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  1. Faster certification process for publishing and updating apps and games

    It would be great if the time it takes for an app or game to be certified was shorter. A full 2 weeks before an app or game is published to the Marketplace is far too long. It would be more bearable if theupdates had a shorter turnaround time, but they don't. Want to push an update? That's another 2 weeks.

    Also some moderation of the marketplace would be great to get rid of all the clutter or misleading apps.

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      1 comment  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  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.

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        1 comment  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  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…

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          0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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。

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          • For appointments allow specifying multi-reminders... 1day, 1hour, 15 mins...

            there are appointments so important I need to have a 1 day, 1 hour and 30 mins reminders. when the ONE reminder comes up you can tell it to remind you x time alter (but that's today, NOT x ime BEFORE the appointment)... so today I have to choose 1 day and forget lter or 15 mins and it is too late to get there...

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            • Provide an API that can change the Start Background from code.

              Currently apps generate the picture, saves it to local storage, then users need to set the picture as the Start Background manually. An API that does this might be beneficial for both users and custom photo developers.

              What do you guys think?

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                3 comments  ·  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。

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                  0 comments  ·  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  ·  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.

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                      3 comments  ·  XNA  ·  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.

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                      • Using SmartPhone Screen as mousepad & virtual Controller for XBOX/PS

                        From past few day I am working on an innovative idea.
                        The idea is:-
                        Why not use your smartphone as a xbox, ps controller. Why not use it as a mouse.

                        controller:
                        If you donot have joystick to play your xbox/ps games just connect your phone to xbox/ps via data cable and use the virtual controller on your smartphone screen as a real gaming controller.

                        Mousepad/touchpad:
                        Just connect your smartphone to computer and use it surface as mouse

                        The problem I am facing:-
                        1. In can make the Gui but how the will the xbox/ps recognize that this is a…

                        90 votes
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                          4 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Convert an individual account into a company one

                          I started as a sole developer, and now there's a group of us, and we are registered as a business with IRS. I would like to be able to convert my individual account in the Marketplace into a company one without losing my publisher name, my brand, my app portfolio and my user base. It is a common scenario in the "real" world, so why should it be impossible in the Marketplace?

                          88 votes
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                            4 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Create a structured mechanismn for devs to market their Apps

                            One of the biggest issues that devs face is one that only rears it's head quite a way into the process as a whole. How should an independent developer go about marketing their Apps in order to increase sales?

                            Some kind of dedicated program from Microsoft aimed at independent developers in this area would be very welcome!.

                            86 votes
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                            • 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.

                              84 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 →
                                • 「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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                                  • API to read Phone Call History

                                    Currently there are API to read the Phone Book, but no API to read the Call History. This should be enabled to write powerful Phone Call apps with more features

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                                      2 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Transfer contacts to SIM CARD

                                      We want backup our contacts to sim card

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                                        2 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.

                                        79 votes
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                                        • 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.

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