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  1. 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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    • 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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        • 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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          • 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 →
              • 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 →
                • 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 →
                  • 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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                        • Support for rendering engines like WebKit and Gecko etc.

                          Since many devs these days use consider only WebKit while developing mobile websites these websites do not render good using IE(which uses Trident isn't much HTML5 compliant). It degrades browsing quality and I'm unable to create a new browser which can fix this issue. UC Browser and IE10 are already there but they use Trident and are hopeless while browsing most of the websites that use vendor specific prefixes and non-standard code.

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                            0 comments  ·  Web Browser Control APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 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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                              1 comment  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Screenshot Hotkey in Emulator

                              It is physically impossible for me to play my game in the emulator and capture an image of it that actually represents what gameplay looks like.

                              My game is controlled by the Accelerometer and has very rapid gameplay that makes switching from using the Accelerometer to Screenshot tab and actually capturing a screenshot impossible. It simply doesn't work. In order to take the screenshot it takes 2 mouse clicks and about half a second. If I am lucky I can do it before my character dies, even then though the player is just moving in a straight line to nowhere…

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                              • 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 →
                                • Detect VPN status

                                  When a VPN is configured on a Windows Phone 8.1 device, non obvious badness will occur.

                                  Even if it is not currently active it will intercept local network traffic and prevent some apps which are supposed to operate against a home network from working (UPnP, network shares, home media sharing, etc).

                                  There is no way with the current SDK for a developer to detect this.

                                  This leaves developers with only unappealing options:

                                  1. Suffer with negative ratings because of broken functionality with apps that worked under 8.0 or without a VPN.
                                  2. Prompt all users with a warning that they…

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                                    0 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Filter app reviews by version number.

                                    Sometimes reviews can be for previous versions of the app. This can lead to some confusion about complaints in the reviews and whether they were fixed or not. Many times I've read reviews for apps and decided to not get it because I was unsure whether it was listened to and fixed or not.
                                    iOS has this implemented in their store and I believe it works great. If its not a legal issue, I firmly believe this needs to be implemented in the Windows Phone store.

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                                    • TimeZoneInfo requires zone ID support

                                      TimeZoneInfo misses a TimeZoneInfo(string id) constructor, together with a string TimeZoneInfo.Id{get} accessor.

                                      .Local and .Utc are not enougth: in some cases, you want to augment a picture that a user did take while travelling.
                                      He is back home, but needs to plan when to come back where the picture was taken. In order to decice when, he will augment his picture. He needs to augment it with the actual timezone of that part of the world, which may have changed since he was there.
                                      => only way: save timezone ID with the picture, and augment using the TimeZoneInfo(string id) constructor.

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                                        2 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Email headers broken

                                        Originally posted by Sergiy (http://wpdev.uservoice.com/users/26024506-sergiy)
                                        "
                                        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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                                          1 comment  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • 横長タイル使用を一般開発者のアプリへ開放してほしい

                                          Pictureハブなどのような、横2つ分の大きさを持つタイルを、一般開発者にも開放してもらいたいです。
                                          1つ分のタイルは多様な情報を表示させようと考えたときにはあまりにも小さすぎ、表示を断念することも少なくありません。
                                          ユーザの利便性のためにも、開発者の利便性のためにも、そしてアプリケーションの多様性をさらに活性化させるためにも、是非開放をお願いします。

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