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  1. Allow apps to communicate with each other in background

    Allow apps to communicate with each other in background.
    For security could limit this to apps from same publisher (you are not going to hack\send malicious data to your own app). And for Enterprise enrolled devices, MDM policy can set list of safe publishers.

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      0 comments  ·  Communication APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Camera Auto-Upload Broken

      Implementing the Auto-Upload feature in a Silverlight 8.1 application causes the application to not be clickable in the Auto Upload settings menu within the phones settings.

      For more information see -> http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsapps/en-US/2ebba203-dae1-409e-940e-14e33b422a21/auto-upload-app-not-launching-in-settings-page?forum=wpdevelop

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        0 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Improved App Manifest Resources Test

        When submitting a WP 8.1 app, it is possible to submit an app that passes certification if there are visual elements referenced in package.appmanifest that aren't present in the package, i.e.

        <m3:SplashScreen Image="Assets\Splashscreen.png" />

        The app will pass certification, but when anybody tries to install the app from the store the install will fail. Certification, or package analysis on upload should be updated to check for referenced resources that aren't present in the package.

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          1 comment  ·  Dev Center Portal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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          • Implement HttpListener Class

            Please implement the HttpListener class so that we can run REST based controls (similar to Xbox Smartglass) for our own apps?

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              0 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Render Image from UIElement in Background task to update live tile

              One of the things that makes Windows Phone unique is all the different custom live tiles that developers could make by rendering UIElements into images and updating the live tile with them. In Windows Phone 8.1 WinRT, there's a new rule that developers can only render UIElements that are in the VisualTree. This means that developers can't render UIElements from a background task, which is very important to us developers who want to provide a custom live tile for our users.

              Please remove the restriction that a UIElement needs to be in the VisualTree.

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              • Render Image from UIElement in Background task to update live tile

                One of the things that makes Windows Phone unique is all the different custom live tiles that developers could make by rendering UIElements into images and updating the live tile with them. In Windows Phone 8.1 WinRT, there's a new rule that developers can only render UIElements that are in the VisualTree. This means that developers can't render UIElemnts from a background task, which is very important to us developers who want to provide a custom live tile for our users.

                Please remove the restriction that a UIElement be in the VisualTree in order to render it.

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                • please release lock screen api to everyone

                  Please release lock screen api for all developers,treat every devs equally

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                  • Provide proper reporting in PubCenter

                    Currently PubCenter does not allow us to run custom reports with enough relevant data. There is no way for us to see how many requests came from a particular county and how many impressions were served per country/region. Please enhance reporting capabilities in PubCenter to allow for more deeper data analysis around the successfulness of the ads we run in our apps.

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                      0 comments  ·  Store Center + Publication  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Fix photos app

                      So far i have tried three different apps and I cannot access my pre windows phone 8.1 photos. This needs fixing as a number 1 priority.

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                        0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • we are publishing the same apps in Windows Phone Store and Windows App Store. Now we want to bundle these Apps. Unfortunately we are not abl

                        we are publishing the same apps in Windows Phone Store and Windows App Store. Now we want to bundle these Apps. Unfortunately we are not able to set the prices in both marketplace same way. In Windows App Store we can choose the price tier. For all countries prices are automatically set. In Windows Phone Store we are able to set the price for each county separately. We need this also in Windows App Store because:
                        1. Exchange rate between US$ and € is too low. The rate is set to 1-1. Because we calculate our prices in € we…

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                          0 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • MediaElement YouTube extension !

                          Extend the MediaElement to support YouTube videos, so simple. Most probably you will have to collaborate with Google but this is the challenge! Unleash the developers power, the Store is going to win!

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                            0 comments  ·  Windows Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Package.appxmanifest Content URIs

                            Let normal http:// URIs to be able to send notifications to the app using the window.external.notify and not only the https:// URIs. Give the power to the developer to decide if a page is allowed to use the ScriptNotify event or not!

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                              0 comments  ·  Windows Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • wifi no push service

                              in wp8.1 dev preview theres a bug with the push service. when i´m on mobile data connection, i get all my notifications, when i´m on wifi there is no connection to the push server. no i found a workaround for myself, when i turn off the mobile data connection manually the push over wifi works. but on wp 8.0 gdr 3, the system recognized automaticly wich connection i´m using and turn the push service automaticly on cellular or on wifi. everytime it works, with wp 8.1 dev preview it doesn´t.

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                                0 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Clipboard API

                                Please provide a way to access the content on the clipboard programmatically. Right now, retrieving content from the clipboard in a windows phone app raises an security exception (ref: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/library/windows/apps/system.windows.clipboard(v=vs.105).aspx). Note that this is not an issue in windows store apps or desktop apps. One faces this restriction only in the windows phone app.

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                                  0 comments  ·  Phone Data Store APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Provide a way to format RSS feed content in appstudio

                                  Currently when I create an app to display RSS feeds, there seems to be very minimal things we can do with the feed is displayed and what the Onclick events can do. Would love to have the functionality to:
                                  1) Format the text - at least the size of the titles when users click on the links
                                  2) Ability to display the actual content from the link when user clicks on the URL from one of the items from the feed.

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                                  • Provide a way to get list of installed applications on the phone

                                    Provide a way to get list of installed applications on the phone

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                                    • Allow Developer to get the users chosen Regional Format

                                      So, acutally how the get / respect the Users Regional Format settings?
                                      I started the windows phone 8.1 emulator with the following configuration for testing purpose:

                                      UI Language: German,
                                      Region: US,
                                      Format Settings: Irish.

                                      I have found no way to get the Information, that the user has set his format settings to irish. And my only wish is to format a DateTime like the user wants to see it. Regional Format does not automaticly mean the region i set the device to or the UI Langauge i chose. On my Devices i set the UI to english but want to…

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                                      • [bug] blank page for single page application

                                        While I was building a web application, I've noticed that single page applications with this url:
                                        http://www.contoso.com/!#/
                                        will display blank page and only a refresh will load the page again

                                        can you please check that?
                                        thank you

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                                          1 comment  ·  Web Browser Control APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • winrt popup to have isVisible properties

                                          Would allow binding to isvisible in an mvvm scenario. Possibly some other property named parent to choose where popup is revealed from. again suitable for mvvm.

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