Windows Phone 7 App Development

WP7 Emulator

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I’ve been using the WP7 Emulator for a while now and its pretty useful.  It starts up quickly and on my dev machine is pretty responsive.  The Emulator is pretty limited in its functionality though – I wanted to test a send email code fragment but was unable to do so as it is not possible to set up email accounts.

A couple of useful bits of information though:

1. Press PgUp to use the dev machine keyboard for input – it’s much quicker and far more convenient than pecking around on the Emulator keyboard.

2. Download an unlocked copy of the Emulator for a richer UX.  However it takes around 2x to boot as the standard Emulator and still does not allow me to set up an email account; it does however let you test an application within the wider phone UI context.

I have both the official Emulator and the unlocked Emulator in the same directory.  I can then simply rename the one I want to use and its kicked off when I run my application in VS2010.

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Windows Phone\v7.0\Emulation\Images

There are various blogs that explain how to unlock the Emulator but if all your after is the binary then I downloaded mine from here:

I was a bit dubious about the site to start with but it works (I don’t have an account and just took the time hit on it downloading slowly).


Written by metadevblog

March 15, 2011 at 8:36 am

Posted in WP7

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