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  1. 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 →
    • PhoneのOS側でユーザーが認証済みの認証情報が使える、Live SDK相当のAPI。

      現状、SkyDriveへのアクセスなどLice SDK (API)を使う場合、ユーザーに認証情報をOSとは別途入力してもらわないといけない。
      また、OAuth認証をする場合、そのための画面遷移を用意するのも大変です。
      (Live SDK Developer Previewなどありますが)
      SkyDriveへのアクセスやその他のLive APIについて、ユーザーが追加で認証情報を入力することはせず、利用できるSDKがあるといいのではないでしょうか。
      アプリに対してOSが使っている認証情報を使ってもいいかの確認画面が出て、ユーザーが同意すれば、アプリに認証情報を渡すことなく利用できる形態であれば、アプリ側が認証情報を持つ必要もなくなります。

      110 votes
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        1 comment  ·  App Platform - Japan  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Fix Altitude Bug in GeoCoordinateWatcher and Geolocator when using in WP8

        Fix Altitude Bug in GeoCoordinateWatcher and Geolocator when using in WP8. On my lumia 520 (WP8) i get jumping values of altitude, even outdor with a strong and good GPS-signal. The altitude jumps from 27m to 200m up and down, 200m is the right value. The values from GPS-accuracy are top. This occurs In both classes on WP8. I always use the DisiredAccuray = high! I have read, that another user have the same problem with WP8-Phone, like HTC. All GPS-App in the store have the same problem with the jumping altitude.
        But i found a solution. If you take…

        109 votes
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          2 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Bluetooth find devices in range

          It would be really a good idea if we could use the FindAllPeersAsync method( or something similar) to get a list of all discoverable devices within wireless range.

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            0 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  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.

            106 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Dev Center - use Dev Center forum  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Vibrate when typing

              An option to choose between vibrate on keypress or sound on keypress
              I love to type with vibrating keypress

              105 votes
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              • Enable Toasts from Within Applications

                The Toast UI metaphor is useful for showing transient messages to the user such as authentication failures or other other messages that do not require the user's immediate attention.

                In the current ShellTile API, a toast will not be displayed if the current foreground application is the caller of the ShellToast.Show method. It would be great if this was changed so that we could present in-app toasts. We can then user the NavigateUri property to navigate the user to a different part of the app if necessary.

                102 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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…

                  98 votes
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                    6 comments  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • BackgroundAgent実行間隔の短縮

                    現状の最低30分間隔という実行間隔は位置情報アプリを作成するには長すぎます。
                    個人情報の問題などもあるのはわかりますが、現在の仕様では特に地下鉄やオフィスビルなどを多く利用する都市部では使い物になりません。
                    せめて10分間隔、できれば任意の間隔を指定できると嬉しいです。

                    98 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  App Platform - Japan  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • NFC / FeliCa 対応

                      説明不要と思いますが、ユーザーの実利やライバルモバイルOSとの競争を考えれば不可欠と思います。

                      また、端末メーカーの独自実装ではなく、公式APIとしてアプリ開発者が柔軟に使用できる環境により、今ある利用方法を超えた新しい応用例を生み出してくれると思います。

                      97 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  App Platform - Japan  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Enabling Bluetooth files transfer between WP and other devices..

                        All types of files should be allowed to be shared via Bluetooth between WP and any other devices..

                        96 votes
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                          5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • API for LED Notification

                          Provide an API to use the Windows button as led notification for missed calls, incoming messages or mails and other notifications.

                          94 votes
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                            5 comments  ·  App Platform - Japan  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • APPHUB で審査中のアプリの申請取り消しができるようにして欲しい。

                            アプリ申請後にアプリの不具合を発見してしまうケースが(よく)あります。

                            不具合によっては、審査結果が出たとたん再申請をする場合もありますので、早めに気づいた場合に申請取り消しができれば、開発者も助かりますし、審査側も無駄な審査に時間を費やす必要がなくなります。

                            是非、審査中にも申請取り消しができるようにしてください。

                            93 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  App Platform - Japan  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Deep zoom & pan / multiscale image

                              I request that the MultiScaleImage library to be able to access isolated storage. There are many places where apps will not connect to a cell tower [e.g. in a general aviation (or commercial) aircraft where cell phones do not work well [it is illegal to use in any case] and also in isolated rural areas. Also, why pay data charges to view the same image over and over [aren’t music & photo libraries stored on phones?] And finally memory is very cheap. Some suggest that large images (even broken into tiles) are inappropriate for storage on a phone – that…

                              92 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Access video-music library

                                Ensure access to video/music as for photos.
                                We cannot create applications for video editing or video sharing via messages or social networks.

                                91 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Emulating Camera

                                  It would be extremely helpful if the emulator could use webcams as camera emulation. Otherwise AR scenarios are hard to develop without a range of devices. It has become even more needed with the addition of WXGA and the different scalings in WP8.

                                  89 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Xbox Live Gamertag API Acess

                                    It would be really cool if developers could get api access to Xbox Live Gamertags, that way they don't have to make users create a new account just to play multiplayer games. It would also help a lot for leaderboards too.

                                    84 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  XNA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Allow unsafe code

                                      Full unsafe code support would:
                                      1) Allow more code to be shared across platforms, and
                                      2) Increase the performance of applications that needed it.

                                      Here's a use case example:
                                      I'm the author of BEPUphysics, a real-time simulation library. I wish to support many platforms as best I can with as much common code as possible. Unfortunately, in the current situation, I can't have the best of both worlds. If my goal is optimal performance, I must maintain separate codebases for a bunch of low-level queries and data structures. On the other hand, if my goal is as much common code…

                                      84 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Debug over Wifi

                                        When you unplug a WP device from your computer while debugging, you get an error message that the device on an IP address and port is no longer responding. If the debugger connects to the phone via IP, then why not allow for debugging over the local network? That way, someone can develop for Windows Phone in a Hyper-V VM, and still debug on a physical phone, just without plugging it in. There ought to be a way to build a Debug Agent app that can broadcast itself to the network so Visual Studio knows where to look.

                                        83 votes
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                                          2 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Reliable scheduled tile updates

                                          Scheduled tile updates should not be canceled due to lack of network connectivity.

                                          Currently, after losing a signal for a while, tiles stop updating because the maximum of three failures has occurred while no network connectivity was present.

                                          After network connectivity is re-established, the tiles never update again, even after several days of good connectivity.

                                          Instead, the tile update schedule should be resumed after network connectivity is restored.

                                          81 votes
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                                            3 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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