Windows Device Portal Adds New Tools for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Device Portal gets new tools like Location Testing UWP, Mixed Reality tools, USB Devices tool, Streaming Install Debugger, and more.

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UWP Location Testing tool in Fall Creators Update in Device Portal

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, helping developers with several new tools in the Windows Device Portal, that comes from across Windows, and helps in "location testing UWP, explore Mixed Reality, build new hardware peripherals and test apps new installation pipeline."

As always, backed by a REST API, these tools can also be use from a scripting or client application environment using Device Portal Wrapper.

Here is a quick rundown of the new tools available today:

Location Based Testing

Using location tool in Device Portal, devs can now change an apps location reported by the Windows by simply tapping "Override" check box, and setting up a new location using "map or lat/long text boxes." Once set, make sure to uncheck the box for new location and timezone to come in effect.

Using this tool, you can also test your webpages in different parts of the world, as it's works for web pages in Microsoft Edge.

USB diagnostics can now be done using the updated USBView tool, as it now work inside Device Portal.

To fin the USB Devices tool, head to hamburger menu in top right, then go to "Add tools to workspace," next scroll to bottom and check "USB Devices" box, then hit "Add." Voila!, systems USB hubs, controllers and peripherals, expand to show individual devices using + (plus) sign, clicking the gear will expand to show the items properties.

USB Devices tool in Fall Creators Update Devices Portal
USB Devices tool

Streaming App Install Debugging make easy of testing an app before it's finished downloading offered by the "streaming installation" for UWP in Windows 10 Creators Update. The tool works by letting you edit states of the content groups, "so you can test apps behavior as streaming install is being simulated and ensure it behaves correctly when content groups are missing."

To use the tool. "deploy an app with content groups to the device, then open Streaming Install Debugger tool in Device Portal."

Streaming Install Debugger tool in Fall Creators Update Device Portal
Streaming Install Debugger tool

Mixed Reality Tooling

Microsoft has added a number of new tools to hep developers build Mixed Reality apps for the Fall Creators Update, including:

  • "3D View," and a "Framerate counter" — HoloLens developers already familiar to these two tools.
  • Frame Rate tool, now in the Device Portal, shows developers "both the frame rate of their app and of the system's compositor."
  • 3D View helps when testing your immersive headset's interactions with the real world, displaying its position as it moves through space.
  • A new app launch option, which lets you launch an app in Mixed Reality. It appears when an immersive headset attached to a PC. The Installed Apps tool will add a button letting you launch the app in the HMD. While fully immersive apps will always run in Mixed Reality, "this new button is particularly useful for 2D UWP apps or apps that switch between 2D and immersive," when you want to test them in Mixed Reality, writes the team.
  • Frame rate is an important factor in making mixed reality apps comfortable, and it's important for developers to optimize performance to hit full frame rate on the systems they support.
Mixed Reality Tooling in Fall Creators Update Devices Portal
Mixed Reality Tooling