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  1. Support multiple media elements

    To support things like midroll video advertisments, multiple MediaElements are needed. This is supported in Silverlight for the web.

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      0 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Completely separate marketing submissions from XAP submissions & allow multiple submissions

      Twice now, my app has failed certification due solely to marketing content. It has taken me 14 days to update a major crashing bug in my app because the certification process is inconsistent and poorly designed. I can't update the marketing text on my app to tell people a fix is on the way, because you can't have more than one submission in at a time.

      This design is ridiculous. XAP submissions should go through one channel, and marketing changes should go through another. If you submit both at the same time, and the XAP passes but the marketing content…

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        2 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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        • support to save audio file to medialibrary

          This will benefit for applications which create audio, or recording voice, it will be easy and unified way to export audio files instead of create extra server program.

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            1 comment  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Don't delete Apps when App Hub Account is deleted/expires

            I find it very strange that every app I have made during my one year membership as a developer is deleted the second I cancel my membership. Microsoft can run things however they want, but I think this is going to kill a lot of innovation and send it off to Android or iOS where you have to pay to publish apps, but apps don't get deleted if you don't pay again or if you cancel your account.

            End users are also going to get very annoyed when Apps they have paid for disappear. If Windows phone is going to…

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              2 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Access Cards API

              API to emulate Radio Access Cards using NFC. That way WP can be used as a universal access card. A lot of corporate users who have to carry their access card with them will appreciate it. It will eliminate the situation when a person forgets his access card and has to go to the security office to get a temporary one.
              One possible application of such API is ability to configure the access card ID from Active Directory. That way IT administrators will be able to provision new access codes using familiar infrastructure.
              It will also make a corporation more…

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                2 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Support Monthly/Yearly subscriptions for app purchasing.

                As app developers we are currently stuck with 2 methods of generating revenues 1) one time app payment 2) Ads.

                I would like to see a monthly/yearly subscription model introduced that let me charge users $5 a year for my app for example.

                This would mean we could make ad free apps that developers are motivated to keep adding features to over time since they are generating ongoing revenues.

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                  1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • purchased applications backup

                  Now, if an application you purchased is removed from the marketplace, in case you need it you will not be able to redownload it and you will lose that app forever (wasting the money you spent).

                  This is not acceptable: purchased apps must be available forever!

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                    0 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • AppHub の申請却下判断が担当者によって違わないようにして欲しい

                    AppHub に何度か申請をしていると、何らかの理由で申請が却下されることがありますが、申請却下判断がまちまちなように見受けられます。
                    拙作 Nel の話で申し訳ないですが、一度 3.6 Adult Related Contents 違反で却下されても、再度ほぼ同じバイナリの XAP を申請したところ受理されました。

                    このようなことは開発者側に思わぬ恩恵をもたらす場合もありますが、出来るだけ基準が一律の方が開発側としても対処しやすく思います。

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                      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Avoid Tolls in Bing Maps Navigation

                      You should be able to select alternate routes in Bing Maps. This should include a way to avoid highways, toll roads, and heavy traffic. Selecting a diferent route in general would be a nice feature.

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                        1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 日本語版で、さして意味のない縦書きUIは止めてほしい

                        日本語版のWindows Phoneでは、ロックスクリーンをはじめとして、Poeple Hubの発言者表示やMusic&Video Hubのメニューなど随所に縦書きUIが織り込まれています。

                        一概に縦書きを否定するつもりはないのですが(ロックスクリーンやカレンダーなどは確かにそこそこかっこいいとは思います)、People Hubなどはタイムラインに無駄な余白が入りまくる、英語名の発言者の名前が非常に読み難い上に半分ぐらいで切れてしまって誰だかわからないなど、機能を阻害している部分があるように感じられますし、デザイン上もMusic Hubのように日本人が見ても明らかに不自然かつガイジン臭いカッコ悪さが気になります。
                        また、アプリケーションから縦書きメニューなどが簡単に使用できるわけでもありません。本当に使い勝手が良いのならばアプリからも容易に使用できるよう環境が整えられていてしかるべきです。それがなされない、ということは、ようするにデザイン上に小手先勝負で奇をてらっているだけといわれてもしょうがないのではないでしょうか?

                        とにかく、正直WP7.5での縦書き表示はWindows Phone本来のcoolさを少なからず損なっていると感じられるので、次期バージョンではデザイン全体の再検討を含めて再考いただきたいと思います。

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                        • Trial feature should be built-in.

                          The trial feature should be built-in with automatic enforcement, user prompting, disabling, etc, just as it is in the Windows Store.

                          In the Windows store, I can choose trial mode for my app, and then pick the number of days I want the trial to last. From there, everything is taken care of for me. If the user uninstalls during a trial, it tracks this fact and prevents them from starting a new trial later.

                          Contrast this with the Windows Phone world, where the developer indicates trial mode in the store, but has to manually track the number of days…

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                            0 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • My app has started yestarday to show up at the complete end of ALL search results

                            My app is called "Chess Beauty 3D" and it was ranked very high in all related search results. It also does have many good reviews.

                            July 15th out of nowhere it has fallen down at the complete end of ALL search results, no matter what they are. It has also disappeared from the "new" and "best free" listings of its parent category (strategy+simulation) despite being very high in them just a day earlier.

                            It was ranked 5th at "chess", but at that day it fallen down by approximately 450 places to the complete end of that list. The same has…

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                              6 comments  ·  Store Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Open access for XBOX Live achievements

                              Give ability to create games that have access for xbox live achievements. It doesn't have to be full access. Still only partners can have a "Xbox live" mark on their game icon, but having a one place for achievements, leader boards and friends would be great (WP7 Live?)

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                                3 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Access Podcasts through MediaLibrary

                                Provide access to the podcast episodes that are in the media library so that they may be used to construct, for instance, custom playlists.

                                Developers wishing to leverage the Zune media platform to offer improved or tailored podcast playback experiences are currently blocked. Instead, an app developer must re-implement all the podcast management functions that are already well handled by the device and the PC Zune software. Once access to a user’s podcast subscriptions and already downloaded episodes is enabled, developers may easily write applications which enhance the existing playback experience.

                                This idea could be relatively simply achieved as a…

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                                  6 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Office Document Viewer Control

                                  Provide a viewer for viewing office documents (e.g. word, excel and powerpoint basically). The UIWebView in iPhone support serveral formats and give a very good user experiences in some content related apps

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                                    2 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • WiFi APの位置情報登録の充実と精度向上

                                    日本の都市圏では、主要な駅や公共施設はほぼ例外なくWiFi APが設置されています。これらの位置情報をGPSによる自動登録に頼らず、クロールして登録してください。これだけで地下鉄、屋内等での位置情報アプリの利用価値が飛躍的に上がります。
                                    また、ポータブルWiFiAPや列車内APなどがGPS情報から自動登録されてしまい、おかしな位置情報を表示することが少なからずあります(Mangoでほぼ改善された?)。これらの移動するAPを位置情報DBから排除してほしいです。また、おかしな位置情報を報告する手段があると精度向上につながると思います。

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                                    • Preserve exif information of Images while saving in Isolated storage or Media library

                                      We can access exif info (limited) using a Picture object when dealing with Media library. But if we try to save an Image within app inside Media library or some Isolated storage we can't prserve exif info of that image. A better manipulation of exif APIs will be very helpfull. Read the given link for more details: http://forums.create.msdn.com/forums/p/84673/510718.aspx#510718

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                                        1 comment  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Improve Alarm and Reminder APIs

                                        First, Alarm and Reminder classes are not even included in the Windows Phone RunTime.

                                        So, please, include them in the next sdk.

                                        Second, those two classes are very very limited. There's no way to change the snooze duration, no way to use music from Music Library for the tones and you cannot customize the 'dismiss' popup window too.

                                        I raised a request on the uservoice site over a year and a half ago, it's got 15k user votes but was rejected recently, because the admin thought it's a dev question (Well, there are 1000 USERS complaining about these missing features)...

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                                          4 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Email headers broken

                                          Originally posted by Sergiy (http://wpdev.uservoice.com/users/26024506-sergiy)
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                                          russian characters in email subject field are replaced by question marks when reply is sent.
                                          Steps to reproduce:
                                          1. send an email from gmail web interface with word "тест" as subject
                                          2. download the email using phone default client (the subject is shown correctly)
                                          3. press reply (subject is still correct)
                                          4. send the email
                                          5. check Sent folder - subject is displayed as ????
                                          6. check email in gmail - subject is brolen as well

                                          p.s. the phone language and settings are UK english. russian is used only as additional keyboard…

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