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  1. 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 →
        • Provide API for hardware encoding/decoding and manipulation of H.264/MPEG-4 video

          It is nearly impossible to edit videos recorded by the phone on the isolated storage, it shouldn't be this hard. One has to write its own libraries simply to encode and decode videos and access the frames, let alone manipulate them and do something useful. Even with native code support on WP8 it is very time consuming to port existing libraries to do this.

          I think it would be much easier to just provide APIs for the hardware encoder/decoder to edit videos on isolated storage (and with better performance)

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            1 comment  ·  Camera + Video APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 29 votes
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              2 comments  ·  XNA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add support to disable the "bounce" in the WebBrowser control

              Currently, there doesn't seem to be any possibility to disable the "bounce" effect when scrolling inside the WebBrowser control which makes any apps based in HTML5 look and feel cheap. This happens when you try to scroll beyond the bounds of the control and there is the elastic effect which allows you to move the page beyond the border of the control. Would it be possible to disable this?

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                0 comments  ·  Web Browser Control APIs  ·  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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                    2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • periodic task configurable

                    At the moment, the periodic task runs every 30 minutes. My suggestion is to make this interval configurable. For example, if you want to retrieve gelolocations frequently in the background. It is just not possible to do this at the moment. Other platforms (iOS and Android do support this!!!!!). Let the user decide what he wants (concerning battery life etc). Don't define restrictions for developers.

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                      4 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Visual Voicemail

                      My company likes WP7, but the nonexistence of visual voice-mail is stopping a switch from the iPhone. Is there a way to access voice-mail metadata?

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                        2 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Extend the standard controls to support true multi-touch

                        We live in a multi-touch world, we have hardware that supports 10 points of touch and yet, in windows phone, once a standard control has focus the other controls will not be enabled to touch commands from different fingers. It is not a "natural" behavior and in some scenarios it would make phone applications act strange to [new] users. Windows 8, iOS, Android already support true multi-touch .

                        Scenarios where multi-touch is needed:
                        - Big device like 1520 and the user holds it with one hand but touches the screen on one side. When using the application none of the…

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                          0 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Acces to raw wifi,bt and cellular data

                          Allow access to raw data such as signal strength imformation to allow creation of indoor location positioning using available wifi, bluetooth or cellular networks when no gps data is available.

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                            3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Image Classes than be run on non-ui threads

                            Currently when using WriteableBitmap or decoding image data you have to do that on the UI thread. This is very problematic since if you need to do any heavy image processing you're slowing the UI and negatively affecting the user experience. It would be great if there were specific classes that could be instantiated on non-ui threads (and then loaded by ui-thread image objects)

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                              0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Socket APIs and duplex WCF communication

                              Socket APIs and duplex WCF communication

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                                1 comment  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Increase webbrowser control function

                                Increase webbrowser control
                                function

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                                  4 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • different sound levels

                                  We need different sound levels...sound level for system, for alarm clock, for music-radio, and different for keyboard.

                                  I want to have sounds enabled to keyboard but not at highest level, also i want to listen to radio (throuth the night) and be sure that the next morning the alarm clock will sound as high as possible to wake me up.

                                  I hope you get the point !!!

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                                    0 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Access any filetypes on Storage

                                    At the moment WP8 allows me only to access certain file types (music and imagery) on the part of the storage, which can be accessed via a PC. If I want to share a non-music/non-imagery file with my PC I have to take a detour over a WebService or similar. I think this is unnecessary complex, as other platforms support this kind of exchange. I must be allowed to specify a folder or file type on the storage, which can be accessed by a PC. The isolated storage is useless for that use case.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Phone Data Store APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Callback for all tasks and launchers

                                      Would be nice to have a callback on for example the phonecalltask so that we can determine wether or not the user actually did press "call" or "cancel". Same for other tasks and launchers.

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                                      • WP7 Notify App when call ends

                                        When user is with in an app and there is an active call in progress the App should receive notification when call ends. Currently there is no support for this and really hard to understand when the call ends. This for example can be used to show meeting minutes screen as soon as a call finishes. I see more uses than simple example I have mentioned below.

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                                          2 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Provide full [physical] access to Music Library

                                          Hello there,

                                          I actually didn't know where to post it, so I chose to post it where the original access API exists. It's very much about Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Media.MediaLibrary class. And if you'd ask me what I personally think of it, you'd simply have to censor almost everything. The languages of man, dwarves and elves don't have the vulgarism to describe this thing.

                                          BECAUSE IT'S THE MOST ANNOYING THING YOU EVER DID!

                                          It's so pointlessly limited that I, as a developer, can't simply make a good music player app.

                                          1. No access to all ID3/ID3v2/Vorbis/etc tags, so if I wanted to provide…

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