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  1. Enable in-game video playback

    Allow video to be treated as an object, such as Texture2D, so that it can be sized, positioned and incorporated into gameplay.

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      0 comments  ·  XNA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • SMS notification/subscription support

      Application developers currently (pre-Mango) have no facilities to access the c contents of an incoming SMS message. It would be great if applications could register for such a capability thus enabling scenarios such as SMS challenge authentication.

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        3 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • provide an api for 3rd party apps to control podcasts now that they have a separate app

        I love to run to podcasts. A lot of apps let you control music, but nonelist podcasts. I reached out to caledos runner developers and they mentioned no API exists for this.

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          1 comment  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 税金関係の手続きについて、日本語のサポートを提供してほしい。

          有料アプリを公開する際に必要になる ITIN あるいは EIN について、取得が不要になるのがベストですが、取得のためのサポートを日本語で提供してほしいと思います。
          現状、W-7 とか SS-4 とかの書類を書いて提出しなければなりませんが、Instructions ももちろん英語なので、ちゃんと書けているか自信がありません。
          申請には、お金も時間もかかります。NG だとがっくり来ます。
          MS さんの方でテンプレートを用意して頂くとか、書いたものを添削して頂くとかして、一発で取得できるようにして頂きたいと思います。

          よろしくお願いいたします。

          ところで、Web で検索すると、EIN の取得方法は結構見つかりますが、ITIN はほとんど見つかりません。
          取得代行をやっている業者も、EIN はありますが、ITIN はありません。
          ただ、どちらを取るべきかと言えば、本来は ITIN だと思うのですが…。
          ITIN の場合、パスポートの公証をしてもらわないといけないので、それだけで結構な費用が掛かり、何度も申請する気にはなれません。

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            1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add "never" in lockscreen timeout, when the Phone is connected to PC

            Please, add "never" in lockscreen timeout when the Phone is connected to PC, but I'm not debugging my app (I.E. I'm writing code)

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              3 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • ListBox.ScrollIntoView doesn't work properly

              If a ListBox has elements with different sizes and you call ScrollIntoView to the last Item, the ScrollViewer doesn't scroll to correct position.

              You can reproduce it adding rectangles with 100px, 200px and 300px of height and calling ScrollIntoView to the last item.

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                1 comment  ·  Bugs  ·  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  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • VPN support so we

                  Support VPN, PPTP, L2TP OpenVPN etc.
                  I have moved outside the U.S. and see that my Wp7 cannot connect to a vpn. I don't see support for vpn in WP8 either. IOS and Android support multiple types of VPN middleware.

                  I was going to purchase a Nokia 920 but now I am leaning towards a Samsung Galaxy due to this limitation.

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                    5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add phone model to the crash report

                    The following additional fields should be added to the crash report:
                    Date of crash
                    Phone model

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                      1 comment  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add "bool IsLoopingEnabled" property to Pivot and Panorama control

                      It will be great to have an option to disable the infinite looping of Pivot and Panorama controls and use them in a similar way like Picture/Article browsing, etc.

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                        1 comment  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Full file management Windows.StorageFile, Windows.StorageFile.KnownFolders and raw Media file access as in Windows 8.1

                        Hi,
                        I think it's useful if both windows phone 8.x and windows 8.x will have a similar way to access filesystem content and implement ALL the APIs here:

                        http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/hh465199.aspx
                        http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/hh464978.aspx
                        http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/windows.storage.knownfolders.aspx
                        http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/jj218966.aspx

                        In particular, having only the possibility of accessing media files through the XNA API doesn't deliver a UX on par with other platforms.

                        As an example, we have a media player app for iOS, Android, Windows 8.1 that does some sound processing and mixing between mp3 files available in the library and the recording of the mic.

                        Currently, it is not possible for us to release this feature…

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                          0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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 →
                          • 43 votes
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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 →
                                • Need ShellTile.TileData() function

                                  Currently,we can CREATE/UPDATE a ShellTile using a ShellTileData,but can not to get ShellTileData from an existing ShellTile.

                                  Please release ShellTile.TileData() function in next build.

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                                  • Allow settings based on location, time, WiFi network, etc.

                                    I would like to have setting profiles that enable based on certain criteria.

                                    Examples:
                                    During sleeping hours, do not alert me for emails, twitter and facebook notificaitons.
                                    When on my home wifi network, switch ringer to loud.
                                    When my work wifi is detected, turn ringer off and set mode to vibrate.
                                    When my work wifi is detected, turn on battery saver.
                                    When I am at a church, restaurant, or a movie theater, disable all notifications.

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                                    • 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 →
                                      • Add weeknumbers in calendar

                                        A phone promoted for it's business features cannot do without weeknumbers in the calendar.... Fix it please!

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                                        • 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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