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An iPhone theme for the Windows Phone 7 emulator!

, 6 Apr 2011
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Creating an iPhone-styled Windows Phone emulator.

I read this great post by Jeff Wilcox yesterday. Jeff has changed his Windows Phone emulator default theme, making it identical to a Samsung WP device. He describes the process of changing the default look-and-feel of the emulator and also provides the .png and .psd files he used.

Reading that post, I came up with a crazy idea: why not create an iPhone-styled Windows Phone emulator? Pretty cool, huh? So, here's the result:

iPhone-styled Windows Phone emulator

Downloads

The unzipped folder contains the following elements:

  • Licence.txt
  • WM7_Skin.xml
  • WM7_Skin_Down.png
  • WM7_Skin_Mask.png
  • WM7_Skin_Up.png
  • WPiPhone.psd

How to install

Changing the emulator's default theme is quite easy:

  • Unzip the folder you downloaded.
  • Navigate to C:\Program Files\Microsoft XDE\1.0 (or C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft XDE\1.0).
  • Replace WM7_Skin.xml, WM7_Skin_Down.png, WM7_Skin_Mask.png, and WM7_Skin_Up.png with the ones I provide you. You'd better keep the original files in another place.

Credits

WM7_Skin.xml and WM7_Skin_Mask.png are the exact same files from Jeff's blog post. The iPhone GUI is taken from teehan+lax blog. Enjoy!

Attention: This iPhone theme for the Windows Phone emulator is unofficial. Only home use is permitted. You cannot display the "hacked" emulator in public. Please remove the Windows logo if you have no legal rights to use it.

License

This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

About the Author

Vangos Pterneas
Product Manager LightBuzz
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I'm a Software Engineer and Entrepreneur, passionate about motion technology and the way it can affect people’s lives.
 
I have been a Kinect enthusiast since the release of the very first unofficial hacks and have already published some innovative commercial Kinect applications. These applications include complex home automation systems, 3D body scanning programs and motion-enabled product browsers for businesses.
 
I worked as a Windows developer and consultant for Microsoft Innovation Center and I'm now running my own company, LightBuzz Software. LightBuzz has been awarded the first place in Microsoft’s worldwide innovation competition, held in New York, for effectively combining Kinect and smartphone functionality.
 
When I am not coding, I love writing books, speaking and blogging about my favorite technological aspects.
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