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  1. Allow multiple Microsoft Accounts to manage a Dev Center Publisher account

    For corporate accounts, sometimes there is a need for more than 1 live id to access the dev. center. For example, more than 1 person from development team needs access to the portal as well as the development lead. Currently, all these people need to share the same live-id which is totally impractical as it can be a personal live id of a manager and he is not willing to share it with others. It would be really nice if access can be given to other live ids as well!

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      37 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Textbox control for ApplicationBar like IE

      Add a Textbox control for the ApplicationBar like in the Internet Explorer.

      815 votes
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        4 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow direct dialing on PhoneCallTask

        Allow users to choose if they want the "call/don't call" prompt dialog when an app invokes PhoneCallTask.

        Fast dialing apps are killed by this limitation.

        The same way a user can grant for background tasks, he could grant the app permissions to make direct dialing.

        907 votes
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        • Rate and Review enhancement

          The Windows Phone dev center seriously needs an enhancement to Rate and Review options. There are many features that can be added to improve the whole experience from a developer's perspective.

          Web portal enhancements:

          1) Ability for Dev to contact the reviewer
          At times a certain feature isn't clear what is going wrong, or additional info is required from the reviewers. Developers should be given ability to communicate option to email reviewers.
          If you do not want to display / expose email addresses, consider using Amazon / Ebay member communication mechanism which effectively hides private email address whilst allowing communication. …

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            15 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Show a paid app w/ a "trial" option in the "free apps" category

            When I create a paid app with a trial option, many users blow right by it because it doesn't show up in the "free" category even though a light version of the app is free (via the trial).

            Some people are resorting to the super-inefficient Apple app store method of releasing 2 versions of the app... one that shows up in the "free" category and another that runs as a paid app. The "trial" is a fantastic concept, but it is hobbled by this oversight

            1,376 votes
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              38 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Prepaid codes for WP apps - Promo Codes for Reviewers

              This has been in xbox arcade for awhile now and would be a good addition to the WP marketplace. Would be much easier to promote a paid app when you can give out a few free copies to people!

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

                Thanks for the suggestion and the comments. I should have done this sooner, but marking it as ‘under review’ to [at least] acknowledge it.

                This is definitely something that we are hearing as a need, and it is definitely high up on the feature consideration list as the team looks at releases.

              • 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).

                1,931 votes
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                  12 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!

                • Custom keyboard via code

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

                  3,058 votes
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                    28 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • SMS Access API

                    Please provide an API that provides access to the texts to allow developers to implement an application to enable scenarios such as reading or archiving SMS messages.

                    9,179 votes
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                      385 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.

                    • API to directly modify system properties (wifi, mobile data, bluetooth, volume, airplane mode, etc.) instead of using launchers

                      This can be made safe for users by making the certification requirements very strict when utlizing those APIs with requirements for very clear, concise notice to the users.

                      1,060 votes
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                        13 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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 :)

                        3,049 votes
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                          47 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Please - allow readonly access to Call History and Text History

                          For creating more contact centric views of contacts

                          1,197 votes
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                            54 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • API for WiFi Connectivity

                            Wifi Connectivity API Handel's:
                            1. Getting List of Available WiFi Connections and Details.
                            2. Search for new WiFi Device.
                            3. Sending A File to Selected WiFi Device.
                            4. Sending A File through application to Application using WiFi connection.

                            206 votes
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                              4 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add a SavePng extension to WriteableBitmap (similar to SaveJpeg)

                              When you create a tile dynamically, it is common to want to save it as a Png file so that it uses transparency (so that it respects the theme accent color).
                              However, there is no built in method to save a WriteableBitmap as a png.
                              There is however a nice extension to save it to jpg, but that doesn't help if you want to use transparency to leverage the theme accent color in your tile.

                              I think many apps that need to generate a tile dynamically will encounter this issue.

                              273 votes
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                                3 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  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.

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                                  9 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Hi Ananth, we absolutely understand the desirability of this feature. However, our team must carefully balance the power and flexibility that we offer developers, with the consistency and performance of the most prominent screen on the device: Start.

                                  We are currently exploring ways to host a light-weight XAML engine in a memory constrained way, but there are a number of technical limitations making this a non-trivial problem. Memory usage on 512 MB devices, resolving ValueConverters that live within an apps’ assembly, exposing storyboards/animations in a consistent/performant way, are just a few examples. We look forward to updating you once we’ve been able to draw a definitive answer!

                                • Pay non-US developers through local MS office to make tax easier

                                  At the moment, developers planning to sell apps need to have a US tax ID (ITIN, I think?), which can be awkward to get if you're based outside the US. In the AppHub forums, several developers have said that they've paid for certified copies of passports etc to support their applications to the IRS, but are being rejected. Obviously, I'm not keen on starting this process with no guarantee that it will actually work, and I imagine that it's putting off a lot of prospective developers.

                                  Is it practical to pay non-US developers through a local MS office, so that…

                                  528 votes
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                                    15 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Windows 8 like Search Contract for Search Button

                                    It would be nice to have a SearchContract so the Bing Key could be more usefull. You could enter you search term and either press enter to bing for it or scroll down a list of search contract enabled applications blow the Textbox and tap the application you want to search. Of cause the nice images in the background wouldn't make that much sense anymore but the usabilty would be a lot better.

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                                      4 comments  ·  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…

                                      412 votes
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                                        8 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Thanks folks for the suggestion and the on-going commentary. We’re marking this as ‘under review’ to acknowledge that the team is aware of this request. This is a very complicated/hard item for implementation, and there is a general feel that the new accelerated certification process alleviates much of the need (as an update can be published, for most folks, in less than an hour – rather than in 4 days).

                                        That being said, continue to weigh in on the comments section.

                                      • 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.

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                                          11 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • PasswordBox with Number only keyboard

                                          it would be helpfull to have a passwordBox like control which supports Number only keyboard. Numeric only passwords makes more sense for Smartphone world as its fast, convenient and easy to type.

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