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  1. 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 :)

    4,076 votes
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      154 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.

      209 votes
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        4 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Custom keyboard via code

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

        3,232 votes
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          29 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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.

          282 votes
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            3 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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!

            553 votes
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              42 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Video Chooser Task

              It would be good to have a Video Chooser Task that works in the same way as the PhotoChooserTask. The reason for this is for users to be able to do things like apply filters, add audio tracks, crop out a relevant section, etc... of a recorded video and saving it back to the MediaLibrary. I assume saving to the MediaLibrary will be part of the AR functionality in mango anyway?

              346 votes
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                17 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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

                1,433 votes
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                  39 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  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.

                  926 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. …

                    1,015 votes
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                      15 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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.

                      1,094 votes
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                        13 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Please - allow readonly access to Call History and Text History

                        For creating more contact centric views of contacts

                        1,237 votes
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                          54 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.

                          9,277 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.

                          • 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.

                            463 votes
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                              11 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Vastly improve stack-trace reporting

                              Stack traces are great, but some more information could be added, and provided for each individual crash:
                              1. The version of the app that crashed
                              2. The date of the crash (exact time wouldn't hurt either)
                              3. The exact OS version it crashed on
                              4. The hardware it crashed on
                              5. The language (or some sort of region info) used by the phone it crashed on
                              6. Anything else that would help us isolate a problem when we can't reproduce a crash on our own phones or in the emulator.

                              266 votes
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                                6 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!

                                1,094 votes
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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.

                                • Support for submission packages

                                  A developer would like to ease the app submission process by being able to upload an app submission as a single archive package per submission. This archive (could be a ZIP file) should contain all of the meta-data (could be as an XML file) and supporting files (e.g., XAP, screenshots, etc.) that the Store team needs to ingest the app and provide it to the store. Apple provides a similar capability via iTunes Connect (https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/LanguagesUtilities/Conceptual/iTunesConnect_Guide/8_AddingNewApps/AddingNewApps.html).

                                  This capability would not only enhance the submission experience, but it would also allow for Store submissions to be added and tracked in…

                                  180 votes
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                                    6 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  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…

                                    482 votes
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                                      11 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!

                                    • Live Tile Update

                                      The Live Tile doesnt seem to update by itself for new items until i open the app and close it. No amount of rebooting/resetting seems to help. While Toast Notifications seem to work "real-time", the Live Tile update simply doesnt. To my mind this defeats the very purpose of a "Live" tile. Went through quite a few forums and this seems to be a common refrain. Using a Lumia 920.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Hi Anand, can you provide some additional information to help us look into this? Are you referring to a specific tile, or live tiles in general?

                                        Currently, Live Tiles are able to update every 30 minutes via a Background Task/Background Agent, or immediately via Push Notifications if the developer has offered that functionality. Please note that if your phone is in Battery Saver mode then live tiles might not update until battery saver has been turned off.

                                      • 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!

                                        • 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).

                                          769 votes
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