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  1. 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…

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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.

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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 →
        • 「APP HUB」に登録しなくても、アプリを実機で動かせるようにしてほしい

          年間一万円近く払わなければ、自作アプリを実機で使えないのでは、プログラミングしてみようという気持ちになりません。
          せっかく素晴らしい開発環境があるのに、これでは宝の持ち腐れではないでしょうか?
          -----
          「ChevronWP7」は6月にcoming soonと発表してから音沙汰なしですね。

          80 votes
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            1 comment  ·  App Platform - Japan  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • More artwork in SDK

            Distribute more application bar icons in SDK (at least each one used by built-in applications); provide forum/marketplace for other artwork, including control templates & styles.

            78 votes
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              1 comment  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Authenticated Proxy support in Code (HTTPWebrequest / WCF / Sockets)

              Currently it's not possoble to make connections behind proxy servers that require authentication.
              This very much limits business type apps that can use resources or run apps while connected to a work network.

              It's only currently possible via the web browser.

              77 votes
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                1 comment  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Provide Miracast as a platform feature

                Miracast is the industry standard that will allow screen projection to different devices like TVs, stand alone media streamers, etc. From a enduser experience, it provides "Airplay Screen Mirroring" which is available since 2 years on the iOS platform.

                Miracast is a industry standard and wide compatibility is expected. Also Android 4.2 comes with support for Miracast.

                Additional information: http://windows.microsoft.com/de-DE/windows-8/feature-packs

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                  0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • SD Card APIs to create/write/delete files

                  In my application some data required to save on disk, There is limited storage in Phone memory, I just need api to write or create files folder wise on external memory like memory card..

                  74 votes
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                    4 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Graphical screen lock pattern instead of PIN code

                    I think WP7 contains a superior user interface to other mobiles OS's.
                    However the screen lock code seems out-of-date and sub-par to the rest of the interface. Android allows you to setup a graphical pattern, for example, while WP7 only allows you to enter a PIN code.
                    A graphical pattern is more practical and user friendly that a PIN code.
                    I don't think this is a difficult thing to implement and would improve the user experience.

                    74 votes
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                    • Provide developers and API to access default system sounds (such as those found in Settings - ringtones+sounds)

                      It would be really helpful if, for example, a developer makes an app that takes advantage of the schedule alarm API, and would like to enable the user to select a custom ringtone for that alarm. This API proposal would enable the user to select from many ringtones already available on the phone, and save developers the trouble of having to implement their own custom ringtones.

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                        3 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add the ability to retrieve the serial number of NFC tags

                        With the ability to read the serial number of NFC tags, we have a value that can't be tampered with. In this way, we can make a system that checks the authenticity of tags, by verifying that serial numbers are contained in a database, for example.

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                          7 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Controlling players implementing Background Audio

                          Currently, I can detect and control what the embedded Zune player is currently playing.
                          The same can't be done with 3rd party apps implementing background audio streaming like soundtracker etc.

                          72 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  XNA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Show scrollbars in WebBrowser control

                            Please show the scrollbars in the WebBrowser control. For details and a workaround that's not working as smooth as it is when it was implemented in the control itself.

                            http://www.pitorque.de/MisterGoodcat/post/Somethings-Missing-from-the-WebBrowser-Control.aspx

                            71 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add low-level RFID functionality

                              Our company specializes on RFID software and devices. We have our own RFID tags format and we need the ability to get binary data from whole RFID tag that isn't NDEF formatted.
                              Android SDK has such an ability so that we can read the whole tag using our software and then parse its contents. So we need to do the same thing in Windows Phone 8.
                              Thanks.

                              70 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 68 votes
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                                • Toast push notification can resuming the app

                                  If the application in the background,Toast push notification can resuming the app,not restart the app.

                                  68 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Push Notification  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add Payoneer as a payment method for Windows Phone Store / Windows Store / PubCenter earnings.

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

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                                      0 comments  ·  Dev Center - use Dev Center forum  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Windows Live(Hotmail)アドレス帳のふりがな対応

                                      Windows Phone本体やGmailはふりがなに対応しているのに、Liveアドレス帳がふりがなに対応していないため(中では持っているのかもしれませんが)、連絡先データの登録先として使用するのを躊躇してしまいます。
                                      アプリ利用者にGmailを推奨するような状況でもよいのでしょうか?

                                      そもそもLive全般でWebインターフェイスを全て刷新してほしいぐらい使い勝手が悪いのも問題ですが...。

                                      65 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  App Platform - Japan  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add WebAuthenticationBroker to WP7 and WP8

                                        Port over the Windows 8 Class "WebAuthenticationBroker" from Windows 8.

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                                          1 comment  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • WPSDK 8 support on Windows 8 - Develop WP 8 apps on Windows 7

                                          I think you should allow Windows 7 computer owners the ability to develop Windows 8 phone apps. They have a device to develop on, I believe the only thing you can't do is use the emulator. I have everything up and running, except VS express 2012 won't recognize my windows 8 phone and deploy to it, so I can test my app. Can I manually place the .xap file using file explorer, or is there some way to fix this? It gives me this error 'Microsoft.SmartDevice.Connectivity.PlatformNotFoundException'
                                          Is it possible to fix this?

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