Difference between 'simulator' and 'emulator'? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Why is the Phone 8 emulator referred to as an 'emulator' while for Windows Store App testing it is called a 'simulator?


    Sunday, March 10, 2013 3:32 PM


  • They do completely different things.

    You cannot run Windows Phone apps on a Windows system, so an emulator is provided which runs an emulated version of the Windows Phone hardware and OS.

    Windows Store apps do run on Windows 8, so we don't have an emulator. To help with different resolutions and touch input the simulator is a fancy remote desktop app which connects back to the local system and simulates touch, etc.

    If you want to test your Windows Store apps on ARM then you will need a physical Windows RT device.


    • Marked as answer by Min ZhuMember Thursday, March 14, 2013 3:17 AM
    Sunday, March 10, 2013 11:48 PM