Trolltech’s Qt cross-platform development framework is adding support for Microsoft’s Windows CE operating system, meaning that applications developed using Qt on Windows, MacOS X, and Linux desktop and embedded platforms can now be easily deployed to a range of mobile devices running on the Windows CE and Windows Mobile operating systems.
Qt for Windows CE enables developers to write rich, easy-to-use, platform-independent applications, using the Qt API. Qt provides developers with a single API that works on a wide number of Microsoft Windows platforms, ranging from Windows 98 to Windows Vista to Windows CE and Windows Mobile.
The company says that rather than spending time rewriting their application for new platforms, developers are free to focus on value-adding innovations that can differentiate the user experience of their product.
The Windows CE version of Qt includes all the functions needed for end-to-end application development, and provides integrated developer tools, such as a graphical user interface (GUI) and forms builder and features for translation of applications into new languages.
Companies that build similar devices running both embedded Linux and Windows CE can use Qt to create one application for deployment across both device types. Applications built with Qt on the desktop can now be extended to run on a variety of Windows CE-based devices such as tablets, mobile phones, and other mobile devices.
Qt for Windows CE integrates Scalable Vector Graphics drawings with full support for multiple displays and supports OpenGL ES. It comes with Qt GraphicsView, a 2D graphics canvas that enables the creation of interactive applications that can handle thousands of 2D graphics objects. Qt Style Sheets customizes the look and feel of applications without changing the code enabling easy differentiation of the user interface with minimal efforts.
Qt includes a wide range of components needed to build rich and complex user interfaces, including data-aware item views, offering a high degree of customization. Qt for Windows CE is also integrated with Visual Studio 2005, and Visual Studio 2008 support is planned for the upcoming Qt version 4.4 release.
Qt for Windows CE will be available as part of the upcoming Qt 4.4 release, which is scheduled to be released in May.