Peter Foot over at Smartphone Thoughts made a good comment about Microsoft's Device Emulator 1.0: "This has been released at the same time as the Windows Mobile 5.0 SDKs but hasn't received the same coverage. This is a really neat tool if you want to demonstrate your applications on a PC which doesn't have any development tools."
Since I'm not a developer at all, for me it's *the* tool to get an impression of the full Windows Mobile 5.0 functionality on all kind of devices (from Pocket PC to Smartphone):
The Microsoft Device Emulator 1.0 Community Preview is a standalone version of the same ARM based Device Emulator that ships as part of Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2. The standalone emulator is intended for situations when you want to demonstrate or test your application on a computer that does not have Visual Studio 2005 installed. The emulator ships with support for Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition.
The new Device Emulator has a number of features that make it significantly better than its predecessor. You will find that it:
- Runs code compiled for ARM processors rather than for x86 processors. In most cases, you can run the same binaries on the emulator as you do on the device.
- Supports synchronizing with ActiveSync. You can use the Device Emulator with a full ActiveSync partnership. This feature allows you to debug applications that are syncing, or be able to use real synchronized data from within the Device Emulator.
- Provides support for more development environments. The emulator has been tested for developing and debugging applications with Visual Studio 2005, Visual Studio .NET 2003, and with eMbedded Visual C++ 4.0 (eVC4) SP4, all using ActiveSync. No crossover serial cable is required.
- The Device Emulator supports GAPI. You can write and debug GAPI games on the Device Emulator and expect them to work.
The Device Emulator is a pre-release Community Preview. The software is not suitable for use in any critical operating environment. It is not supported by Microsoft Product Support Services.
You can download it for free from Microsoft and if you don't have a Windows Mobile 5.0 device by hand yet, at least you will get Windows Mobile 5.0 on your PC screen. :-)
Cheers ~ Arne