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  1. 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).

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      11 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!

    • 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).

      743 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 !

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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!

        • Keep sockets running until app is officially closed

          I was excited about sockets support until I found out that on every single app I downloaded that use sockets, if I switch to a different app, the start screen, or turn off my phone's display, the socket disconnects. This sucks, for a number of reasons.

          When switching away from my app, *as long as my app is still in the task switcher*, I want to be able to suspend the UI while maintaining my socket connection (and any necessary base operations required to do so). I don't want to have to reconnect to IRC or SSH or RDP every…

          435 votes
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            10 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Thank you for the suggestion and commentary. We are not adding this capability in the 8.0 release, but know that it is high on the consideration list for future Windows Phone releases as we look at continuing to improve the background execution experience for apps.

            Keep those suggestions and votes coming!

          • Add EAP-TLS Authentication support for WiFi

            Add EAP-TLS Authentication support for WiFi

            Many organizations use EAP-TLS Wireless authentication using certificates and right now Windows Phone 7.5 does not support it.

            426 votes
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              4 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Thank you for the suggestion and commentary; I’m pleased to mark this suggestion as ‘Started’.

              As announced at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference and on the Windows Phone Blog, enterprise wi-fi support with EAP-TLS is coming to Windows Phone with the Windows Phone enterprise feature pack, with an announced delivery in the first half of 2014.

              For more information, please refer to the Windows Phone team blog at:
              http://blogs.windows.com/windows_phone/b/windowsphone/archive/2013/07/10/making-windows-phone-an-even-better-choice-for-business.aspx

            • Extend the DeviceNetworkInformation with MNC and MMC

              Extend the DeviceNetworkInformation with the MNC (Mobile Network Code) and MMC (Mobile Country Code) values. We have an application that needs this information, and we cannot get it from the current DeviceNetworkInformation.CellularMobileOperator property, because the operator name can change over time.

              290 votes
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                2 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Self Signed Certification SSL HTTPS

                For those of us wanting to provide free applications it would be nice if the WP7 supported self signed certs or the very least a widely known free SSL authority.

                Add ServicePointManager.

                Or at the very least add a free service to your accepted list of SSL authorities. Like cacert.org for instance.

                215 votes
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                  15 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Support for Wifi-Direct

                  Support for Wifi-Direct enables a lot of user experiences like fast device to device communication. It is supported on Windows 8 and I really hope this will be added soon to Windows Phone.

                  117 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Authenticated Proxy support in Code (HTTPWebrequest / WCF / Sockets)

                    Currently it's not possoble to make connections behind proxy servers that require authentication.
                    This very much limits business type apps that can use resources or run apps while connected to a work network.

                    It's only currently possible via the web browser.

                    77 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • HttpWebRequest - ability to set referrer

                      Add Ability to set referrer and other custom headers when using HttpWebRequest

                      63 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Implement Radio Interface Layer !!!

                        In Windows Mobile 6.5, this library exist, and it's very good for retreive lot of cell tower informations ( Cell ID, MNC, MCC, LAC, IMEI, IMSI ) lot of information we do not have access with Windows Phone!!

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                          2 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow HTTP Requests Started In The Foreground To Complete In The Background

                          It is a common scenario for the user to initiate a network transfer, then turn off the screen or switch to another app while the transfer is still in progress. Apps should get at least 60 seconds of background processing time to complete such network transfers and process the response. I'm aware that the Background Transfer Service is available, but there are cases where this is not usable, because it requires the data to be transferred to be written to temporary files in the storage. This is also a capability that other mobile platforms have, and I think it is…

                          50 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • HttpWebRequest - ability to set empty (custom) http headers

                            I am using a open source API called OpenStack Storage (http://openstack.org/projects/storage/) that requires passing empty headers to remove certain custom metadata entries. The library being used by WP (HttpWebRequest) doesn't allow passing empty headers. It is unacceptable simply because according to RFC 2616 Section 4.1 (Header Field Definitions), the message headers of an HTTP 1.1 message value is optional. This is limiting me to provide customers to fully use my app for stuff like removing entries on their objects. The error I receive is something like "The header xxxxx has an empty value".

                            34 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Disable 3G when phone is locked

                              When the phone is locked (i.e. usually in my pocket, give users the option to disable 3G and just use edge for notifications etc.) Once the phone is unlocked and being used, 3G re-enables in the background for web browsing etc unless a Wi-Fi network is active. I'm sure that this would take normal day to day battery life well over the 10 hours or so that most people need.

                              33 votes
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                                3 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Open access for XBOX Live achievements

                                Give ability to create games that have access for xbox live achievements. It doesn't have to be full access. Still only partners can have a "Xbox live" mark on their game icon, but having a one place for achievements, leader boards and friends would be great (WP7 Live?)

                                31 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Support SSL certificate pinning

                                  There is SSL/TLS socket support in Windows Phone 8. However, currently no WP8 platform component seems to support SSL certificate pinning.

                                  When a SSL connection is created, there is no way to inspect the x.509 certificate chain returned by the remote server. I want to implement certificate pinning for additional security in my app and therefore I need an API to read the values of individual x.509 certificates.

                                  I am not the only one who needs this: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/17741740/read-ssl-certificate-details-on-wp8

                                  Please provide a way to do certificate pinning using platform components in WP8.

                                  28 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Socket APIs and duplex WCF communication

                                    Socket APIs and duplex WCF communication

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                                      1 comment  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Bring ftpwebrequest to Windows Phone

                                      Since the easiest way to get hold of files to be used in programs is by downloading them from a network or the internet and saving them in isolated storage it would make the whole thing a lot easier if you could do this with FTP. FTP is still one of the most used protocols for retrieving files. And using a proxy is not always an options since some of us would like to be able to reach FTP servers that is on a separate network.

                                      25 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Keep alive WiFi in when phone is locked to be able to have WCF app that let receive notifications

                                        I am very intersting in develop app in WCF that let me to receive notificaction from the server or other clients, but this is impossible for three main reasons:

                                        1.- WiFi is disabled when the phone is locked.
                                        2.- It's not possible to have an app in background that listens the communication channel.
                                        3.- WCF don't let duplex communication.

                                        23 votes
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                                          3 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Fix UdpAnySourceMulticastClient to properly support SSDP broadcasts

                                          SSDP (used in UPnP) relies on UDP multicast for discovery. Currently UdpAnySourceMulticastClient allows for the listening to existing SSDP traffic, as well as sending a solicitation (M-SEARCH) out requesting that UPnP devices advertise themselves to the solicitor.

                                          When a device replies to the M-SEARCH message it sends a unicast message to the IP & port that the M-SEARCH message was sent from.

                                          There is no way for a WP7 application using UdpAnySourceMulticastClient or Socket to listen on the correct port, thus requiring a great deal of time to be spent in any UPnP application when doing device discovery.

                                          Proper socket…

                                          23 votes
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