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  1. 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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      0 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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        1 comment  ·  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 →
        • 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 →
          • 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 →
            • 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 →
              • Bring ftpwebrequest to Windows Phone

                Since the easiest way to get hold of files to be used in programs is by downloading them from a network or the internet and saving them in isolated storage it would make the whole thing a lot easier if you could do this with FTP. FTP is still one of the most used protocols for retrieving files. And using a proxy is not always an options since some of us would like to be able to reach FTP servers that is on a separate network.

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                  1 comment  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • MediaCapture.InitializeAsync - throws unauthorized exception

                  It seems that there is a bug, which appeard after the last WP8.1 Update. MediaCapture.InitializeAsync keeps throwing UnathorizedException. I tested it on my previously (before the update) working example and MSDN sample.

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                    6 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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 →
                    • 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 →
                      • 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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                          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 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 →
                          • Allow beta to release

                            When an application is cooked, it needs to be re-published as release version in DevCentre. A one-click "publish as release" would be useful for developers.

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                              2 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  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 →
                                        • Option to submit your app only to markets where taxes are accounted for.

                                          Currently, you can submit an app to all countries, or specific countries. I would like a button I can click that will only select the countries for which Microsoft already accounts for any taxes.

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