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  1. SMS Access API

    Please, provide a way to backup the texts.
    Or, at least, provide a API access to the texts to allow developers to implement an application for SMS backing up.

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      368 comments  ·  Communication APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Currently, the platform provides a number of SMS Access from a system eventing perspective (as of Windows Phone 8.1), and Windows Phone supports sms backup/restore for consumers as part of the base OS (Settings → Backup). What we don’t provide is a backup API.

      Using SMS events: Check out the Build 2014 session (http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2014/2-518) or MSDN docs on background tasks (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsphone/develop/hh977056.aspx)

      Although the capabilities are there from a consumer perspective (the core ask for the suggestion), I’m marking this as ‘Under Review’ for the API perspective. The team is aware of the ask and it is something that is being considered.

    • Extend the API to query phone volume and vibration settings, maybe even set them.

      Currently, when developing a alarm clock app, there is no way to tell if the user has his phone set to vibrate only, so a soundeffect set by the user is played even if he has set his phone to vibrate. I find this very confusing, even though the builtin alarm clock behaves the same way.
      This would also be good to have for games, so when you launch a game in a quiet environment not all heads turn the user's way :)

      2,392 votes
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        41 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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!

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          10 comments  ·  XNA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Custom keyboard via code

          Allow to developers create a custom keyboard. eg. choose letters and numbers together

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            20 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Universal Plug and Play Framework - UPnP / DLNA

            Please add full support for UPnP 1.1 / DLNA for third-party applications - perhaps even DPWS for potential future devices. The phone as a media / device controller is growing in popularity (ex: Sonos controllers).

            1,787 votes
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              11 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Thank you for the suggestion and commentary. While we have made progress on this front in the 8.0 developer platform, this suggestion is still not fully implemented. That being said, know that it is high on the consideration list for future Windows Phone releases.

              Keep those suggestions and votes coming!

            • Remove Appointment.IsPrivate limitation

              if an user creates an Appointment marking it as private, the Windows Phone 7.5 standard Calendar app shows it as usual, with the flag 'personal' (and not 'private', not in the Italian translation at least) checked.

              but a thirdy app cannot show it properly, because if Appointment.IsPrivate = true, then Appointment.Subject and Appointment.Details are null.

              in my opinion, the 'personal' - or 'private' - flag is meant to control Appointment visibility to shared calendars with other users - think at my shared calendar with my wife and an Appointment to buy her a gift. infact, if I create a Google…

              1,201 votes
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                8 comments  ·  Phone Data Store APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Enable Offline Storage for Maps Control Tiles

                The TileSource class enables developers to provide custom tile sources for the Bing Maps control (such as OpenStreetMap), but requires an absolute URI to provide tiles. Given the frequently disconnected nature of WP7 applications, it would be better if it was possible to provide tiles from isolated storage to enable map downloading and access to maps when offline.

                973 votes
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                  19 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Support File Explorer with transfer to PC option for developers

                  Sometimes it's usefull to explore and tranfer back files generated in app that's running on phone/emulator back to the developer PC, without additional coding.

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                    14 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Thank you for the commentary thus far. We are not adding this capability into the WPSDK 8.0 tooling release, but know that it is on the consideration list for future Windows Phone releases.

                    As mentioned in the comments, there are a variety of ways of accomplishing access via the included Isolated Storage Explorer and a variety of community tools. Marking this as ‘under review’ to keep it on the tools team radar for improving this experience in the future.

                  • Please - allow readonly access to Call History and Text History

                    For creating more contact centric views of contacts

                    915 votes
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                      43 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Provide low-level NFC API for NDEF formatting and (un)locking tags

                      Currently Windows Phone 8 supports only NDEF formatted NFC tags. It's not possible to NDEF format blank tags, lock or unlock existing tags.
                      I bought once pack of NFC tags on eBay, but they were not NDEF formatted, so I had to find a way how to format them. I found on Twitter a guy with NFC equipped Android phone and he formatted these tags for me. Windows Phones should be able to do this as well.

                      896 votes
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                        15 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add a GrantAccountAccessTask for obtaining temporary access to social media accounts

                        Social networking APIs, like Facebook, are constantly adding new features. Proving access to the authentication directly (even if it were temporary) would allow applications to use the most up-to-date social networking SDK to provide better features for their users.

                        A "GrantAccountAccessTask" could, for example, ask the user for temporary access (including what permissions are needed). If the user did not have an account configured for that provider, they could be given the chance to create one (or simply redirected to the social network providers website).

                        746 votes
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                          12 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add HTTP accept-encoding gzip header support in WebClient

                          As of now, it's not possible to set the accept-encoding header : it would be so usefull to be able to set gzip compression to save bandwidth especially on 3G !

                          729 votes
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                            20 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Thank you for the suggestion and commentary. While we have not fully implemented this capability in the 8.0 release, the team tells me that it is possible to set this for GETs in this release. That being said, please know that this is also definitely on the consideration list for future Windows Phone releases.

                            Keep those suggestions and votes coming!

                          • 669 votes
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                              16 comments  ·  Phone Data Store APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • internal search engine

                              it would be nice to have a search engine so we can use keywords to find different items in our smartphone. i had that option in my nokia n97 and used it a lot.

                              620 votes
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                                6 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Access to sub-calendar of account to recover Name and color

                                Currently we have only access to the name and the type of an account.
                                If a user has defined sub calendar, we are not able to recover the name and the color of the sub-calendar.
                                This prevent us from creating a good display of appointment. We are not able to distinguish appointment from the different sub calendar.
                                For one account, we can only defined one color for ALL sub-calendar

                                596 votes
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                                  4 comments  ·  Phone Data Store APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • XAML for live tiles

                                  Allow developers to implement an interface(s) on a user control and "submit" that instead of just filling in a tile data structure. This will make tiles truly "live" and open up the live of WP7 to new applications. This is also completely secure because the runtime can analyze the class (and it's IL) being submitted. A bevy of restrictions can also be heaped on the said user control in order to maintain performance and not sap battery life. Let Live tiles be live, please.

                                  571 votes
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                                    7 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Keep sockets running until app is officially closed

                                    I was excited about sockets support until I found out that on every single app I downloaded that use sockets, if I switch to a different app, the start screen, or turn off my phone's display, the socket disconnects. This sucks, for a number of reasons.

                                    When switching away from my app, *as long as my app is still in the task switcher*, I want to be able to suspend the UI while maintaining my socket connection (and any necessary base operations required to do so). I don't want to have to reconnect to IRC or SSH or RDP every…

                                    435 votes
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                                      10 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Thank you for the suggestion and commentary. We are not adding this capability in the 8.0 release, but know that it is high on the consideration list for future Windows Phone releases as we look at continuing to improve the background execution experience for apps.

                                      Keep those suggestions and votes coming!

                                    • App Hub登録審査に日本人、もしくは日本文化に精通している人を少なくとも一人は配置してほしい

                                      ここのところアプリ登録が増えているせいか、無碍な理由でApp Hub審査落ちして一週間無駄にした、というような話をよく耳にするようになってきました。

                                      例:
                                      アルファベット混じりのアプリが複数言語混在問題で審査に落ちる
                                      http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/ja-JP/wpmarketplaceja/thread/ccc0be72-9eb9-4853-9aeb-e4bbdaf3aa87

                                      日本でWPが出荷される前ならまだしも、もし本気で日本語Marketplaceを運営する気があるのならば、もしWindows Phoneを日本のマジョリティに普及させる気があるのならば、絶対に必要な条件だと思います。

                                      別件ですがW-8BENの登録手続きに関しても同様の問題があると思います。

                                      431 votes
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                                        4 comments  ·  App Platform - Japan  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add EAP-TLS Authentication support for WiFi

                                        Add EAP-TLS Authentication support for WiFi

                                        Many organizations use EAP-TLS Wireless authentication using certificates and right now Windows Phone 7.5 does not support it.

                                        426 votes
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                                          4 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Thank you for the suggestion and commentary; I’m pleased to mark this suggestion as ‘Started’.

                                          As announced at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference and on the Windows Phone Blog, enterprise wi-fi support with EAP-TLS is coming to Windows Phone with the Windows Phone enterprise feature pack, with an announced delivery in the first half of 2014.

                                          For more information, please refer to the Windows Phone team blog at:
                                          http://blogs.windows.com/windows_phone/b/windowsphone/archive/2013/07/10/making-windows-phone-an-even-better-choice-for-business.aspx

                                        • Integrate BackgroundAudioPlayer and XNA MediaLibrary

                                          Allow the BackgroundAudioPlayer to play tracks from the MediaLibrary. Or allow applications that implement the XNA MediaPlayer class to run in the background.

                                          422 votes
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