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Windows 10’s Device Portal is getting improved features for Windows Mixed Reality later this year


With the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Microsoft is boosting the Windows Device Portal with some new tools and features later this year. The company today detailed some new features that are coming to the Windows Device Portal which will give users more options while debugging their apps and test some of the new features for app developers that are coming with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

Hirsch Singhal, the Program Manager of the Windows Device Portal at Microsoft today detailed some of the new features of the Windows Device Portal in a blog post. The biggest new feature coming to the Windows Device Portal is support for the new Windows Mixed Reality headsets. The improved Device Portal in Windows 10 will make it much easier for developers to build apps for Windows Mixed Reality. The Device Portal now includes options that make it really easy to launch apps on a Windows Mixed Reality when you have a Mixed Reality head-mounted display connected to your computer. Microsoft is also bringing in the 3D View and Frame Rate tracking features from the HoloLens’ Device Portal to Windows Mixed Reality, which should be helpful to developers while testing their Mixed Reality apps for Windows Mixed Reality.

The updated Device Portal also allows users to test their apps from different locations by effectively faking the latitudes and longitudes data provided by the Windows Location API. In addition to that, Microsoft is also introducing new tools for the new streaming installation feature in the Universal Windows Platform, and improved USB debugging tools for developers who play around with hardware.

The new features in the Windows Device Portal will be coming to developers with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update later this year, but you should already be able to try out most of these features right now if you are running one of the latest Insider Preview builds.



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