Mike Anderson

I have a Windows Mobile V5.0-based PDA/phone.

A number of years ago I wrote a killer application (OK, it's just a video poker game) for my laptop in the form of a Java Applet. I have a little .html procedure that kicks it off.

Windows Mobile includes a version of Internet Explorer. I haven't used it, because I haven't subscribed to web access through my mobile service provider.

I was wondering if there is a way I could use Internet Explorer on my PDA to run my Java Applet. I understand there might be a bunch of issues related to making the game fit on my display. But I just wondered if it is supported at all. And, if it is supported, what do I need to do to kick it off


Re: Smart Devices General Can a Java Applet be run on a PDA with Windows Mobile 5.0?

Christopher Fairbairn


To my knowledge there is no standardised java runtime environment on the Windows Mobile platform. Some devices do support running Java Midlets etc, but this support is implemented using third party applications (typically installed by a device's OEM) running on top of the generic Windows Mobile platform.

As such the support and functionality you can expect will depend upon the particular devices you are targeting and which JRE they have chosen to install.

Hope this helps,

Christopher Fairbairn

Re: Smart Devices General Can a Java Applet be run on a PDA with Windows Mobile 5.0?

Zero Dai - MSFT

Hi Mike,

In addition:

As far as I know, there's a JVM called "Esmertec Jbed CDC" (J2ME CEC Personal Profile 1.0 compatible), which can be running on most Windows Mobile Pocket PC devices.


Hope this can help,

Zero Dai - MSFT

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Re: Smart Devices General Can a Java Applet be run on a PDA with Windows Mobile 5.0?

S Mukherjee

Hello folks ! I am still wondering why the latest PDA devices manufacturers aren't bothered to install the right Java runtime firmware so that the standard applet based websites and web apps can function smoothly on a PDA device. I got an HTC P3400 which has serious trouble with a few secure sites whereas the same sites could be flawlessly opened in another PDA. This shows the non stardardization of the Java platform on a PDA till date. Quite disappointing anyway.