If you just want to try Communicator Mobile 2.0 without installing it on your Windows Mobile device, you can use a device emulator running on your desktop computer (or even running the emulator in a Virtual PC on your desktop machine J). This guide will instruct you, how to install all required components and also includes all download links. It was tested on a physical Windows Vista SP1 32-Bit and 64-Bit, Virtual Windows Vista SP1 32-Bit and Virtual Windows XP SP3 32 Bit.
To set up a virtual Mobile environment, you will have to install the following components:
- Virtual PC 2007
- Active Sync
- Microsoft Device Emulator 3.0
- Windows Mobile 6.1 Emulator Images
- Communicator Mobile 2.0
Of course, you can also use older version of Windows Mobile (Communicator Mobile is supported on Windows Mobile 5, Windows Mobile 6 and Windows Mobile 6.1), but this might also be a good opportunity to test the latest Windows Mobile release.
If you want to develop software for Windows Mobile, you should also install Visual Studio. The free Visual Studio 2008 Express is available at http://www.microsoft.com/express/default.aspx