Microsoft delivered a new (and radically different) emulator… in a standalone version.
It is an ARM-based Device Emulator that normally 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 standalone emulator currently includes support for Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition and… “will soon provide support for Windows Mobile 5.0.” says the announcement note.
I first installed the emulator just to “see” how it looks like and what it can do… and was not expecting it to offer more help than the Pocket PC SDK emulator I had before.
As expected, the emulator’s window looked nice… and changing from the ‘traditional’ emulator skin was one good thing.
Then, came the performance questions… surprising!
In brief: the new emulator version is simply a TRUE on-screen Pocket PC…
So, I can now let the children play with my ‘stand-alone’ Pocket PC… and keep playing with my ‘on-screen’ emulator (you see… it even seems to be a “family conflict-reduction solution”)