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  1. SmsComposeTask completed event

    The SmsComposeTask does not provide any events.

    I think we need Completed event and something like SmsResult that can be used. Currently some Tasks exhibit this behaviour and some do not.

    Please make it a standard mode of usage for each task.

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      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Create a Windows Phone with attached gamepad similar to Sony's Xperia Play

      In my humble opinion, the Windows Phone is the best gaming phone on the market today. The connection with XNA and Xbox are limitless. I would love to see a Windows Phone that had real controls. If Microsoft or one of the manufacturers created a phone like that, it would make the experience even more awesome! Apple made a mistake of blocking any type of gamepad control for their phone. I would love to see Microsoft follow the path of Xperia Play and embrace this type of phone!

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      • Support for multiple calendars

        Support for multiple calendars, e.g. Multiple Google Calendars from one Google account, would be very useful.

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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 →
            • 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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                0 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Make Dev Process Easier

                Why are you making it so hard for developers to build WP8 apps?
                Let me please tell you my experience. I'm not a full time developer and coding just for fun in my free time. Playing around with my new WP8 I got the idea for an app that would make life easier for me and could be interesting for other people as well. So I wanted to give it a try and start with developing my first app. I want my app to be free - free apps for free people! So I headed to the WP8 Dev Portal…

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                  5 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  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  ·  Dev Center - use Dev Center forum  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 34 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  XNA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Assign icon from IsolatedStorage to ApplicationBarIconButton

                        Currently you can assign to ApplicationBarIconButton an icon present on your project as 'content'. This basically means you have to determine your icons at design time.

                        By providing the ability to assign an icon placed on the IsolatedStorage, the developer will be free to create button icons at runtime, dynamically download them from other places etc.

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                          0 comments  ·  Controls  ·  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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                            0 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • HttpWebRequest - ability to set empty (custom) http headers

                            I am using a open source API called OpenStack Storage (http://openstack.org/projects/storage/) that requires passing empty headers to remove certain custom metadata entries. The library being used by WP (HttpWebRequest) doesn't allow passing empty headers. It is unacceptable simply because according to RFC 2616 Section 4.1 (Header Field Definitions), the message headers of an HTTP 1.1 message value is optional. This is limiting me to provide customers to fully use my app for stuff like removing entries on their objects. The error I receive is something like "The header xxxxx has an empty value".

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                              0 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Ability to manage snapshots in WP emulator

                              The Windows Phone emulator should include the ability to manage VM snapshots for Windows Phone images. Developers should be able to create WP images that are tailored to be in a specific state, and manage those image snapshots.

                              Hyper-V is a powerful VM management tool, and it includes the ability to create new images and manage snapshots within them, allowing developers to save the current state of the VM (e.g., to manage particular testing scenarios such as upgrading the app when a good amount of custom data is in it, either for one app or multiple) or to roll the…

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                                2 comments  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 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 →
                                • 33 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  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 →
                                    • Disable 3G when phone is locked

                                      When the phone is locked (i.e. usually in my pocket, give users the option to disable 3G and just use edge for notifications etc.) Once the phone is unlocked and being used, 3G re-enables in the background for web browsing etc unless a Wi-Fi network is active. I'm sure that this would take normal day to day battery life well over the 10 hours or so that most people need.

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                                        3 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                        • Group call log entries by contact.

                                          In the call log, we can see multiple entries for the same contact. Instead, just show the latest activity.
                                          And show the previous entries, when clicked on the latest entry!!

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