Toolbar and TabControl
Presents items which can be represented by images or visual effects.
The TouchPanel is a container for various controls. Developer can even apply an image to the background. It supports the touch scrolling.
Suitable for quick notes or signatures.
KeyboardPro and CustomKeyboard
Original device keyboard and fully customizable keyboard suitable for comfortable user input.
LocationServices and GPS
Implements Google and Bing maps or manage the GPS location coordinates, position tracking and other functions.
Pie, Bar, Line, Doughnut and Area charts.
Formatted text displaying and editing (fonts, styles, alignment, color, bullets, numbering, hyperlinks, protected texts). Support for RTF files and plain text.
Displays different image upon user click. Various other properties.
Shows pop up dialog.
Label with transparent background.
Shortcut control can be divided into groups accessible through group buttons.
Progress bar tracking progress of any process. Various options such as colors, gradient, boarders, pictures, blocks…
Displays additional info for items that cannot be displayed due to lack of space.
Control for easy input of numbers.
Browse screen content. Ability to adjust arrows, thumbs and tracks or add letterbar.
Text box with support for rounded corners, additional buttons, image background and other features.
TouchRadioButton and TouchCheckBox
Edit box can be resized or you can put image or set color, alignment or transparent background.
Restricts user input to letters, capital letters or numbers. Allows password input.
Month and WeekCalendar
Customizable cells of days, hours. Supports images, gradient and other graphic capabilities.
DateTimePicker and TouchDateTimePicker
Select date, time or combination of both. Touch scrolling functionality allowed
Zoom, crop, rotate, invert colors, brightness, contrast, gamma correction…
Playing and recording sound (mp3, wav, ogg, spx, raf)
Access to mobile device’s call history database.
WebDAV client establishes connection with WebDAV server.
Compress and decompress files or folders.
Access to SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) card information.
Access to WiFi, Bluetooth and phone device.
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