Run Windows Phone 10 Emulator on iMac (VMWare or Parallels or VirtualBox?)

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Ryanzzff, Oct 17, 2015.

  1. Ryanzzff macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2015
    Hi all, I am new here.
    I need to develop Windows Phone 10/ Windows 10/ iOS Apps.
    And I am planning to get a Late 2015 iMac 27" (16GB ram/ 2TB Fusion Drive).

    Here are my questions:
    - Can I actually run the Windows Phone 10 Emulator with Visual Studio?
    - Which one perform better(VMWare or Parallels or VirtualBox) for my purpose?
    - I am not sure if i5 is enough? or I have to upgrade to i7?
  2. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    Better keep caution with virtual enviroment. Simulator would eat machine performance quite a lot.
    Boot camp would get the best performance. However, fusion drive. Oh yes. This drive is probably not conventional SSHD. You may need to take extra care on using BootCamp on a fusion drive.
    Your best bet is downloading a Windows 10 enterprise trial, put it in VMWare or parallel desktop and install a trial visual studio to see if windows mobile 10 simulator can run on top of it. And you may need to find a way to run Windows using Apple own EFI to get a better boot performance and possibly Reduce the maintenance cost.
    All are my two cents. I didn't even get in touch with fusion drive. So sorry.

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