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  1. SIP Stack

    A business feature that would be really nice to have support for it the ability to tie into a VoIP network for voip phone calls... the most common architecture is the SIP (Session Initiation Protocol). So I would like the ability to configure a SIP client that ties into our VoIP PBX and phone system.. so my WP7 would basically become my desk phone (extension). The only way this would really work well is if it ran in the background like the phone's native phone functionality.

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      0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • ApplicationData.RoamingFolder

      For vNext it would be really great to have ApplicationData.RoamingFolder supported. It can enable some really cool and also cross-device experiences.

      http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/windows.storage.applicationdata.roamingfolder(v=win.10).aspx

      164 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • API for WiFi Connectivity

        Wifi Connectivity API Handel's:
        1. Getting List of Available WiFi Connections and Details.
        2. Search for new WiFi Device.
        3. Sending A File to Selected WiFi Device.
        4. Sending A File through application to Application using WiFi connection.

        159 votes
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          4 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • More URI schemes for launching System Settings

          There are some built-in URI schemes for launching System Settings on Windows Phone 8, for example, ms-settings-wifi: or ms-settings-lock:, but it's too little of them. Users ask me to make shortcuts to Battery Saver or NFC (Tap+Send) settings in my app, and I can't because of lack of these URIs. So please add more URI schemes to access more System Settings pages.

          151 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow apps to notify user via notification LED

            When an email arrives, or when I got a missed call, OS notifies via the notification LED.
            But third party apps don't have the ability to notify the user this way.

            I realize that allowing raw control will compromise the UX. However, allowing the apps to let the OS know that there is an update, combined with a toast or a tile update would be useful.

            For ex: when I update the tile, or fire a push notification, allowing to mark it as 'priority', so the OS can blink the light ? (then also need a way to cancel the…

            151 votes
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              3 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Publish/Upload of app directly from Visual Studio

              Ability to upload app from Visual Studio should be given. The metadata used in submission should be part of app. By doing this, the repeated submit form filling would be avoided and submit metadata can be versioned along with source code.

              150 votes
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                3 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • customize pinned tiles for html5 applications

                With the news that IE9 will be supported in the next update I thought it would be a good idea if Windows Phone 7 supported additional meta-data on a website to customize the appearance of a pinned tile.
                Similar to how you can drag the favicon onto the taskbar on desktop IE9, websites should be able to provide additional meta-data such as an icon, a tile colour, a location where the phone can periodically get and display a small amount of data (such as a football score or the number of unread emails), the option to hide the address bar…

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                  6 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 144 votes
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                    3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • MediaPlayer.PlayPosition should be able to be set

                    If my users want to move through a song a little bit, there is no way to do that, as MediaPlayer.PlayPosition is read only! Should be able to set it.

                    141 votes
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                      7 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Background app execution

                      If iOS and Android can do it why can't Windows Phone? Like all the Timer apps on Android & iOS, they can update the badge numbers real time giving you a true countdown timer experience. Why cant Windows Phone do this? It should be able to do this! Would battery experience really degrade that much? If so me thinks this is a fundamental flaw in the OS!

                      138 votes
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                        3 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 入金方法に関しての改善

                        ■入金を一括に済ませて欲しい

                        現状では収入がタイトルごとに振り込まれます。
                        更に日本での売上と、海外での売上が別々に入金されます。

                        振り込まれる回数分、銀行から海外送金の受け取り手数料を請求されます。
                        私が利用している銀行では一回につき1500円の手数料がかかります。
                        2作品を配信するだけで手数料が6000円もかかってしまいます。
                        手数料がもっとかかる銀行の場合、収入より高額になることもあります。

                        配信しているXbox360とWindowsPhoneの全ての作品を一括で振り込めるようにして欲しいです。

                        以下のコミュニティーフォーラムで既に要望がありますが、再び要望を出します。
                        http://forums.create.msdn.com/forums/p/47156/282405.aspx

                        ■入金タイミングを指定できるようにして欲しい

                        現状では年に4回、一定以上の売上がある場合入金されます。

                        売上額が少額で銀行の海外送金の受け取り手数料を差し引くと割りに合わないので、年に1回だけの送金にしてほしいことがあります。

                        送金前に次回のロイヤルティー支払い期間に繰り越すか選択できるようにしてほしいです。

                        この2点が小規模な作品を多数配信することや、ちょっとしたアプリの配信に不利になっています。
                        マーケットプレイスとXBLIGでより多くの作品が配信されるようになるためにもこれらの改善を希望します。

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                          1 comment  ·  App Platform - Japan  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • PasswordBox with Number only keyboard

                          it would be helpfull to have a passwordBox like control which supports Number only keyboard. Numeric only passwords makes more sense for Smartphone world as its fast, convenient and easy to type.

                          136 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • API to write videos to Media Library

                            We are limited of saving the Images to the Media Library.
                            It will be better if user can add the downloaded Audio , Video can add to the Media Library from the Isolated Storage.

                            135 votes
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                              4 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Ability to send SMS from code without user input

                              Me and two friends of mine created an app that won in a Windows Hackathon held by Microsoft Cyprus. We actually won the Hackathon without finishing our app due to limitations of Windows phone API. We need some sort of API to automatically send an SMS. The reason for it to be automatic is because this is for cases when the owner of the phone is unable (asleep or something similar) to do so. If you are concerned about security reasons a good implementation of this API would be to always notify the user that a message from that application…

                              135 votes
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                                3 comments  ·  Communication APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Better audio APIs for musician apps/tools

                                If we could get better support in the XNA libraries for some of these audio functions, it would open up some cool opportunities to develop apps for musicians. Couple of things I do regularly with my band that I’d love to do with my phone (currently not possible with the API set on the phone):
                                1) Adjust pitch during playback for songs in my media library (example: single might use this to find a better key to perform a song). Today, I have to pull the songs into something like Reaper, change the key, export it back out, sync to…

                                131 votes
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                                  5 comments  ·  XNA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Allow CookieContainer to be Serialized/Deserialized

                                  Currently, serialization and deserialization of the CookieContainer doesn't work. The documentation says to use the CookieContainer if one needs to save off HttpOnly cookies. It seems that saving the CookieContainer isn't possible.

                                  "If the server sends HTTPOnly cookies, you should create a System.Net.CookieContainer on the request to hold the cookies, although you will not see or be able to access the cookies that are stored in the container."

                                  127 votes
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                                  • Low Latency Sound Effect support

                                    Needed to create pro level sequencers, synths and music creation related apps!

                                    125 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Make payouts every month!

                                      Please make payouts for apps and in-app products every month!

                                      For now, we have to wait at least 4 months after we get $200 of revenue from our apps. It's a shame! There's no benefit of developing for Windows Phone at all, it's better to develop for iOS, Android and even BlackBerry first, and then, maybe, some time, for Windows Phone.

                                      You should remove these idiotic limits and make payouts for developers every month, not depending on what revenue did they get from their apps! Or if you don't want to or cannot (don't believe though), then you should not…

                                      117 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  Dev Center - use Dev Center forum  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Support for Wifi-Direct

                                        Support for Wifi-Direct enables a lot of user experiences like fast device to device communication. It is supported on Windows 8 and I really hope this will be added soon to Windows Phone.

                                        117 votes
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                                          2 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Enable the Emulator to run in VM's (Virtual Machines)

                                          It's realy a shame that the current emulator can't be run within a Virtual Machine. Because development environment changes very often (different SDKs and so on) I try to use special VMs for every development environment. Thus is really helpfull in order to have a stable development machine.

                                          Only with the current emulator this is not possible. I had to install VS2010 with all SDKs on my (until then - clean Development PC). Which hurt me very much.

                                          Please update the emulator to run in a VM (Hyper-V / VirtualBox / VM-Ware).

                                          111 votes
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                                            7 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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