API to create emails with an attachment
Modify the email launcher API to add an attachement
Currently while replying to emails, not able to attach documents other than photos. This hampers email productivity.
I feel Email Apps should allow document(Docx,Excel and PDf) Document attachment either from local/Skydrive
I would like to attach more than an image from a new email or text message. I want to start a new email, and when I press the attachment icon, I want the choice to chose a document(s)
It is not possible to attach documents to a reply or attach a document if you start the mail in the mail app, rather than in the Office Hub.
It would be great if you could enable selecting other attachments than pictures in the mail app for new emails and replys.
Currently, it is too costly (implementation + operational costs) to send an attachment. An app should be possible to create a file (say a .kml file) in isolated storage and then pass the filename to EmailComposeTask.
Thank you for the suggestion and commentary. We are not adding this capability in the 8.0 release as an API, but know that it is high on the consideration list for future Windows Phone releases.
Keep those suggestions and votes coming!
I regret the day trading-in my SymbianBelle
Mr. E called it burning ship but you can attach any doc type in an email.
Christopher Snazell commented
It's kind of depressing that it's over 2 years since this was suggested without it appearing.
Here's a UK-centric example of why Windows Phone needs this (above & beyond feature parity with iOS 3). 3G & 4G cellular networks in the UK cover about 38% of the country's landmass. This is due to the fact that the frequencies these networks are on are sufficiently high that hills, trees & older buildings (of which the UK has many) are very effective at blocking these signals. This is basic physics.
Given that it is likely for the user to be outside of 3G/4G coverage when travelling, being able to compose an email, add an attachment & have it go into the phone's send queue to be sent when the queue can be serviced is pretty useful & user friendly.
The web-service based alternative requires the app to queue submissions and service them when a network becomes available either via a background agent, which the user or system might have disabled, or worse, when the app starts again which might be days after they think they've sent the email.
Having once central email send queue available via an API is simply more efficient & user friendly.
Better design? Yeah right, web service is not necessarily 'better', but you definitely need an web service - and it limits your options. Using emailing is straightforward solution.
Peter Wone commented
Another workaround which arguably is a better design is delegating to a web service. If you this you can pass the message subject and bodies as string and attachments as byte, and the full scale framework is at your disposal, including among many other things an elaborate version of MailMessage with all the capabilities you lament.
Honestly, people, this is hardly more than a nuisance, and you carry on like it's the end of the world. I can see why Microsoft isn't treating it as a big problem, it's not a showstopper.
What are you waiting for to implement this possibility???
I thought that i would buy a phone better than my iPhone... But this is simply ridiculos!!! I regret the day i didn't buy an android phone! And i read that is 2 years that are you dealing with this?? Are you insane? You are waiting to' lose al the customer?? I will do bad commercial of your phone
Peter Wone commented
Has it occurred to anyone to write their own? I did this back in the days when the desktop version of MailMessage was pretty lame, and it wasn't terribly hard to do. You read the RFC and you implement it. You don't even need to implement Base64 encoding, the Convert class will do it for you. Probably the toughest thing was negotiating authentication. You might even still find that code on CodeProject.
Over 2 years and this still hasn't been implemented. PLEASE implement this. I have a critical feature in my app that relies on this and I can't go to Store without it.
To Mr Cliff,
Please release this feature Asap, coz this is a must need feature for tapping enterprise customers, since the blackberry already sees a decline please come quick with a solution for this.
we as user's we end up paying extra money to buy solutions like mail plus which is of no use at the end of the day. Please please please come fast with a solutions at-least in GDR3.
Marco Mura commented
What the hell are you waiting for to implement this??
It requires almost nothing more on the API you already have!!
I'm basically waiting for this feature to release a WP8 port of an iOS game...
Attachment is a Must Have for Email Compose Task!!
How are we going to take over the phone app market without it.
In the middle of an app and required to add attachments to email to only find out that this is not possible!!! This is just insane!! Every time I'm learning something new with the WP8 sdk, it seems that something is buggy or missing or requires a work-around!! Extremely frustrating and disappointing at the same time!! Feels like this was rushed, not tested and very little thought went into the decision making!! How on earth can you release email without allowing to add attachment is beyond me? Please add this asap, this is just ridiculous!! Will resort in buying a toolkit for it as it cheap enough but by the look of things, it doesn't appear to be great! Read mad right now! And no, I cannot use a web service!!
@nani - Unfortunately, I can't provide updates on progress outside of the larger Windows Phone disclosure. As such, the best I can do is mark it as 'under review' to publicly acknowledge that we've seen the request and that it's been discussed internally. When folks make a public announcement on a feature or capability, then I can set things to 'started' (if we announced it as a beta or roadmap feature) or 'completed' (when we ship). Doing more than that would likely put me afoul with my PR team. :)
For how many days, will it be under review Mr. Cliff Simpkins. Could you please update the status to either rejected or under development as that would give a clear idea of things going on, rather than having status as UNDER REVIEW for months or years, that would definitely make the users think and confirm that this uservoice is good for nothing and just a show-off or rather as good as expressing customer grief to a wall.
Richard Boucher comments :
I have talked about this problem until ad nauseum. I have a company issued iPhone and I hate it. When you talk about this problem,fanboys either:
A. Show you how to attach a photo ( what do these people do for a living?)
B. Show you a workaround, like starting a new email (once again, defeats the purpose and what do these people Fodor a living)
C. Want you to use a Link to some cloud location (great idea after more than a decade of corporate it departments pounding people to never open links)
D. Jailbreak the phone (I should not have to violate my user agreement in order to get my phone to function properly. Besides, it is a corporate phone. What do these people do for a living?)
After discounting all of these suggestions, they fall back on it being for my protection. I understand why they do it. It is like buying a car and never taking it out of the driveway. Sure, you'll never get in an accident, but what is the point of owning it?
Need to attach docs (one or more .pdf,.doc,.docx, .xls) to reply mail. This is a must feature for the Lumia phones to use for email purpose.
Please MS, please do this one feature.
David Lorenzin commented
Search For MailMessage Library For wp7 and wp8 on windowsphonegeek site :)
I have to send a mail with attachment of images, videos, musics and pdf also text files in Windows Phone 8.0 OS . how can I do in EmailComposeTask or other than EmailComposetask. Please provide your suggestion asap.
I gothrough that there is no option in that class library.
David Lorenzin commented
DONE !!! We developed LiveMailMessage library to send emails with any type of attachment :)
See here :
To send emails with any kind of attachment from a WP7 or WP8 app directly to Microsoft Hotmail SMTP server , you can use this component: http://www.windowsphonegeek.com/marketplace/components/livemailmessage