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  1. Open access for XBOX Live achievements

    Give ability to create games that have access for xbox live achievements. It doesn't have to be full access. Still only partners can have a "Xbox live" mark on their game icon, but having a one place for achievements, leader boards and friends would be great (WP7 Live?)

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      3 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Error Reporting Service

      System supported application error reporting service, that would report back to developers application crashes and details.

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        1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • TextBox height or width can beyond 2048 pixel limitation.

        I understand the max size limitation to control. And there are some approach to work around on most of the controls. However, for some control, e.g. TextBox, it's a big problem.

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          2 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • PCのWebカムとEmulatorの連動

          エミュレーターではカメラ機能をほぼ使えません。PCに接続されたWebカムがあるときにはEmulatorのカメラとして機能するよう改善してほしいところです。

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            0 comments  ·  App Platform - Japan  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 31 votes
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            • Keyboard input for textboxes in emulator

              Please, provide a possibility to type text into textboxes from hardware keyboard instead of typing it by clicking on emulator QUERTY keyboard

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                3 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Better integration with system tray

                Would be nice to have the possibility to set background color, icon color, etc. not just hide or show.

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                  3 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Option to disable the sound played when connecting to the power outlet

                  It is late and I have forgotten to load the battery of my thirsty Windows Phone. I plug it into the power outlet and THEN it plays this stupid sound, my wife wakes up and I am mad about it. I then have to mute the sound every time I have to load the phone. Of course I sometimes forget to crank up the loudness afterwards so I will not hear the morning alarm. So please make it possible to disable the sound played when the WP7 is connected to the power outlet.

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                  • Allow the emulator to simulate phone calls and messages.

                    There are several certification requirements from Microsoft that are impossible to test without a physical Windows Phone device. The requirements that involve phone calls, text messages, and zune hub music are all impossible to test from within the emulator.

                    It'd be very convenient for developers without actual devices to test their apps for the certification requirements if everything could actually be tested with the emulator.

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                      2 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Document storage on micro SD

                      Why not add ability to store documents on removable storage (SD Cards). Thought is work items on internal and personal books and docs on removable media. Then let office be told to look in either or both. Sub folder reads in docs would be nice too.

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                        2 comments  ·  App Platform - Japan  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 29 votes
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                        • Put LED notification

                          Put (blinking) LED notification when having incoming notification to save effort every time do not have to unlock screen and checking any notification. Nokia symbian phones does have, would like window phone will have too.

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                            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Theme aware Splash Screen Images

                            I like the functinality of the SplashScreenImage.jpg file, but it's too limited for what I'm trying to do. At a minimum I need to have 2 images that are auto selected based on the phone's current theme. SplashScreenImageLight and SplashScreenImageDark would be great!

                            After that, it would be great to have the option to select an image from IsolatedStorage so that my app can update its splash screen image as needed.

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                              0 comments  ·  XAML APIs (Silverlight-style)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Media playback on emulator should match Phone

                              The phone currently plays a large selection of media formats (MP4, M4V, 3GP etc) that aren't supported in the emulator. This makes apps that use these formats extremely hard to debug.

                              Would be awesome if you could fix this :)

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                                1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add a ShowContactTask to show a specific contact's details

                                If I have an app that shows a filtered subset of a user's contacts, I should have a way to click on that user and show the user's details in the native experience.

                                I am familiar with the suggestion to take the contact's details and re-create them in your own UI... which would be great if the API exposed all of the user's details (like the Anniversary) which it does not. Also, having a ShowContactTask would allow me to give my user a quick shortcut to post a message on Twitter or Facebook without having to implement those SDKs (especially…

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                                  1 comment  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Task-based operations generation when adding Service References

                                  For .NET 4.5 and Windows Store apps it is posible to generate Task-based asynchronous operations when we add a Service Reference to the project.

                                  That is still not possible for Windows Phone projects, and we have to handle with completed event based asynchronous operations.

                                  Task-based operations would make the code much more clean and readable.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • exchange category

                                    full integration with exchange features, like:

                                    category
                                    read confirm / receive
                                    multi calendar

                                    29 votes
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                                    • More background tasks to be allowed.

                                      simple. let there be more than 9.

                                      A user should be able to deside between power drain and functions.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Push Notification  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Cold and Soft boot in windows phone 7 Emulator

                                        Like windows mobile 6.5 and older version.There is no option for cold and hard boot in windows phone 7 emulator.

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                                          2 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Viber for Mango!

                                          Viber is an extremely popular application similar to Tango, but better in some ways.
                                          It has more users -> more people to call.
                                          The application is built into your contact list (no application to open).
                                          You can text people using Viber.

                                          Here is the info thats available on the Website of Viber:
                                          Viber is an application for free international calls and text messages to other Viber users using 3G or Wi-Fi. Uses your existing contact list - check out which of your phone contacts and friends is already on Viber so that you can call and text them for free.

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