Environment Class

[ This article is for Windows Phone 8 developers. If you’re developing for Windows 10, see the latest documentation. ]

Gives applications access to information about the environment in which they are running. In the current release, the only supported property of this class is DeviceType, which is used to determine if an application is running on an actual Windows Phone device or on the device emulator on a PC.

Inheritance Hierarchy


Namespace: Microsoft.Devices
Assembly: Microsoft.Phone (in Microsoft.Phone.dll)


Public NotInheritable Class Environment
public static class Environment

The Environment type exposes the following members.


Name Description
DeviceType Gets the type of device on which the application is running. Use this property to determine if your application is running on an actual device or on the device emulator.


Version Information

Windows Phone OS

Supported in: 8.1, 8.0, 7.1, 7.0


Windows Phone

Thread Safety

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

See Also


Microsoft.Devices Namespace