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  1. 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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      2 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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 →
      • roaming application data

        There is a feature in windows 8 for roaming application data which allows Windows 8 automatically transitions certain application data between user devices.
        I suggest to have access to user's roaming data from WP8.
        For example, user can play a windows version of a game as well as a mobile version of the game and scores will add up.
        Follow up:
        It looks like Microsoft is planning to do that but the functions are not implemented yet.

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          0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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  ·  App Platform - Japan  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Cortana API

            It will be great to provide an API allowing developers to interact with Cortana following this workflow:
            1- Get command from Cortana.
            2- Do some processes.
            3- Get back to Cortana with response data (do not exit from Cortana UI).
            4- Cortana responds the user.
            Please vote if you're interested by this feature request.

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              2 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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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                0 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add more details 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 - use Dev Center forum  ·  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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                    0 comments  ·  App Platform - Japan  ·  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 →
                    • 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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                        2 comments  ·  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  ·  App Platform - Japan  ·  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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                          • SMS Access API

                            I want to be able to write an application that processes the user's received and sent text messages (SMS) (subject to applicable application policies), including but not limited to retrieving content, sender (phone number and/or contact) and exact time sent.

                            The purpose of such an application could be to make further use of the information, e.g. for archival or post-processing purposes, or to automate the use of appropriate SMS services, e.g. regional information services.

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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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                                1 comment  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 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 →
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                                  • 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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                                      0 comments  ·  App Platform - Japan  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • SD cards support in emulator

                                      Currently it is not possible to debug and test applications that reads data from the SD card in emulator, until you have device with MicroSD. It would be nice to have an option in emulator to mount disk, removable storage or folder, that will emulate behavoiur of SD card.

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                                      • 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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                                        • Assembly Binding Redirection support

                                          We really need Assembly Binding Redirection (or Publisher Policies) is Windows Phone!!

                                          Lets say you have a library A that the developer strongly signed.

                                          Now let's say you have two other libs, B and C, and both of these depend on A.

                                          If B and C were to be built with different versions of A, how will he use B and C on our projects?

                                          In the .NET Full Framework, we would use a .config file to make Assembly Binding Redirection (normally, we would point all versions of A to its most recent version), but this is not possible right…

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