Mobile In The Hand

Mobile In The Hand is a set of APIs for Windows Mobile and Windows Embedded powered handheld devices for .NET Compact Framework 3.5 and later. It provides a superset of the Windows Mobile 6 managed APIs along with functionality from the full .NET framework which is missing in the Compact Framework. It also brings a number of Visual Basic features from the desktop framework to the Compact Framework such as “My” language extensions. The Professional Edition adds XML Configuration templates and schema support to Visual Studio.


The functionality is broken down into a number of assemblies which are deployed automatically through Visual Studio 2005 or 2008. Each library is predominantly modelled on either existing .NET 4.0 APIs or Windows Mobile or Windows Phone APIs. A detailed list of functionality arranged by assembly is available here. Read more about deployment.

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Documentation – Is available in the online library.


  • Windows Mobile: Windows Mobile 5.0 and later
  • Windows Embedded: Windows CE.NET 4.1, Windows CE 5.0, Windows Embedded CE 6.0, Windows Embedded Compact 7, Windows Embedded Compact 2013, Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5
  • All the above use .NET Compact Framework 3.5 and Visual Studio 2005 and 2008.
  • Windows Embedded Compact 2013 and Visual Studio 2013

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