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  1. 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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      2 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Provide a Share Extension to Share Links from IE

      In IE for Windows Phone, you have the ability to share a link to the current page you're on from an Application Menu Item. The options are as follows:

      Messaging
      E-Mail
      Social Networks.

      I would like the ability to easily share a link to another application. It would work in much the same way the Photo Hubs Extension works. You would see a 3rd party app that supports the Share Link extension. Clicking it would open the app at a specified task. Then, one of the query string parameters that's used to launch the task could just be the URL…

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        3 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Internet Explorer Mobile でCSSの position:fixed をサポートして欲しい

        CSSの「position:fixed」は、スマホサイトの制作において、ツールバーを画面上に固定しておく、ボタンを固定しておくといったケースで利用頻度の高いプロパティです。これをIE Mobileでもきちんとサポートしてください。

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          2 comments  ·  App Platform - Japan  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Enable removing language code from the "language history"

          If you ever selected "ru" and "ru-ru" laguages then it causes Tile localization show the en-us(default) tile localization to show.

          When I removed the "ru" language code and published my new version, the old version still remains with "Replaced and unpublished". Wich means the new version not fully replaced the old version.
          And this causes me very serious problems:

          1. Some of my users will still receive the old version of my app (after weeks). The store randomly gives the old or the new version of my app.

          2. My app has a WP7 version and a WP8 version XAP…

          63 votes
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            3 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • HttpWebRequest - ability to set referrer

            Add Ability to set referrer and other custom headers when using HttpWebRequest

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              1 comment  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • MediaPlayer support for BackgroundAudioAgent

              In trying to develop a custom playlist application, it is apparent that it is impossible to integrate the BackgroudAudioPlayer with the XNA.MediaLibrary. This means that applications that wish to use the capabilities of the BackgroundAgent are restricted to using only local audio files that are deployed with teh application, or audio streaming sources. There is no way to access the phone's MediaLibray.Songs to have the BAP play these files in teh background. This is highly restrictive because we can only use the MediaPlayer for foreground applications. Unless of course we go with a predetermined SongCollection such as SongCollection limitedPlaylist =…

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                3 comments  ·  XNA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • How many users are using which version of my app?

                I have released several versions of my app throughout its life cycle. Knowing how many users are using which version of my app would be great.

                Something like: %10 is using version 1.0.0.0, %20 is using version 1.1.0.0, %70 is using version 1.1.1.0 etc. on my dashboard.

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                  1 comment  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • SJIS, EUC のエンコーディングのサポートをして欲しい。

                  外部データの読み取りなどで未だに SJIS や EUC を読み取らざるを得ない場合があります。この場合に備えて System.Text.Encoding で SJIS や EUC のサポートをして欲しい。
                  PC版の Silverlight でもサポートされていないようなので、難しいかもしれないですがお願いします。

                  もし標準サポートできない場合は、代わりに codeplex 等で C# 実装の MS謹製? エンコーディングクラスを公開して頂けるとありがたい。

                  当たり前の事ですが、 IE9 で SJIS, EUC のページを参照したところ正しくエンコーディングが行われているので、WP7 どこかにエンコーディングを行うコードはあるはずです。

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                    1 comment  ·  App Platform - Japan  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • C++ & XAML support

                    I'm already have my app for windows 8 in C++ & XAML and it's really pain i cannot use same concept for windows phone 8 ! I don't want to make UI in C# and C++ code in component.

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                      2 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Full file manager is missing in WindowsPhone8

                      Hi. I'm using a Windows 8 phone and have the latest developer update Gdr3. I'm frustrated because of the windows phone limitation. What is the fun in keeping such limitations. My concern is why is windows phone lacking the most needed file manager which is found in phones launched before 5 years. Although windows phone is very fast and has great response as compared to the latest phones. But... I cannot save downloaded files to desired locations. while replying to an email,there is no option of attaching documents, videos, other files except photos. Even the Microsofts site doesn't allow you…

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                        0 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Fix VoiceCommands so they work whether the app is in the foreground or not

                        Right now, Voice Commands registered for an app only work when an app is off, or in the background. They do not work if you are in the application already, and use Speech from the Windows key to navigate somewhere else in the app.

                        To the end user, it appears that the command is recognized and the system is taking you there, then it closes without actually doing anything. This appears to the end user like a bug in my application, not a system-wide OS bug.

                        I understand this was not necessarily the designed use case, but consider that the…

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                          3 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Create option to auto sync with Skydrive with no compression as soon as connected to WiFi.

                          The current auto sync with skydrive compresses pictures before uploading. This way still no real backup is made. Since skydrive offers 25gigs more then enough space is available for backing up in full size. Create an option to 'only upload to skydrive when connected by WiFi' and an option to choose to compress or not.

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                          • Add Header property to TextBox control

                            Even the "TextBox Control Design Guidelines for Windows Phone" (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh202916%28v=vs.92%29.aspx) says that a TextBox must have a Header such property isn't supported by the TextBox control. Even the "Windows Phone 7 Toolkit for Silverlight" contains some improved controls using Header property the TextBox control was forgotten? See also: http://forums.create.msdn.com/forums/p/76127/576970.aspx

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                              3 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Support for asynchronous pluggable protocol in IE (Internet Explorer)

                              Allow custom URI's in Internet Explorer, like nabto://device.company.net.
                              Basically implement the IInternetProtocol family of COM interfaces on Windows Phone 8 and allow us to add our own protocol handlers (in the Registry) - it is possible on Windows 8.

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                                0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Holiday/Birthday/etc. 'Appointments' need to be clearly identified

                                When querying Appointments, a bundle of Appointments will be returned that contain zero information or information that cannot be meaningfully filtered. When I'm trying to present relevant and important details of scheduled appointments (I'm talking about those scheduled by real people and not the stuff that's been added automatically) I've got no way to filter out these additional things that are also considered Appointments. This data is obviously stored somewhere, it's obvious from being able to turn on/off and select colors for each type in the native Calendar app. Many people would propose filtering out based on the All-Day Event…

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                                  0 comments  ·  Phone Data Store APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • App Metadata Should Be Part of the Project

                                  I would like to see the metadata be part of the project in VS. This would allow (as others have suggested) a more streamlined process for tracking changes and perhaps even uploading a single package without having to fill in the blanks. An editor (like properties/settings) would be great.

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                                    4 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Implement Radio Interface Layer !!!

                                    In Windows Mobile 6.5, this library exist, and it's very good for retreive lot of cell tower informations ( Cell ID, MNC, MCC, LAC, IMEI, IMSI ) lot of information we do not have access with Windows Phone!!

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                                      2 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Allow access to Accelerometer / G-Sensor in Lock Screen or Low Power (Display off)

                                      Many applications like need the Accelerometer or G-Sensor for working correctly like alarm clocks that wakes when the best sleep phase has been reached or Pedometers. But it currently only works if the Display is turned on and Lockscreen is deactivated. It would be more useful to activate this feature in Lockscreen or Low Power Mode

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                                        0 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • DreamSparkのアカウントでも、デプロイ数を10にしてほしい

                                        AppHubのアカウントは現在DreamSparkのプログラムから登録していますが、デプロイできるアプリ数が 3 に制限されています。
                                        どういう経緯で学生アカウントはデプロイ数を3にしたのかはわかりませんが、たくさんアプリを作りたいという思考とそれに費やせる時間がたくさんある学生にとって、この数では気軽にアプリは作れません。
                                        プライベート配布で審査に一度通したり、ベータテストとして申請したとしても、それが反映されるのには時間が掛かります。

                                        デバイスのロック解除数が減るならわかりますが、アプリのデプロイ数が減るのは不思議な話です。
                                        できることなら、一般アカウントと同等の10までにしてほしいところです。

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                                          0 comments  ·  App Platform - Japan  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • flash player

                                          Flash Player should be there so that more flash games and videos could be played.

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