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  1. Detect whether user has rated the app or not

    As a developer, the only way to increase app ratings and review is to prompt user.

    At present there are no APIs to detect whether a user has rated the app or not. Some users get annoyed and down rate the app due to this very reason.

    This is a very basic piece of functionality that has been missing for long.

    Please provide us a simple API that gives us this information.

    Alternative for us to continue work towards this http://invokeit.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/detect-whether-user-has-reviewed-your-app-or-not-wpdev/ however I am not keen on this purely because I can see this being abused very easily.

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      5 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Please distribute the development device for developers of Japan

      At the moment, Windows Phone 8 device does not sell in Japan. On the contrary, in the plight to be distributed (which do not apply the technical regulations conformity certification) devices that do not sell in Japan that do not emit radio waves in Japan to developers, Microsoft Japan will use a device satisfactorily I can not. If there is no plan to sell to the general user in Japan for some time to come, I would like to be governed by the laws of Japan, the sale of development for the device. And if not, you should consider as…

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        0 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Documentation for App URI Schemes

        The windows phone developer site should have a place where app developers can search for URI schemes used in other windows phone apps, and get relevant documentation for them.

        When submitting an app the store submission process should prompt you to link to documentation for any URI schemes your app includes in the manifest file, or mark them as private URIs if you don't want to document them.

        This idea came from a conversation around Matt Lacey's blog post: http://mrlac.eu/1lxwDi4 where he found over 300 URI schemes from some of the top apps in the store, many of which do…

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          2 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • How many users are using which version of my app?

          I have released several versions of my app throughout its life cycle. Knowing how many users are using which version of my app would be great.

          Something like: %10 is using version 1.0.0.0, %20 is using version 1.1.0.0, %70 is using version 1.1.1.0 etc. on my dashboard.

          78 votes
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          • WPSDK 8 support on Windows 8 - Develop WP 8 apps on Windows 7

            I think you should allow Windows 7 computer owners the ability to develop Windows 8 phone apps. They have a device to develop on, I believe the only thing you can't do is use the emulator. I have everything up and running, except VS express 2012 won't recognize my windows 8 phone and deploy to it, so I can test my app. Can I manually place the .xap file using file explorer, or is there some way to fix this? It gives me this error 'Microsoft.SmartDevice.Connectivity.PlatformNotFoundException'
            Is it possible to fix this?

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              2 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add WebAuthenticationBroker to WP7 and WP8

              Port over the Windows 8 Class "WebAuthenticationBroker" from Windows 8.

              68 votes
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              • Add "never" in lockscreen timeout, when the Phone is connected to PC

                Please, add "never" in lockscreen timeout when the Phone is connected to PC, but I'm not debugging my app (I.E. I'm writing code)

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                  3 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • support to save audio file to medialibrary

                  This will benefit for applications which create audio, or recording voice, it will be easy and unified way to export audio files instead of create extra server program.

                  42 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Trial feature should be built-in.

                    The trial feature should be built-in with automatic enforcement, user prompting, disabling, etc, just as it is in the Windows Store.

                    In the Windows store, I can choose trial mode for my app, and then pick the number of days I want the trial to last. From there, everything is taken care of for me. If the user uninstalls during a trial, it tracks this fact and prevents them from starting a new trial later.

                    Contrast this with the Windows Phone world, where the developer indicates trial mode in the store, but has to manually track the number of days…

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                      0 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Preserve exif information of Images while saving in Isolated storage or Media library

                      We can access exif info (limited) using a Picture object when dealing with Media library. But if we try to save an Image within app inside Media library or some Isolated storage we can't prserve exif info of that image. A better manipulation of exif APIs will be very helpfull. Read the given link for more details: http://forums.create.msdn.com/forums/p/84673/510718.aspx#510718

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                        1 comment  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Screenshot Hotkey in Emulator

                        It is physically impossible for me to play my game in the emulator and capture an image of it that actually represents what gameplay looks like.

                        My game is controlled by the Accelerometer and has very rapid gameplay that makes switching from using the Accelerometer to Screenshot tab and actually capturing a screenshot impossible. It simply doesn't work. In order to take the screenshot it takes 2 mouse clicks and about half a second. If I am lucky I can do it before my character dies, even then though the player is just moving in a straight line to nowhere…

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                        • Show app review rating worldwide!

                          I understand that it makes sense to only show app reviews only in those countrys were they come from. E.g. a German review should only be shown in Germany (and maybe in Switzerland and Austria). What I don't understand is, that you also showing the app rating in countries, were they come from.

                          For example: An app has 20 ratings. 15 from Germany (all with 4 stars), 1 from USA (1 star) and 4 from France (5 stars)

                          If you now open the app in the Windows Phone Store from Germany, you will see a total app review rating of…

                          31 votes
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                          • Allow beta to release

                            When an application is cooked, it needs to be re-published as release version in DevCentre. A one-click "publish as release" would be useful for developers.

                            27 votes
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                            • WP7 Notify App when call ends

                              When user is with in an app and there is an active call in progress the App should receive notification when call ends. Currently there is no support for this and really hard to understand when the call ends. This for example can be used to show meeting minutes screen as soon as a call finishes. I see more uses than simple example I have mentioned below.

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                              • paid app migrate in app purchase

                                Allow for a Migration path from Paid App to Free App with In-App-Purchase so users of the paid app don't lose their Features when changing to the free app.

                                26 votes
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                                • Install apps from store to WP8 Emulator

                                  Why can't I install apps downloaded manually from Store to emulator using XAP Deploy app?

                                  25 votes
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                                  • Make the emulator emulate the ARM CPU, like in WinMobile

                                    Now that native development is an option, it's very frustrating that one can't debug the native code that's being executed on the device without a real device.

                                    Back in the Windows Mobile/CE days, Microsoft had a Device Emulator that would faithfully emulate an ARM CPU and would execute exactly that same code that eventually went to the device. This capability was essential for certain low-level tasks like native crash investigation, debugging stack clobbering scenarios, deep optimization with inline assembly (e. g. for NEON) and such. Now that capability is lost. Please bring it back.

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                                    • Page Transition Effects API support

                                      We need High Performance Page Transition Effects support !!!

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                                        • Windows Phone Tools Self-Install instead of Web-Install

                                          It would be very nice to be able to download the entire Windows Phone Tools and install it, instead of having to use the web for installation. I am a teacher and having to install it this way for the entire lab takes forever.

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