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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.

      247 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.

        141 votes
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          7 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.

          136 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…

            95 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

              71 votes
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                0 comments  ·  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.

                40 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

                  39 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 →
                    • 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.

                      34 votes
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                        0 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.

                        31 votes
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                          2 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.

                          30 votes
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                            3 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Increase webbrowser control function

                            Increase webbrowser control
                            function

                            28 votes
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                              4 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • keyboard

                              Allow the user the option of choosing a non qwerty keyboard layout, as a full keyboard can be really frustating at times due to the small keys.

                              27 votes
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                                2 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 !!!

                                26 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 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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                                    1 comment  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Button Control issue

                                    Font weight in Button is not working at all.

                                    21 votes
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                                      under review  ·  2 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Gmail Todo List Account Sync

                                      Please allow the access to Gmail's Todo list sync when a google account is added on the windows phone. Under calendar I see the todo list of hotmail and I like it, it would be great if I can add the gmail's ones too and have the ability to make changes when sync happens or just have the ability to add todo items and those get sync to the phone.

                                      17 votes
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                                      • 15 votes
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                                        • SharePictureTask or SharePhotoTask

                                          It would be really nice to have a "Share" task that I could pass a stream to, in order to share an image. This task could bring up the same interface when I share an photo from my pictures library. It would make it simple to share photos to facebook and twitter if the user already has it setup. It would also make it possible to finally share photos via sms and email programmatically.

                                          15 votes
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