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  1. 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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        0 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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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                0 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Paid apps not appearing in New+ Rising category

                Hello ,
                I have just experienced and investigated that paid apps don't appear on windows phone store in new+rising category , when accessed through windows phone devices. However, it do appears on windowsphone.com .
                Fellow developers might also experiencing the issues as my friends are experiencing this issue too.
                This issue need to be resolved immediately as it is effecting our app badly in store.

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                  0 comments  ·  Windows Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • web browser history

                  We are working on an application that measures the user's productivity by using various sources of data (e.g. Calendar, GPS, Contacts, Calls history, SMS, Web Browser history, running applications).

                  Currently, we can collect and process all above data in Android. In Windows Phone there are many limitations, like for example we cannot get list of visited urls from Internet Explorer.

                  Please give us ability to run background agent and collect the list of visited web sites in the default browser application (Internet Explorer).

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                    0 comments  ·  Enterprise  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • List of running applications (or at least current foreground app name)

                    We are working on an application that measures the user's productivity by using various sources of data (e.g. Calendar, GPS, Contacts, Calls history, SMS, Web Browser history, running applications).

                    Currently, we can collect and process all above data in Android. In Windows Phone there are many limitations, like for example we don't have any knowledge about running applications.

                    Please give us ability to run background agent and collect name of the current application in foreground. It will help us a lot.

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                      0 comments  ·  Communication APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Allow direct printing without Modern UI print dialog

                      In Windows Store apps there is no way to programmatically initiate a print job.

                      Under WPF, it is possible to initiate printing to the default printer by simply calling Print() on a properly configured PrintDocument object.

                      We have a popular photo booth app in the Windows Store. It is able to provide a fully automated photo booth experience for the user's event guests EXCEPT when it comes to printing. In order to print, the guests must leave the tailored kiosk experience and interact with the local print dialog.

                      If it were running under WPF, then it would simply print the…

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                        0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow support for two media elements to run at the same time.

                        I'd like to record an audio/video file while playing a audio file in the background. The reason I got into this is because I figured If any company could do it Microsoft could and then I find out that I can't. Now my killer app has to wait for windows to catch up again. I don't know if you have to have two sets of speakers or two microphones or a way to separate left speaker from right but It would make a whole lot of devs happy to be able to do this

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                          0 comments  ·  Controls  ·  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…

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                            0 comments  ·  Store Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add "nearest neighbor" scaling option for Images (similar to RenderOptions.BitmapScalingMode in WPF)

                            WinRT doesn't have an easy way to scale images with the nearest neighbor algorithm. When I have an image that will be zoomed in on, I don't want it to get anti-aliased, which is the forced current behavior in WinRT. If there was a feature like WPF's RenderOptions.BitmapScalingMode that supported specification of a nearest neighbor algorithm, it would fix the problem.

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                              0 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add TileMode and View* properties on TileBrush

                              In WinRT, the TileBrush class is missing the TileMode and View* properties that are present in other frameworks like WPF and Silverlight. Please add these properties so that we can support image tiling properly.

                              There are tons of requests for this over the past years. See this thread for an example:

                              http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsapps/en-US/bb5aa859-e3d1-46f2-a661-d4bdbee9a1f2/windowsuixamlmediaimagebrush?forum=winappswithcsharp

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                                0 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Source of lockscreen text

                                The Lockscreen text attribute should be separated out from Tile attributes.

                                To provide lockscreen text its necessary to use the WideBackContent attribute on the Flip tile.

                                But - if you have generated a custom tile and/or you don't want the tile to flip, then you cannot use the lockscreen text feature.

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                                • Your store rating and search system makes new application not visible to user

                                  The Windows Phone Store search and rating system didnt display my application even if I search for the name directly. This is really giving hard time for new developers for generating revenue.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Store Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Task for passing file to another app and have it pass it back

                                    Currently I'm developing an app for posting photos to a user's Picasa account. A user has requested that the app provide functionality to edit a given photo from their account and upload a new version.

                                    I don't think it's best of my resources to implement this functionality when there are so many great photo editing apps already on the market.

                                    I would like the ability to pass the photo from my app to an app (of the user's choice via an app picker) that supports the selected photo type. The user can then do some function within the selected app…

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                                      0 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Notification center improvement and more.

                                      A thing that would be increbible is that your phone make a sound when you whistle or Clap hands a certain pattern ( wich could be preseted by the phone owner ) so when you can't find your phone and you dont have a buddy around to text you, you can find it!
                                      Lockscreen:
                                      -Should be able to chose a tiny black outline around lettering so you can see what's written properly when you have a Clear/White lock screen.
                                      -Should be able to put transparent (saved in PGN) lockscreens like WP7.5
                                      Notification Center:
                                      -Should be able to control the screen…

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                                      • Data On/Off directly from the Notification center

                                        -Should be able to manage Data On/Off directly from the Notification center.

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                                        • Rollback the OneDrive integration on WP

                                          Please get back the old OneDrive integration to windows phone 8.1. It used to sync so fast and was able to view the pictures under photo albums easily. And now the app takes long time to load. The same happened with Facebook integration. It used to be good on 7.8. We could minimize or maximize the pictures but now we can only maximize. I purchased the windows phone because of the smooth integration but now we are slowly moving towards apps and no OS integration.

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