Windows Phone 7 Series Emulator Available

Today, Microsoft made available the Windows Phone 7 Series Emulator which allows those desperate to get their hands on the Phone OS, a preview into what the OS will be like. Long Zheng has been posting the features to his website in the form of summary videos that show off some of the available features.

The emulator is primarily designed for testing your WP7S series applications, as it is a part of the Developer kit, but is an interesting look into the OS as it's not currently available to play with. The download weighs in at 75MB, and requires Windows 7 or Windows Vista to run. It's available now over at the Microsoft Download Center.

Other interesting details have been coming out of the MIX10 conference today, with videos detailing the Microsoft Office experience, texting, and the music hub in action.

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MS may be late to the party with this phone but man they are bringing a super hot chick. Way better than what they have been bringing.

CyberWolf said,
MS may be late to the party with this phone but man they are bringing a super hot chick. Way better than what they have been bringing.

Yeah, WP7 looks VERY promising... I can't wait to get a device running it. And finally, because Microsoft has hardware guidelines, we won't have to worry about phones being underpowered... YAY!

Still, it's no more crippled than RIM's simulators (also aimed at developers); in fact, it's at least as useful (considering I'm posting from it right now). So it's certainly usable as a phake mobile browser; just not as a phake phone.

badldragon said,
Directx 10 required? Maybe time I stepped out of the noughties and upgraded my comp?
Well, the phones themselfs will have a DX9 compatible GPU at the min, a DX10 GPU on a phone would be something though.

martinDTanderson said,
Someone has dumped the ROM from the emulator, and I think its all in there, just not activated

I don't think it will be usuable on Hardware.

david said,
I get an error after I double click the installer.

What's the error? I would Bing it and see what it says... Or check Microsoft's KB...

It's definately at CTP level - a great accomplishment in its own right, and shows alot of promise, but the framework, tools, and emulator are not yet feature complete, and as mentioned above, the emulator only has IE and the ability to run apps out of Visual Studio. At this point developers can't even tie into the hubs because APIs are not available and the hubs are not present in the emulator. Applying Metro styling and animaton is a largely manual process, two key controls (Pivot and Panorama) are missing, and the ListView is not yet usable (for now ListBox can be used instead).

That said, I see alot of good stuff here, and can't wait to see where MS takes the platform in the coming months.

Bring on the beta!

JonathanMarston said,
It's definately at CTP level - a great accomplishment in its own right, and shows alot of promise, but the framework, tools, and emulator are not yet feature complete, and as mentioned above, the emulator only has IE and the ability to run apps out of Visual Studio. At this point developers can't even tie into the hubs because APIs are not available and the hubs are not present in the emulator. Applying Metro styling and animaton is a largely manual process, two key controls (Pivot and Panorama) are missing, and the ListView is not yet usable (for now ListBox can be used instead).

That said, I see alot of good stuff here, and can't wait to see where MS takes the platform in the coming months.

Bring on the beta!

I think they'll move fast to update all of these. When does VS2010 go RTM btw? Next month? I think these tools will be done and code complete in time for the final version of VS2010.

GP007 said,

I think they'll move fast to update all of these. When does VS2010 go RTM btw? Next month? I think these tools will be done and code complete in time for the final version of VS2010.

Yeah, I hope this is ready for VS 2010, but I thought that it was going to be later from what I had heard...

mocax said,
i wonder if there'll be a plugin for eclipse

Maybe, but I would assume they would be building in all the correct tools for visual studio.

How much of the OS does it allow you to emulate? IIRC... the Android emulator was all but outgoing/incoming phone calls.

I'd be interested to test (more indepth) the interface and maybe Zune desktop integration is all.

cybertimber2008 said,
How much of the OS does it allow you to emulate? IIRC... the Android emulator was all but outgoing/incoming phone calls.

I'd be interested to test (more indepth) the interface and maybe Zune desktop integration is all.

don't loose your time, the emulator doesn't contain any feature except Internet Explorer and the ability to run apps from visual studio! (which is well enough for developers ^^)

for non-developers, this emulator is totally useless. It will not help you to get familiar with WP7 ui, unfortunately!

cybertimber2008 said,
How much of the OS does it allow you to emulate? IIRC... the Android emulator was all but outgoing/incoming phone calls.

I'd be interested to test (more indepth) the interface and maybe Zune desktop integration is all.


i thought its the entire OS? everything can be tested. down to the battery... in other words, it thinks the PC is actually a phone

Edited by dingl_, Mar 16 2010, 3:26am :

artfuldodga said,

i thought its the entire OS? everything can be tested. down to the battery... in other words, it thinks the PC is actually a phone

Thats what I thought from what Scott said. Full OS in a virtual environment. If you have a touchscreen PC, it even reacts to that!

Edited by zagor, Mar 16 2010, 4:05am :

zagor said,

Thats what I thought from what Scott said. Full OS in a virtual environment. If you have a touchscreen PC, it even reacts to that!

It is, it just doesn't seem to have all the other apps/hubs with it, so it's the core OS and IE and nothing else. Which is all a app dev should care about.

I suppose a updated version will come with the hubs as well in time.

GP007 said,

It is, it just doesn't seem to have all the other apps/hubs with it, so it's the core OS and IE and nothing else. Which is all a app dev should care about.

I suppose a updated version will come with the hubs as well in time.

That was my understanding as well. In fact I'd heard that the tiles weren't even there (Which makes for testing the tile integration of your app tricky)... But I am downloading now, so I guess I'll see...