New emulators available for Windows Phone developers

On Thursday, the Windows Phone Developer Blog reported that developers can download new emulator images for Windows Phone 8.0 Updates 2 and 3 from the Microsoft Download Center, and install them on their existing Windows Phone SDK 8.0 installation.

Here’s a breakdown on the new emulators:

Update 2 Emulators: Windows Phone 8 Update 2 (8.0.10322) emulator images have been updated to support development environments that only have Visual Studio 2013 RTM installed. If you already have the original Windows Phone 8.0 Update 2 emulator images on your machine, you don’t need to download this update. The only change is that the installer has expanded Visual Studio targeting to include the RTM release of Visual Studio 2013.

Update 3 Emulators: This is a new set of emulator images that correspond to Windows Phone 8 Update 3. In addition to updating the current emulator resolutions (WVGA, WXGA, and 720p) to 8.0.10512, Update 3 also includes a “1080p” emulator that you can use to test how your app renders on a 1080×1920 resolution screen, whether to deliver high-definition video and images or to provide an app layout tailored to the larger screen.

Head on over to the Windows Phone Developer Blog to get the full story.

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Jeff Meisner
Microsoft News Center Staff