Microsoft will today make the developer's kit for its Pocket PC platform available free of charge on its website.
In an attempt to lure developers away from the rival Palm operating system, Microsoft is making the developer's kit free and opening the application programming interfaces (APIs) for Pocket PC. The company expects more than 1,000 Pocket PC applications to appear within the next three months.
Pocket PC is the latest version of Microsoft's Windows CE handheld operating system, which launched on 19 April along with four devices based on the platform from Compaq, Casio, Hewlett Packard and Symbol.
Adam Anger, Microsoft mobile device business manager, said: "We have removed any requirement for an add-on development tool on top of Visual Basic or C++, which is what developers needed for Windows CE."
The kit will be available at www.microsoft.com/windows/embedded
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