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  1. 3D/Stereo preview on Hololens Emulator

    Hololens let's you render on 2 backbuffers(stereoscopic) but it's hard to know if the output is correct because the emulator shows just one frame. I assume it's the image for either the left or right eye.

    When hololens is in stereo mode, show both frames on the emulator. Let the user choose between spit-screen or Anaglyph (Red-Cyan).

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      0 comments  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • sensors emulators

      Provide emulators for all sensors, this include:
      -Compass
      -Altimeter
      -Barometer

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      • Please Allow Developers To Test Continuum for Phones on Windows 10 Mobile Emulator

        Developers who do not have access to capable hardware need to have the ability to test Continuum for Phones on the emulator to ensure that the app works as expected. Please allow developers to test Continuum for Phones on the Windows 10 Mobile emulator.

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        • Emulate Bad Data Connection - v2.0

          I suggest to create another option that alternates "lost of signal" and "bad signal". Create an infinite loop that breakes the connection in a random time. From 1 to 10 sec, for example.

          A an ability to the emulator that can emulate a bad data connection so we can discover performance problems before our clients receive it. Things like throttling and dropouts

          The new emulators in the Windows Phone 8.1 tooling provide some excellent tools for emulating bad network connections, but there is no option to simulate broken connections

          358 votes
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          • unable to enable cortana in windows 10 mobile emulator

            Unable to enable Cortana in windows 10 mobile emulator. Because enabling Cortana requires us to login using MS account. And since you cannot login to MS account in Windows Mobile 10 emulator due to permission/trusted device issue it is impossible to enable and test/develop an application that uses Cortana.

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            • Allow Changing of emulator VHD location

              I would like a way to change where the emulator VHD files are stored. Changing the Hyper-V default location does not seem to have an affect. When running a small SSD for your C drive the emulators can take up a large amount of space so it would be nice to move them to a second hard drive.

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              • Throttle emulator to hardware specs of phone CPU + GPU

                Create an option to simulate hardware specs like CPU+GPU.
                Dual-core, quad-core, 1.2GHz, 1.5GHz, 2.2GHz, ...
                The emulator is very very fast when I'm using it on my i7 4770. It would be good if we can at least optionally reduce the speed of the emulator to better reproduce real world devices.

                355 votes
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                  4 comments  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • The Emulator should support SensorSDK

                  The Emulator should support SensorSDK

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                  • Make it easy to connect to the host PC localhost from WP Emulator

                    It would be great if you make it easy to connect to host PC localhost (to consume a web-service for example) instead of going through lengthy process (http://blogs.iis.net/robert_mcmurray/archive/2013/08/20/connecting-the-windows-phone-8-emulator-to-web-api-applications-on-a-local-computer.aspx) and maybe figure out later that this also doesn't work in your case; e.g., using a domain-joined PC.

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                    • emulator set date and time automatically setting pull from host machine

                      If you select the "set date and time autotmatically" setting in the WP emulator, it should sync with the host machine. Too many times when my PC has woken up w/the emulator running the emulator's date/time is stuck from when the PC went to sleep. The incorrect date/time on the emulator can negatively impact external api calls when debugging on theh emulator.

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                      • Web debugging via IE11 or VS

                        Currently its very hard to debug Hybrid and Webapps. When you create a webview you simply cannot see the DOM or any normal information to see whats going on, what goes wrong and why it goes wrong. Platforms like iOS and Android now feature means to debug your webview via the desktopbrowser. When you connect an iPhone to a mac you can view the webview from Safari by going to Develop->Debug. And voor Android devices you open Chrome and go to "about:devices". This gives webdevelopers a very easy way to debug their applications and to see what goes wrong (and…

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                        • Make the emulator emulate the ARM CPU, like in WinMobile

                          Now that native development is an option, it's very frustrating that one can't debug the native code that's being executed on the device without a real device.

                          Back in the Windows Mobile/CE days, Microsoft had a Device Emulator that would faithfully emulate an ARM CPU and would execute exactly that same code that eventually went to the device. This capability was essential for certain low-level tasks like native crash investigation, debugging stack clobbering scenarios, deep optimization with inline assembly (e. g. for NEON) and such. Now that capability is lost. Please bring it back.

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                            2 comments  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 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…

                            14 votes
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                            • Emulator list management in VS

                              Not all developers care about all emulator images that are displayed in the VS list. An developer should have an option or tool to manage that list, and select which ones are displayed.

                              Ideally, this tool would show the developer all of the WP emulators on the machine (can be scoped to only those emulators in the standard directory; bonus points if able to add other directories for custom images) and allow the developer to select/check off those emulators that she wants shown int he 'device/emulator' drop-down box within Visual Studio.

                              Particularly as the number of optional device images that…

                              9 votes
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                              • Any updates on the nested virtualization? I want to run the Windows Phone 8 Emulator in a virtual machine, but it failed.

                                Any updates on the nested virtualization? I want to run the Windows Phone 8 Emulator in a virtual machine, but it failed. Does it mean the nested virtualization is not supported yet?

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                                • Allow developers to sign into the VS2012 phone emulator with a Microsoft account. Why this is not allowed is beyond me.

                                  Developers need to be able to use their MS account to sign into the VS2012 phone emulator. If it is a real account I do not see the problem here? We need to be able to test our applications with other windows apps installed. Even if they are only the free apps. Why is this disabled? What is the issue here?

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                                  • Emulator to run on non-SLAT computers

                                    Just bought a new laptop to develop W8 Phone apps. My processor doesn't support SLAT so it won't run the emulator and get an error msg after installation. Are you guys kidding me???? You're biggest complaint is not enough apps with only 165k compared to 1.5 mil apple & 1 mil android. If you want people to develop apps you need to offer a dev platform that doesn't only run on the latest and greatest machines. You've dumped off you loyal developers to explore other phone platforms.

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                                      • enable bluetooth on wp8 emulator

                                        I want my apps communicating via bluetooth. But I can't develop such feature, because it requires at least two wp8 devices. I have only one. it would be great if the emulator can use bluetooth.

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                                        • WP8 Emulator "Demo Mode"

                                          It would be great to be able to use the WP8 emulator (and Surface emulator for that matter) for mobility demonstrations, i.e. when I deliver a Dynamics CRM demo I often (nearly always) want to include mobility scenarios on the same screen as the rest of the demo. Using the actual hardware is okay for an in-person demo but the form factor isn't ideal to demonstrate the functionality to the whole room. It's no good at all for remote demos.

                                          The emulators would be a great way to achieve this, but it would require:

                                          1) The ability to install downloaded…

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