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  1. 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 →
    • Access to network share

      I have a file server which hosts a lot of my documents, pictures and music. With Android it´s easy to browse the server with "ES File Explorer". This is single reason why I keep my Android phone around.
      I really wish it was possible to access my file server from my Lumia 800 too.
      It´s not only tedious to use Zune for copying my files over, it´s also creating redundancy by keeping copies on another device.
      Yet another reason - it uses valuable space on my Lumia 800 which wouldn´t be necessary if I could acces the file on the…

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      • Enhance Microsoft.Phone.Scheduler Alarm and Reminder classes

        The Alarm and Reminder classes in Microsoft.Phone.Scheduler are very limiting and do not allow for any customization. Ideally these classes would be extended to accept a UserControl object that would be shown instead of the standard Title. The UserControl should run in the context of the application that created the Alarm or Reminder, and as such would have access to the appropriate view models. From there the application could be fully launched if desired.

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          1 comment  ·  Framework  ·  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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          • 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  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Quick Link to show all Publisher apps

              Provide a single link to retrieve all the applications by a specific Publisher like the Android Market.

              This just helps make advertising easier, without listing individual apps.

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                1 comment  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Bring ftpwebrequest to Windows Phone

                Since the easiest way to get hold of files to be used in programs is by downloading them from a network or the internet and saving them in isolated storage it would make the whole thing a lot easier if you could do this with FTP. FTP is still one of the most used protocols for retrieving files. And using a proxy is not always an options since some of us would like to be able to reach FTP servers that is on a separate network.

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                  1 comment  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 31 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Application pricing in the marketplace

                    At the moment, if someone buys an application, they get all future versions of that app with no further funding to the developer. This is typical of a mobile phone app marketplace but not how it generally works with desktop applications where you might be expected to pay an "upgrade" fee to go from, say, version 1 to version 2.

                    Can we please have something similar for the WP7 marketplace (and, indeed, the Win8 marketplace)? In other words, developers would be at liberty not only to set the original purchase price but an upgrade price to go from a given…

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                      6 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Create/Update/Delete reminders and alarms from a BackgroundAgent

                      You can't add/update/delete alarms or reminders from a BackgroundAgent. It'd be great if we at least has the ability to change/edit reminders and alarms that were created by that app.

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                        2 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Continuous Integration - Dev Center API for updating (beta/normal) app xap files.

                        It would be great to have opportunity to automate app distribution for beta and even normal apps that will be update by CI server. It could be just the REST API that will need some basic parameters and new xap file.

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                          0 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Weed out spam applications during certification process

                          The amount of spam applications, apps that are split out into several regions (i.e.: MyTranspo series), the ridiculous feed readers for all different musicians and whatnot, single book applications, and do-nothing apps (i.e.: the stuff published by "Eric_rulz")... This is just absolutely ridiculous. You already promised to take care of this, but it didn't work. We've still useless applications flooding the Marketplace, and there are no signs of it slowing. I believe that, instead of limiting the amount of certifications per user per day, the Marketplace should be a little better curated. Spam applications should not be approved. They should…

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                            2 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 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 →
                            • Remove the restricted file types for file association.

                              The most important file types are being restricted from being opened by any application aka devs can not register to use .mp3, .txt, .etc. Without this functionality how can we make apps that allow users to do anything useful with their files.

                              For example: I want to open a .mp3 in an audio remixer or a video in an app to upload videos. And I want to do this from within another app (skydrive) or from an email attachment or web browser. Right now it just opens up in xbox music. i can play the file and then its gone.

                              29 votes
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                                3 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 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 →
                                • 29 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  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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                                      • 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 →
                                        • 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 →
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