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  1. Vector Tiles, App List icons, and App Bar icons

    It would be nice to see Windows Phone move to optional vector based icons instead of static bitmaps.

    This would allow the application bar (or appbar) to resize if say HD screens were added.

    Ideally, users would only need 2 icons for the marketplace: 'Tile' (contains the application name), and 'List' (just the icon for the app list). Appbars could be created at 48x48 and resized as needed.

    I know this is a pain on developers that are not designers or have designers, but an option would be nice time saver for the future. Currently I know of developers creating…

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      2 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • TextBox height or width can beyond 2048 pixel limitation.

      I understand the max size limitation to control. And there are some approach to work around on most of the controls. However, for some control, e.g. TextBox, it's a big problem.

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        2 comments  ·  Controls  ·  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 →
        • Automatic Notification for available updates on marketplace tile..

          Whenever any updates are available for installed apps in WP 7.5. It should be displayed as notification in marketplace tile or home screen..

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            2 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  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 →
              • Support SSL certificate pinning

                There is SSL/TLS socket support in Windows Phone 8. However, currently no WP8 platform component seems to support SSL certificate pinning.

                When a SSL connection is created, there is no way to inspect the x.509 certificate chain returned by the remote server. I want to implement certificate pinning for additional security in my app and therefore I need an API to read the values of individual x.509 certificates.

                I am not the only one who needs this: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/17741740/read-ssl-certificate-details-on-wp8

                Please provide a way to do certificate pinning using platform components in WP8.

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                  1 comment  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 33 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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 →
                    • 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 →
                      • Provide more detail on app submissions in process.

                        I have an app that has been sitting in post-submission, "pre" certified status. Would be nice to know why it's been sitting there for a week, in that state.

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                          0 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 32 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Please Open Alarm class Sound Property can acess IsolatedStorage file

                            In Microsoft.Phone.Scheduler.Alarm Class,sound property can acess "content " file ,why can not acess isolatedStorage wave file?please open api.

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                              3 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Support GIF image

                              At least support displaying static GIF image. This is essential for making client app for web services.

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                                3 comments  ·  XAML APIs (Silverlight-style)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • App installed list

                                just in case you have reset the phone, you can go to the 'Apps installed list' to reinstall your last free & bought apps

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                                  4 comments  ·  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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                                    3 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Microphone button on Keyboard

                                    The voice to text feature on WP8 seems incredible, but the option to use it is rarely presented. It would be nice, as with android, that the voice to text feature be a button on the keyboard and thus always available. This would be especially nice when in the car.

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                                    • Provide Song Name for MediaPlayer.Queue.Activesong for Zune Streamed Music

                                      Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Media.MediaPlayer.Queue.Activesong populates the .Artist property for music *streamed* from Zune, but not the .Name property, so devs can't know what song is playing. Marketplace policy requires music apps to populate both properties, so Zune should do this, too.

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                                        0 comments  ·  XNA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Show app review rating worldwide!

                                        I understand that it makes sense to only show app reviews only in those countrys were they come from. E.g. a German review should only be shown in Germany (and maybe in Switzerland and Austria). What I don't understand is, that you also showing the app rating in countries, were they come from.

                                        For example: An app has 20 ratings. 15 from Germany (all with 4 stars), 1 from USA (1 star) and 4 from France (5 stars)

                                        If you now open the app in the Windows Phone Store from Germany, you will see a total app review rating of…

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                                          5 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Better integration with system tray

                                          Would be nice to have the possibility to set background color, icon color, etc. not just hide or show.

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                                            3 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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