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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.

    286 votes
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      5 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…

      120 votes
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        2 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Emulating Camera

        It would be extremely helpful if the emulator could use webcams as camera emulation. Otherwise AR scenarios are hard to develop without a range of devices. It has become even more needed with the addition of WXGA and the different scalings in WP8.

        89 votes
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          1 comment  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • SD Card APIs to create/write/delete files

          In my application some data required to save on disk, There is limited storage in Phone memory, I just need api to write or create files folder wise on external memory like memory card..

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

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

            65 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?

              64 votes
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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.

                62 votes
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                • Show queue position and estimated time for app submissions

                  Hi,

                  so there are a lot of discussions about "Certification takes too long".
                  It would be helping if we can see somewhere the queue position/estimated time remaining of our submissions in the dev center.
                  I think it is better to know how ~long I have to wait instead of just waiting and no end in sight.

                  Guys, what do you think?

                  48 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)

                    47 votes
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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 →
                      • 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…

                          35 votes
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                          • Make Dev Process Easier

                            Why are you making it so hard for developers to build WP8 apps?
                            Let me please tell you my experience. I'm not a full time developer and coding just for fun in my free time. Playing around with my new WP8 I got the idea for an app that would make life easier for me and could be interesting for other people as well. So I wanted to give it a try and start with developing my first app. I want my app to be free - free apps for free people! So I headed to the WP8 Dev Portal…

                            35 votes
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                              5 comments  ·  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…

                              33 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.

                                27 votes
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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…

                                  25 votes
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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.

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                                    • Page Transition Effects API support

                                      We need High Performance Page Transition Effects support !!!

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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?

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