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  1. 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

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

      352 votes
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        4 comments  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Emulating Camera

        It would be extremely helpful if the emulator could use webcams as camera emulation. Otherwise AR scenarios are hard to develop without a range of devices. It has become even more needed with the addition of WXGA and the different scalings in WP8.

        50 votes
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          1 comment  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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.

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

            43 votes
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              0 comments  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow the emulator to simulate phone calls and messages.

              There are several certification requirements from Microsoft that are impossible to test without a physical Windows Phone device. The requirements that involve phone calls, text messages, and zune hub music are all impossible to test from within the emulator.

              It'd be very convenient for developers without actual devices to test their apps for the certification requirements if everything could actually be tested with the emulator.

              19 votes
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                2 comments  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Screenshot Hotkey in Emulator

                It is physically impossible for me to play my game in the emulator and capture an image of it that actually represents what gameplay looks like.

                My game is controlled by the Accelerometer and has very rapid gameplay that makes switching from using the Accelerometer to Screenshot tab and actually capturing a screenshot impossible. It simply doesn't work. In order to take the screenshot it takes 2 mouse clicks and about half a second. If I am lucky I can do it before my character dies, even then though the player is just moving in a straight line to nowhere…

                19 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Media playback on emulator should match Phone

                  The phone currently plays a large selection of media formats (MP4, M4V, 3GP etc) that aren't supported in the emulator. This makes apps that use these formats extremely hard to debug.

                  Would be awesome if you could fix this :)

                  18 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Screenshots - all resolutions and languages at once

                    Now on Windows Phone 8 when we have 3 resolutions taking screenshots may take a lot of time. You have to run one emulator, take screenshots, close it and run another and so on. We can scale wxga to wvga(it still requires some work), because they have the same ratio, but we can't do this with 720p. Emulators are even slower than the WP7.1 ones, so the process is really long.
                    Consider also option where you have application in several languages. You have to take screenshots in one language, change it to another, wait until emulator reloads and so on.…

                    16 votes
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                      4 comments  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Hard / soft reset in windows phone emulator

                      There is no option for hard and soft reset

                      14 votes
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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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                          2 comments  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Emulator IsolatedStorage and State explorer

                          The emulator should include a treeview control to display a live view of:

                          Page States
                          App State
                          IsolatedStorageSettings
                          IsolatedStorageFile(s)

                          The ideal would include some kind of object drill down in the style of Mole for WPF, but even ToStrings would work. This combined with file drag drop from Windows Explorer would make app life cycle debugging a lot simpler.

                          11 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 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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                              2 comments  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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.

                              9 votes
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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…

                                9 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Enable Emulator usage/Launch without Visual Studio

                                  This could allow for quite a few scenarios - someone is currently locked in with a carrier that doesn't have WP7 phones available. They could actually purchase apps on the Marketplace and use them.

                                  Enable a "code-once" and runs on Windows or Phone.

                                  8 votes
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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.

                                    7 votes
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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?

                                      7 votes
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                                      • Enable taking panorama screenshots in emulator

                                        Currently we need to do some trickery to take screenshots of application that use panorama control.

                                        6 votes
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                                        • Dev tools

                                          Still not supporting Windows 7? In the requirement page, I could see Windows 8 64 bit is required to run WP SDK8.0. why not supporting dominated Windows 7?

                                          5 votes
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