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  1. 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. 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.

    67 votes
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  3. 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.…

    15 votes
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  4. PhotoCamera.GetPreviewBufferArgb32 is broken on WP8 emulator

    This function used to return the correct debug screen on Windows Phone 7 emulator, but it returns a buffer full of 0xffffffff values when executing it under Windows Phone 8 emulator.

    4 votes
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  5. Fix the WP8 Emulators

    I currently have WP8 SDK installed and I am not able to get the emulator working consistently. Only after repairing the installation will the emulator work. If I close the emulator and try to run it again. It fails with a uninformative message indicating deployment failed.

    1 vote
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  6. 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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  7. Photo chooser and camera Roll image acces

    Provide the access to pictures in PhotoChooser and Camera Roll in emulator

    2 votes
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  8. Enable the default experiences in the emulator

    We've heard a lot about the default experiences in the phone (especially the different hubs) are a great resources for developers and designers to get a feel for some real world implementations of the Metro Design Language and get inspired from them. However, not everybody has a physical device, so having those experiences in the emulator would be a great addition to the dev tools and resources.

    3 votes
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  9. Emulator: NMEA file format support for location

    Received from an MVP this week over email:

    It would be great to be able to have the emulator location data use the NMEA file format - either via file import/export, or using the files directly as a feed. This would make it very easy to repeatably test the location data in the device, as well as demo apps for customers. Other devices use this format and it would be great to see it supported by Windows Phone.

    The NMEA 0183( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NMEA_0183 ) is a serial, ASCI, sentence based protocol which is supported by almost all GPS out there now.

    4 votes
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  10. 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.

    20 votes
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  11. Unlock the people hub in the emulator

    Being unable to set up our own set of contacts to test with is incredibly frustrating, especially as the test set doesn't even cover all scenarios (none have photos, for example).

    2 votes
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  12. Hard / soft reset in windows phone emulator

    There is no option for hard and soft reset

    14 votes
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  13. 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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  14. PC emulator on Windows

    Since Microsoft haven't introduced a native C++ SDK for WP7 Please create a PC emulator in C# for WP7.
    Like Qemu in Windows mobile

    3 votes
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  15. 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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  16. 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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