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  1. Ability to run and use an emulator image in as a remote VM

    A developer should be able to run an emulator instance outside of the developer's environment, and be able to connect/deploy/debug into that remote VM.

    Potential scenarios:
    - Developer doesn't have SLAT on their machine and wants to run the VM on a SLAT capable machine/server
    - Developer is running their dev environment in a virtual environment (e.g., local Hyper-V, remote Hyper-V, Parallels) and wants to run the emulator in another child VM on the same physical host they are running on (since she can't run a VM inside of a VM)
    - The ability to run a dev environment fully…

    241 votes
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      19 comments  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allows software products from the same Publisher, accessing IsolatedStorage

      Want to have a feature. Allows software products from the same Publisher, accessing IsolatedStorage. And can communicate with each other. Start each other (optional), which can be expanded larger developers ideas and more powerful than iOS and Android system.

      This can save storage space, unified data storage location.

      Or another form. Developers can provide their main program with subroutine. Subroutines can be run separately. Main program can manage/run program. In this way, developers can provide independent extension to process the data.

      Wish to consider this kind of system design.

      PS: above I use the online translation feature.

      219 votes
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        3 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Thank you for the suggestion. We are not adding this capability in the 8.0 release, but know that it is high on the consideration list for future Windows Phone releases.

        Note that today, publishers can use server side comms/services to accomplish this type of solution, but this is not yet possible for logic that occurs entirely on the device.

        Keep those suggestions and votes coming!

      • 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.

        191 votes
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          4 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Support for submission packages

          A developer would like to ease the app submission process by being able to upload an app submission as a single archive package per submission. This archive (could be a ZIP file) should contain all of the meta-data (could be as an XML file) and supporting files (e.g., XAP, screenshots, etc.) that the Store team needs to ingest the app and provide it to the store. Apple provides a similar capability via iTunes Connect (https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/LanguagesUtilities/Conceptual/iTunesConnect_Guide/8_AddingNewApps/AddingNewApps.html).

          This capability would not only enhance the submission experience, but it would also allow for Store submissions to be added and tracked in…

          179 votes
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            6 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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.

            175 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • ペアレンタルコントロールか年齢認証をつけてほしい。

              別に提案した「2ch ブラウザの申請を通してほしい。遮断する理由が聞きたい。(http://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/136286-app-platform-japan/suggestions/2323141-)」ですが、聞くところによると 2ch は U13 コンテンツが存在しているために一律審査却下の方針をとることにしたようです。

              審査を行うマイクロソフトの立場は理解できます。また開発者自身が U13 コンテンツに誘導した等の理由で訴追されるリスクを回避することができるので、ある面からは必要不可欠な判断かもしれません(ここではこの議論はしません)。

              今後このような事があっても対応できるように、
              1. OS 自体にペアレンタルコントロールの機能をもしくは年齢認証をつける。
              2. アプリ側の Capability に Adult Related Contens があるソフトは起動しない。
              などの処理を行ってほしい。

              174 votes
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                2 comments  ·  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.

                170 votes
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                  4 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  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.

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                    1 comment  ·  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…

                    165 votes
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                      5 comments  ·  XNA  ·  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.

                      158 votes
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                        7 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • API to send SMS (via 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…

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                          5 comments  ·  Communication APIs  ·  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.

                          157 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.

                            153 votes
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                              4 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Share data on active Windows Phones by OS version and device type

                              Similar to Android and Apple, Microsoft should share numbers around Windows Phone adoption among consumers, to enable me as a developer to make better decisions about what OS and hardware that I should support in my apps.

                              Information I would like to see:
                              - % distribution of OS by major/minor/build
                              - % distribution of memory level of device (e.g., 512MB, 1GB)

                              151 votes
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                                3 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Low Latency Sound Effect support

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

                                150 votes
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                                  4 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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.

                                  144 votes
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                                    3 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    As part of the WinRT convergence, much of the Wifi direct APIs are in the phone kernel and are being used for Miracast. For more information on the capabilities in the platform, refer to the MSDN docs at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/windows.devices.wifidirect.aspx

                                    However, much of the API set is not available on phone yet. It is our intention to bring phone to parity with client in the future.

                                  • 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!

                                    144 votes
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                                      5 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Documentation for App URI Schemes

                                      The windows phone developer site should have a place where app developers can search for URI schemes used in other windows phone apps, and get relevant documentation for them.

                                      When submitting an app the store submission process should prompt you to link to documentation for any URI schemes your app includes in the manifest file, or mark them as private URIs if you don't want to document them.

                                      This idea came from a conversation around Matt Lacey's blog post: http://mrlac.eu/1lxwDi4 where he found over 300 URI schemes from some of the top apps in the store, many of which do…

                                      140 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  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。

                                        136 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add Paypal as a payment method for PubCenter / Windows Store earnings.

                                          Add Payoneer as the payment method for Windows Phone Store / Windows Store / PubCenter earnings.

                                          136 votes
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