Ability to manage snapshots in WP emulator
The Windows Phone emulator should include the ability to manage VM snapshots for Windows Phone images. Developers should be able to create WP images that are tailored to be in a specific state, and manage those image snapshots.
Hyper-V is a powerful VM management tool, and it includes the ability to create new images and manage snapshots within them, allowing developers to save the current state of the VM (e.g., to manage particular testing scenarios such as upgrading the app when a good amount of custom data is in it, either for one app or multiple) or to roll the state back to a prior checkpoint marked in the VM.
Emulator image tooling should be expanded to include the following:
- Create a new developer VM image (from one of the base images)
- Delete a created developer VM image
- Be able to add/remove developer VM images from the Visual Studio device/emulator list
- Additional tooling in the emulator to allow for snapshot management of developer VM images
Under this suggestion, the developer should be unable to manage or modify the base/standard images, this suggestion is only for adding additional images.
Mark Allan commented
Yes, this would be useful so you don't have to switch from US to local culture and reboot the phone before starting.
Added this after a developer conversation this week