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  1. 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!

    2,371 votes
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      10 comments  ·  XNA  ·  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 →
      • 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.

        42 votes
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          2 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Allow Developers to 'roll back' to a previous update without re-certification

          Occasionally an update to an app gets past developer & certification testing and is released into the wild. Even if the bug is an easy fix for the developer it will take the certification team the standard 4+ days to certify the new build and publish it.

          Instead of this we should be allowed to roll back to a previously published version without going through certification. That way the users will be back on a stable release (or will not be prompted for an update if they were still on the previous release) and the developer will not feel rushed…

          225 votes
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            6 comments  ·  Dev Center - use Dev Center forum  ·  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.

            31 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 使用微软账户开启手机

              如果用户忘记了本地密码是不是很麻烦呢,这时候如果能通过“使用微软账户开启手机”是不是一个很人性化的选项呢?
              并且,也请在微软wp8网站中加入此功能,用于远程登录手机。

              52 votes
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                11 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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 →
                • Fix MediaStreamSource in Windows Phone 8.1

                  When creating an app that uses MediaStreamSource to stream audio in Windows Phone 8.0, everything works just great. When porting this app to Windows Phone 8.1, the sound is flickering and its components are "stack overflow"-ing.

                  Here is a discussion on MSDN forums:
                  http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/wpapps/en-US/37ac0ed7-1884-4251-9914-07fae6467b98/mediastreamsource-not-working-properly-in-windows-phone-81?forum=wpdevelop

                  And here is a sample project source code:
                  https://wp8libflac.codeplex.com/

                  18 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Bugs  ·  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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                      0 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Provide a low-level API for Bluetooth LE (useful for beacons and RSSI)

                      It would be very useful to have a low-level API for Bluetooth LE, because it would allow us to design applications that make use of some very interesting features of Bluetooth LE, like Observer and Broadcaster roles. With such an API it would be possible for example to scan for beacons.

                      Windows CE had such a low-level API, built on top of HCI (Host Controller Interface).

                      11 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Ability to send SMS from code without user input

                        Me and two friends of mine created an app that won in a Windows Hackathon held by Microsoft Cyprus. We actually won the Hackathon without finishing our app due to limitations of Windows phone API. We need some sort of API to automatically send an SMS. The reason for it to be automatic is because this is for cases when the owner of the phone is unable (asleep or something similar) to do so. If you are concerned about security reasons a good implementation of this API would be to always notify the user that a message from that application…

                        135 votes
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                          3 comments  ·  Communication APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Urdu Language Support

                          Currently windows phone does not support Urdu language. You should provide Urdu keyboard support in platform because there is large number of windows phone users in Pakistan and India who prefer to use Urdu language. If you can't then at least allow developers to make custom keyboard for their apps so that users can write in Urdu language to create email, texts etc.

                          12 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add Paypal as a payment method for PubCenter / Windows Store earnings.

                            Add Payoneer as the payment method for Windows Phone Store / Windows Store / PubCenter earnings.

                            107 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Dev Center - use Dev Center forum  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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.

                              25 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                  0 comments  ·  Camera + Video APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Windows Phone 8.1 - Contact search not working

                                  Windows Phone 8.1 Dev Preview - When I type in a name to search for, it shows no results, regardless of what I am searching for. I have a business email account with thousands of contacts. Typing "A" (or any letter for that matter) returns no results.

                                  6 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Is it Possible to change how sms is handled by the phone?

                                    For a long time now i have wondered why Phone platforms do not allow you to change how sms messages are used.

                                    for example a spam folder! number blocking things like that. i would like to think a lot of people are looking for this to start coming in to phone platforms.

                                    thank you.

                                    9 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Communication APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Fix unreliable Geolocator implementation

                                      The new Geolocator API and implementation is so unreliable, that it can't be used with any confidence in a product. Problems I have encountered:

                                      1) While using PositionChanged event Geolocator.ReportInterval seems to be ignored. The simulator does a reasonable job of honouring the reporting interval, phones seem to ignore it completely e.g. ReportInterval set to 1 second, the phone would regularly take 30 - 45 seconds and sometimes minutes to report.
                                      As a developer I expect the ReportInterval to be honoured with a high degree of accuracy. If the Phone doesn't have an accurate location, simply return what it does…

                                      6 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Full file manager is missing in WindowsPhone8

                                        Hi. I'm using a Windows 8 phone and have the latest developer update Gdr3. I'm frustrated because of the windows phone limitation. What is the fun in keeping such limitations. My concern is why is windows phone lacking the most needed file manager which is found in phones launched before 5 years. Although windows phone is very fast and has great response as compared to the latest phones. But... I cannot save downloaded files to desired locations. while replying to an email,there is no option of attaching documents, videos, other files except photos. Even the Microsofts site doesn't allow you…

                                        59 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow to have a limited time price offer

                                          currently we can't change and schedule the price for a limited time (free or 50% off ...) . If you change the price, it need to pass certification again.

                                          It was good if we could set the app or in-app product to be free for one day for example and return back after that.

                                          18 votes
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