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  1. 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 →
    • 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 →
      • USB On-the-Go (OTG) support

        Support for full USB OTG functionality, allowing powered hard drives, flash drives, USB hubs and camera memory cards (with a USB interface card reader), just to name a few, to be mounted, modified, filled and emptied by my Nokia device. This feature would also require a decent file manager but even android doesn't usually include one of those you just download whichever one you want. True USB OTG allows for full access to USB bus as the host of that bus, so you could even connect a mouse or keyboard, or a USB gaming controller or a desktop microphone for…

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          5 comments  ·  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 →
          • 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 →
            • Give acces to call Log API

              Platform should provide access to call log so you can create applications which for example retrive unknown numbers from call log and find their information from public directories.

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                0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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 →
                      • 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 →
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                            2 comments  ·  XNA  ·  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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                              • call recorder

                                there must be an application to record the conversation on a call.

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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 →
                                    • OpenCL or C++ AMP Support

                                      Having native access to OpenCL or C++ AMP support would be nice to have, especially with the newer hardware arriving with WP8.

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                                        1 comment  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Remove Search Restrictions

                                        Remove the 50 apps limit from the phone and 100 app limit from the marketplace web site when users search for an app with a search term. If an app can not be found with its ideal keyword (becuase over a hundred apps already have used that search term) then new apps cannot be found with their ideal search terms. The concept of paging using skip and take very easily resolves this issue. It's quite dissapointing that a Bible app cannot be found with the search term bible.

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                                          6 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  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 →
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