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  1. Need (improved) Alarm & Reminder APIs in WP8.1 RunTime for creating Universal apps

    There's currently no way to create a universal app that has alarm/reminder functionality because these APIs are not included in the new WP RunTime.

    Also, the existing Alarm & Reminder APIs for WP8 are very limited. When they eventually get added into the new RunTime, can you guys please consider the following possible improvements?

    1. Able to select a song from Music Library as the alarm/reminder tone.
    2. Allow custom snooze time.
    3. Vibrate only support.
    4. Allow customizing the Alarm/Reminder popup.

    I raised a request on the uservoice site over a year and a half ago, it's got 15k…

    849 votes
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      61 comments  ·  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…

      379 votes
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        2 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Support To New Applications

        Platform should support new applications that are not big companies'. In these days all new applications don't appear in New+Rising category, and some new applications are dying. We have communicate with Microsoft Support about this situation and they said "We don't promise "New applications always enter New+Rising category" to developers. It is so embarrassing for small companies or freelance developers. You should support new applications, you should support us.

        72 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Store Center + Publication  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Emulate Bad Data Connection - v2.0

          I suggest to create another option that alternates "lost of signal" and "bad signal". Create an infinite loop that breakes the connection in a random time. From 1 to 10 sec, for example.

          A an ability to the emulator that can emulate a bad data connection so we can discover performance problems before our clients receive it. Things like throttling and dropouts

          The new emulators in the Windows Phone 8.1 tooling provide some excellent tools for emulating bad network connections, but there is no option to simulate broken connections

          73 votes
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            0 comments  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Pebble Watch Support

            Please add or allow support for the Pebble watch, will be the first smartwatch compatible with Windows Phone and a good companion for Windows Phone Devices.

            165 votes
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              11 comments  ·  Communication APIs  ·  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 →
              • Provide an API that can change the Start Background from code.

                Currently apps generate the picture, saves it to local storage, then users need to set the picture as the Start Background manually. An API that does this might be beneficial for both users and custom photo developers.

                What do you guys think?

                101 votes
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                  3 comments  ·  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 →
                  • XNA 5

                    Please continue to work on XNA. It's a great way for indie game developers like myself to make games and give them to the world. XNA gave us the ability to put our games, easily, on the most popular platforms, and to just dump XNA would be therefor heartbreaking... I implore you to keep working on XNA so we C# developers can still make amazing games!

                    2,949 votes
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                      16 comments  ·  XNA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • MediaCapture.InitializeAsync - throws unauthorized exception

                      It seems that there is a bug, which appeard after the last WP8.1 Update. MediaCapture.InitializeAsync keeps throwing UnathorizedException. I tested it on my previously (before the update) working example and MSDN sample.

                      30 votes
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                        5 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Throttle emulator to hardware specs of phone CPU + GPU

                        Create an option to simulate hardware specs like CPU+GPU.
                        Dual-core, quad-core, 1.2GHz, 1.5GHz, 2.2GHz, ...
                        The emulator is very very fast when I'm using it on my i7 4770. It would be good if we can at least optionally reduce the speed of the emulator to better reproduce real world devices.

                        77 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow On/Off button for any app to be placed into Action Center

                          Although the Action center quick settings are really useful, it's still quite limited - no option to toggle Mobile data or force Battery Saver.

                          It would be ideal to allow ANY developer to place his app On/Off button inside this Action Center, for instance:
                          - enable/disable Fitbit tracking
                          - turn lights on/off at home via light controlling app
                          - Start Xbox One remotely via Smartglass app
                          - and much more, the possibilities are endless!

                          Ideally it should be as powerful as Secondary tiles.

                          23 votes
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                            3 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Replace default camera application

                            As things stand today, Settings >> photos+camera only allows Microsoft + Nokia camera apps to become the default app.

                            I presume that other OEM camera apps would have similar privileges.

                            Please allow 3rd party camera apps e.g. my own 1shot camera app to be allowed to become default camera.

                            As these at present cannot be launched by camera button, their usability is affected.

                            70 votes
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                              4 comments  ·  Camera + Video APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • My app has started yestarday to show up at the complete end of ALL search results

                              My app is called "Chess Beauty 3D" and it was ranked very high in all related search results. It also does have many good reviews.

                              July 15th out of nowhere it has fallen down at the complete end of ALL search results, no matter what they are. It has also disappeared from the "new" and "best free" listings of its parent category (strategy+simulation) despite being very high in them just a day earlier.

                              It was ranked 5th at "chess", but at that day it fallen down by approximately 450 places to the complete end of that list. The same has…

                              40 votes
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                                6 comments  ·  Store Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Cortana API

                                It will be great to provide an API allowing developers to interact with Cortana following this workflow:
                                1- Get command from Cortana.
                                2- Do some processes.
                                3- Get back to Cortana with response data (do not exit from Cortana UI).
                                4- Cortana responds the user.
                                Please vote if you're interested by this feature request.

                                159 votes
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                                  4 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Fix media pipeline in Windows Phone 8.1

                                  The media pipeline seems to be broken in Windows Phone 8.1. It seems to have a lot of problems with memory management.

                                  When creating a background audio app that uses IMediaSource to stream audio in Windows Phone 8.1, the app's components eventually throw OutOfMemoryException and even StackOverflowException under some circumstances. When looking through the memory dumps, there's a lot of uncollected garbage inside.

                                  Here is a discussion on MSDN forums (see latter posts):
                                  http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/wpapps/en-US/37ac0ed7-1884-4251-9914-07fae6467b98/mediastreamsource-not-working-properly-in-windows-phone-81

                                  22 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add $0.49 IAP price point

                                    I think that having and IAP price point of $0.49 could be wildly attractive to end users and get more purchases for developers. Having $0.99 as the bottom for things like ad removal, when many *full apps* cost $0.99 can sometimes be a tough sell.

                                    21 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Notification Center Windows Phone 8.1

                                      Only the Wifi connection, airplane mode, the location can be activated, but why you cannot turn the data connection.

                                      137 votes
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                                        8 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  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 →
                                        • Continuous Integration - Dev Center API for updating (beta/normal) app xap files.

                                          It would be great to have opportunity to automate app distribution for beta and even normal apps that will be update by CI server. It could be just the REST API that will need some basic parameters and new xap file.

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                                            2 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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