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  1. SMS Access API

    Please, provide a way to backup the texts.
    Or, at least, provide a API access to the texts to allow developers to implement an application for SMS backing up.

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      380 comments  ·  Communication APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Currently, the platform provides a number of SMS Access from a system eventing perspective (as of Windows Phone 8.1), and Windows Phone supports sms backup/restore for consumers as part of the base OS (Settings → Backup). What we don’t provide is a backup API.

      Using SMS events: Check out the Build 2014 session (http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2014/2-518) or MSDN docs on background tasks (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsphone/develop/hh977056.aspx)

      Although the capabilities are there from a consumer perspective (the core ask for the suggestion), I’m marking this as ‘Under Review’ for the API perspective. The team is aware of the ask and it is something that is being considered.

    • Extend the API to query phone volume and vibration settings, maybe even set them.

      Currently, when developing a alarm clock app, there is no way to tell if the user has his phone set to vibrate only, so a soundeffect set by the user is played even if he has set his phone to vibrate. I find this very confusing, even though the builtin alarm clock behaves the same way.
      This would also be good to have for games, so when you launch a game in a quiet environment not all heads turn the user's way :)

      2,980 votes
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        43 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • XNA 5

        Please continue to work on XNA. It's a great way for indie game developers like myself to make games and give them to the world. XNA gave us the ability to put our games, easily, on the most popular platforms, and to just dump XNA would be therefor heartbreaking... I implore you to keep working on XNA so we C# developers can still make amazing games!

        2,777 votes
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          16 comments  ·  XNA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Custom keyboard via code

          Allow to developers create a custom keyboard. eg. choose letters and numbers together

          2,764 votes
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            27 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Provide ability for developers to respond to user reviews/feedback

            Currently the only way to reply to user feedback (posted in marketplace) is to put in your own review - which of course is only possible if your xbox live account is located in exact same region (and then other users may get annoyed based on what star rating you've applied to your response).

            Although many developers (such as myself) put in direct 'tech support' email functions inside the apps - users unfortunately don't commonly use these.

            Many times I see a 'bad review' from a user in another market - which is raised because user has not understood some…

            2,315 votes
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              47 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Universal Plug and Play Framework - UPnP / DLNA

              Please add full support for UPnP 1.1 / DLNA for third-party applications - perhaps even DPWS for potential future devices. The phone as a media / device controller is growing in popularity (ex: Sonos controllers).

              1,889 votes
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                12 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Thank you for the suggestion and commentary. While we have made progress on this front in the 8.0 developer platform, this suggestion is still not fully implemented. That being said, know that it is high on the consideration list for future Windows Phone releases.

                Keep those suggestions and votes coming!

              • Remove Appointment.IsPrivate limitation

                if an user creates an Appointment marking it as private, the Windows Phone 7.5 standard Calendar app shows it as usual, with the flag 'personal' (and not 'private', not in the Italian translation at least) checked.

                but a thirdy app cannot show it properly, because if Appointment.IsPrivate = true, then Appointment.Subject and Appointment.Details are null.

                in my opinion, the 'personal' - or 'private' - flag is meant to control Appointment visibility to shared calendars with other users - think at my shared calendar with my wife and an Appointment to buy her a gift. infact, if I create a Google…

                1,565 votes
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                  9 comments  ·  Phone Data Store APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Show a paid app w/ a "trial" option in the "free apps" category

                  When I create a paid app with a trial option, many users blow right by it because it doesn't show up in the "free" category even though a light version of the app is free (via the trial).

                  Some people are resorting to the super-inefficient Apple app store method of releasing 2 versions of the app... one that shows up in the "free" category and another that runs as a paid app. The "trial" is a fantastic concept, but it is hobbled by this oversight

                  1,230 votes
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                    37 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Please - allow readonly access to Call History and Text History

                    For creating more contact centric views of contacts

                    1,142 votes
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                      50 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Provide low-level NFC API for NDEF formatting and (un)locking tags

                      Currently Windows Phone 8 supports only NDEF formatted NFC tags. It's not possible to NDEF format blank tags, lock or unlock existing tags.
                      I bought once pack of NFC tags on eBay, but they were not NDEF formatted, so I had to find a way how to format them. I found on Twitter a guy with NFC equipped Android phone and he formatted these tags for me. Windows Phones should be able to do this as well.

                      1,019 votes
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                        19 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Enable Offline Storage for Maps Control Tiles

                        The TileSource class enables developers to provide custom tile sources for the Bing Maps control (such as OpenStreetMap), but requires an absolute URI to provide tiles. Given the frequently disconnected nature of WP7 applications, it would be better if it was possible to provide tiles from isolated storage to enable map downloading and access to maps when offline.

                        1,010 votes
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                          19 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Prepaid codes for WP apps - Promo Codes for Reviewers

                          This has been in xbox arcade for awhile now and would be a good addition to the WP marketplace. Would be much easier to promote a paid app when you can give out a few free copies to people!

                          999 votes
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                            26 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Thanks for the suggestion and the comments. I should have done this sooner, but marking it as ‘under review’ to [at least] acknowledge it.

                            This is definitely something that we are hearing as a need, and it is definitely high up on the feature consideration list as the team looks at releases.

                          • Support File Explorer with transfer to PC option for developers

                            Sometimes it's usefull to explore and tranfer back files generated in app that's running on phone/emulator back to the developer PC, without additional coding.

                            967 votes
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                              14 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Thank you for the commentary thus far. We are not adding this capability into the WPSDK 8.0 tooling release, but know that it is on the consideration list for future Windows Phone releases.

                              As mentioned in the comments, there are a variety of ways of accomplishing access via the included Isolated Storage Explorer and a variety of community tools. Marking this as ‘under review’ to keep it on the tools team radar for improving this experience in the future.

                            • API to directly modify system properties (wifi, mobile data, bluetooth, volume, airplane mode, etc.) instead of using launchers

                              This can be made safe for users by making the certification requirements very strict when utlizing those APIs with requirements for very clear, concise notice to the users.

                              966 votes
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                                13 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Rate and Review enhancement

                                The Windows Phone dev center seriously needs an enhancement to Rate and Review options. There are many features that can be added to improve the whole experience from a developer's perspective.

                                Web portal enhancements:

                                1) Ability for Dev to contact the reviewer
                                At times a certain feature isn't clear what is going wrong, or additional info is required from the reviewers. Developers should be given ability to communicate option to email reviewers.
                                If you do not want to display / expose email addresses, consider using Amazon / Ebay member communication mechanism which effectively hides private email address whilst allowing communication. …

                                849 votes
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                                  14 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Allow direct dialing on PhoneCallTask

                                  Allow users to choose if they want the "call/don't call" prompt dialog when an app invokes PhoneCallTask.

                                  Fast dialing apps are killed by this limitation.

                                  The same way a user can grant for background tasks, he could grant the app permissions to make direct dialing.

                                  832 votes
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                                  • Add a GrantAccountAccessTask for obtaining temporary access to social media accounts

                                    Social networking APIs, like Facebook, are constantly adding new features. Proving access to the authentication directly (even if it were temporary) would allow applications to use the most up-to-date social networking SDK to provide better features for their users.

                                    A "GrantAccountAccessTask" could, for example, ask the user for temporary access (including what permissions are needed). If the user did not have an account configured for that provider, they could be given the chance to create one (or simply redirected to the social network providers website).

                                    763 votes
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                                      12 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add HTTP accept-encoding gzip header support in WebClient

                                      As of now, it's not possible to set the accept-encoding header : it would be so usefull to be able to set gzip compression to save bandwidth especially on 3G !

                                      751 votes
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                                        20 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Thank you for the suggestion and commentary. While we have not fully implemented this capability in the 8.0 release, the team tells me that it is possible to set this for GETs in this release. That being said, please know that this is also definitely on the consideration list for future Windows Phone releases.

                                        Keep those suggestions and votes coming!

                                      • Textbox control for ApplicationBar like IE

                                        Add a Textbox control for the ApplicationBar like in the Internet Explorer.

                                        718 votes
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                                          4 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                            17 comments  ·  Phone Data Store APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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