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Welcome to the Windows Platform Developer (WPDev) Feedback site. This feedback forum provides the WPDev community with a channel for feedback on the following topics:

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  1. Open .rar and .zip files.

    An native app that permit to open files in .rar and .zip formats.

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      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • give user the option to disable the Accelerometer. They caused so much trouble when using the phone lying down...

      give user the option to disable the Accelerometer. They caused so much trouble when using the phone lying down...

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        0 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • picture password for windowsphone

        On windows 8 and 8.1 you can use a picture password to gain access to the start screw. Recommend this feature be available on the windowsphone lock screen.

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        • 4 votes
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          • Windows Phone for Windows Developer Preview

            When can we develop Windows Phone Apps for Windows 8 Developer Preview using Visual Studio 2011 or Visual Studio 2010 Dev Express for Windows Phone

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              0 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 4 votes
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              • Access Bluetooth and WiFi RSSI values

                It would be very useful if there is an API that can allow accessing low level values like to the RSSI value of Bluetooth (both EDR and LE) and WiFi connections. This would open new applications that perform positioning and tracking of mobile phones as well as locating BLE based accessories.

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                  0 comments  ·  Communication APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Please make update mechanism carrier-independent

                  Every WP device should be carrier-independent by receiving update.
                  Same as for regular Desktops or Laptops. Imagine getting Windows update depending on manufacture (Dell, HP, Acer, Asus e.t.c.). Let the carrier ability to provide their own updates (if necessary) by their own app.

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                  • Tile call

                    Hold & tap an avatar's contatct to open a sub-menu containing: call contact | text contact.

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                      0 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Gold Standard Benchmarking the apps to differntiate between an ordinary or poorly designed app and well designed, functional app..

                      by benchmarking a developer a good developer work. it will encourage a developer to design better apps and it makes very easy for customers to choose the right apps ibstead of selectibg some poorly designed apps and wasting the time..

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                        2 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Option for Left handed people

                        I would be a really nice gesture to have an option wich can put everything to the other side, so when left handed people scroll, they could also see the content.

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                        • Provide an out-of-the-box easy way to create simple tiles.

                          When I want to build some tiles in my app, I have to use buttons that I give a custom style. But this is ugly since everyone implements this in another way, resulting in odd alignments, bad text colours, etc. We need a simple and standardized way to create simple tiles that function as buttons.

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                            0 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Private Browsing In IE 10

                            Option to browse In private.

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                            • Default styles to help make our apps look good.

                              As a hobbiest developer I've released doing WP by your self is a lot of work. The default simplistic black and white style controls just don't get the interest of the user for that first download and without spending a lot of time learning how to become a good styler. most of the successful apps out there now have had this time spent on it. Help out the part time developers by giving them some nice default styles to choice from.

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                                1 comment  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Please provide ETW logging from a windows phone 8 app.

                                Please expose ETW logging namespaces like System.Diagnostics.Eventing so that it is possible to log events from the windows 8 app.

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                                • Allow access to DeviceStatus from a native application

                                  Allow us to query device information from a 100% native C++ application so we are not forced to use C#.

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                                  • Multi-select on Zune to delete Albums or to create a playlist

                                    Multi-select on Zune to delete Albums or to create a playlist

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                                    • Not allowed to sell my app. (Regional info Payout)

                                      According to your registration portal, people form some countries are not allowed to sell apps or use the advertising service for Microsoft.
                                      Since I’m from Lebanon, I’m not allowed to SELL my apps or to use the advertising service for Microsoft, but THANKS you allowed me to register and pay the $99 fees annually and to help you increase your AppStore apps.
                                      I have lots of ideas and prefinished apps, but I hold the dev. because I’m from your banned country list.
                                      This is not fair, I have to pay as any other pay and I have to develop as…

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                                      • API to create 'to-do' task in calendar page

                                        I would also be nice to be able to retain some kind of unique key the app could store or some other way the app can have a way to query 'to-do' items that the app created.

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                                        • access to music stream

                                          I would like access to a stream for music played via the media library.

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