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  1. 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.

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      19 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Textbox control for ApplicationBar like IE

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

      854 votes
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        4 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Using SmartPhone Screen as mousepad & virtual Controller for XBOX/PS

        From past few day I am working on an innovative idea.
        The idea is:-
        Why not use your smartphone as a xbox, ps controller. Why not use it as a mouse.

        controller:
        If you donot have joystick to play your xbox/ps games just connect your phone to xbox/ps via data cable and use the virtual controller on your smartphone screen as a real gaming controller.

        Mousepad/touchpad:
        Just connect your smartphone to computer and use it surface as mouse

        The problem I am facing:-
        1. In can make the Gui but how the will the xbox/ps recognize that this is a…

        210 votes
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          5 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • PasswordBox with Number only keyboard

          it would be helpfull to have a passwordBox like control which supports Number only keyboard. Numeric only passwords makes more sense for Smartphone world as its fast, convenient and easy to type.

          166 votes
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            3 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • MediaPlayer.PlayPosition should be able to be set

            If my users want to move through a song a little bit, there is no way to do that, as MediaPlayer.PlayPosition is read only! Should be able to set it.

            162 votes
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              7 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Transfer contacts to SIM CARD

              We want backup our contacts to sim card

              129 votes
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                2 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Deep zoom & pan / multiscale image

                I request that the MultiScaleImage library to be able to access isolated storage. There are many places where apps will not connect to a cell tower [e.g. in a general aviation (or commercial) aircraft where cell phones do not work well [it is illegal to use in any case] and also in isolated rural areas. Also, why pay data charges to view the same image over and over [aren’t music & photo libraries stored on phones?] And finally memory is very cheap. Some suggest that large images (even broken into tiles) are inappropriate for storage on a phone – that…

                117 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Show scrollbars in WebBrowser control

                  Please show the scrollbars in the WebBrowser control. For details and a workaround that's not working as smooth as it is when it was implemented in the control itself.

                  http://www.pitorque.de/MisterGoodcat/post/Somethings-Missing-from-the-WebBrowser-Control.aspx

                  74 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • provide an api for 3rd party apps to control podcasts now that they have a separate app

                    I love to run to podcasts. A lot of apps let you control music, but nonelist podcasts. I reached out to caledos runner developers and they mentioned no API exists for this.

                    50 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add "bool IsLoopingEnabled" property to Pivot and Panorama control

                      It will be great to have an option to disable the infinite looping of Pivot and Panorama controls and use them in a similar way like Picture/Article browsing, etc.

                      47 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Support multiple media elements

                        To support things like midroll video advertisments, multiple MediaElements are needed. This is supported in Silverlight for the web.

                        43 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Office Document Viewer Control

                          Provide a viewer for viewing office documents (e.g. word, excel and powerpoint basically). The UIWebView in iPhone support serveral formats and give a very good user experiences in some content related apps

                          40 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • TextBox height or width can beyond 2048 pixel limitation.

                            I understand the max size limitation to control. And there are some approach to work around on most of the controls. However, for some control, e.g. TextBox, it's a big problem.

                            34 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Assign icon from IsolatedStorage to ApplicationBarIconButton

                              Currently you can assign to ApplicationBarIconButton an icon present on your project as 'content'. This basically means you have to determine your icons at design time.

                              By providing the ability to assign an icon placed on the IsolatedStorage, the developer will be free to create button icons at runtime, dynamically download them from other places etc.

                              34 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Better integration with system tray

                                Would be nice to have the possibility to set background color, icon color, etc. not just hide or show.

                                31 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Extend the standard controls to support true multi-touch

                                  We live in a multi-touch world, we have hardware that supports 10 points of touch and yet, in windows phone, once a standard control has focus the other controls will not be enabled to touch commands from different fingers. It is not a "natural" behavior and in some scenarios it would make phone applications act strange to [new] users. Windows 8, iOS, Android already support true multi-touch .

                                  Scenarios where multi-touch is needed:
                                  - Big device like 1520 and the user holds it with one hand but touches the screen on one side. When using the application none of the…

                                  28 votes
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                                  • Increase webbrowser control function

                                    Increase webbrowser control
                                    function

                                    28 votes
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                                      4 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • different sound levels

                                      We need different sound levels...sound level for system, for alarm clock, for music-radio, and different for keyboard.

                                      I want to have sounds enabled to keyboard but not at highest level, also i want to listen to radio (throuth the night) and be sure that the next morning the alarm clock will sound as high as possible to wake me up.

                                      I hope you get the point !!!

                                      27 votes
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                                      • Create a new Route object without using RouteQuery

                                        Windows Phone 8 includes a new Map control. It has a new feature to add a route that will be displayed under street names. Street names over the route will be shown in another color and are moved to stay always in center. To add a route to the map you have to create MapRoute object that accepts only Route object in it's constructor. But Route object does not have public constructor. The only possibility to create Route is RouteQuery class. This is a problem! RouteQuery uses online service to calculate the route. Apps can't show the traveled route at…

                                        23 votes
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                                        • Urdu Language Support

                                          Currently windows phone does not support Urdu language. You should provide Urdu keyboard support in platform because there is large number of windows phone users in Pakistan and India who prefer to use Urdu language. If you can't then at least allow developers to make custom keyboard for their apps so that users can write in Urdu language to create email, texts etc.

                                          21 votes
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