Microsoft has officially announced the launch of a developer camp for it's upcoming Windows Mobile 6.5 platform. Much like Palm's recent Pre Development Camp, the upcoming events will include information on the new version of Microsoft's mobile OS and is meant to foster communication amongst developers. With recent talk from Microsoft about really stepping up it's game in the mobile market, this is definitely a step in the right direction to keep new ideas and feature-rich applications coming in.

According to the site, attendees to the camp will:

* Create new applications for the Windows Mobile Platform.
* Meet and work side-by-side with team members from the Microsoft Mobile Developer Experience team.
* Migrate existing mobile applications from the iPhone, Blackberry and Palm Pre to the Windows Mobile Platform.
* Create applications to support Windows Enterprise Applications.
* Test and optimize applications for Windows Mobile 6.5.

They also go on to describe the people who will be attending and the type of work that will be done with, "Attendees will include mobile developers, web developers, .Net Developers, UI designers, and testers, all working together. Development projects will include both solo and team efforts. While some attendees will wish to work solo during the event, we encourage attendees to team up, based on expertise, to work in ad-hoc project development teams. All attendees should be prepared to work on a development project during the event."

The first event will be held in Seattle on 8/19 and future events are planned in Austin, London, New York, San Francisco, and Singapore. Registration for the event is being handled by EventBrite and Microsoft has said they hope mobile developers will take the reigns and host their own events in other locations on the to be announced dates.

The official site is here.