Emulate and Test Windows Phone 7 on Your Desktop Computer
Windows Mobile is a compact mobile operating system developed by Microsoft, and designed for use in smartphones and mobile devices. The current version is called ‘Windows Mobile 6.5’ and the upcoming Windows Phone 7 will be released this year which features a new operating system and integration with Xbox Live and Zune services.
There is a Windows Phone 7 emulator which allows mobile application developer to test it out and start developing program for Windows Phone 7. However for normal computer users that just wanted to get the feel of running Windows Phone 7, they can also use the emulator.
First you will have to download a 3.18MB vm_web.exe file from Microsoft website and then this web setup will download an additional 300MB that includes Microsoft .NET Framework 4, Silverlight 4.0, SDKs, Windows Phone Emulator Dveloper Resources, XNA Game Studio 4.0 and etc… After installation, you may need to reboot your computer.
Once Microsoft Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP has completed the installation, run Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone from the Start Menu. Then go to File and select New Project. Select Windows Phone Application from the list and click OK. Finally, click Debug from the menubar and then select Start Debugging (or just F5).
Windows Phone 7 will be emulated. Currently it contains an Internet Explorer and you can play around with the virtual keyboard, themes, regional settings, time and date, and etc.