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  1. 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.

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      6 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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.

      8,664 votes
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        366 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.

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

        For creating more contact centric views of contacts

        903 votes
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          43 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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 :)

          2,389 votes
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            41 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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.

            420 votes
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              8 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  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.

              252 votes
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                2 comments  ·  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.

                223 votes
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                  3 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Textbox control for ApplicationBar like IE

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

                  244 votes
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                    3 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.

                    302 votes
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                    • Access to the Light and proximity Sensors

                      Access to the Light and proximity Sensors Please.

                      419 votes
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                        5 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings 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.

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                          7 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Custom keyboard via code

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

                          2,187 votes
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                            20 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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.

                            916 votes
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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.

                            • 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.

                              887 votes
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                                15 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  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!

                                • 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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                                    9 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Allows software products from the same Publisher, accessing IsolatedStorage

                                    Want to have a feature. Allows software products from the same Publisher, accessing IsolatedStorage. And can communicate with each other. Start each other (optional), which can be expanded larger developers ideas and more powerful than iOS and Android system.

                                    This can save storage space, unified data storage location.

                                    Or another form. Developers can provide their main program with subroutine. Subroutines can be run separately. Main program can manage/run program. In this way, developers can provide independent extension to process the data.

                                    Wish to consider this kind of system design.

                                    PS: above I use the online translation feature.

                                    185 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Thank you for the suggestion. 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.

                                      Note that today, publishers can use server side comms/services to accomplish this type of solution, but this is not yet possible for logic that occurs entirely on the device.

                                      Keep those suggestions and votes coming!

                                    • 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!

                                      • 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 →
                                        • APIs for Geofencing and location-based reminders

                                          Microsoft should expose GPS based API's that can trigger after say 5 min or 10 min departure from a specific GPS location. This would be very usefull in apps in customizing the reminders.

                                          185 votes
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