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  1. Add a GrantAccountAccessTask for obtaining temporary access to social media accounts

    Social networking APIs, like Facebook, are constantly adding new features. Proving access to the authentication directly (even if it were temporary) would allow applications to use the most up-to-date social networking SDK to provide better features for their users.

    A "GrantAccountAccessTask" could, for example, ask the user for temporary access (including what permissions are needed). If the user did not have an account configured for that provider, they could be given the chance to create one (or simply redirected to the social network providers website).

    354 votes
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      12 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  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…

      118 votes
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        67 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Implement Radio Interface Layer !!!

        In Windows Mobile 6.5, this library exist, and it's very good for retreive lot of cell tower informations ( Cell ID, MNC, MCC, LAC, IMEI, IMSI ) lot of information we do not have access with Windows Phone!!

        69 votes
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          6 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Allow CookieContainer to be Serialized/Deserialized

          Currently, serialization and deserialization of the CookieContainer doesn't work. The documentation says to use the CookieContainer if one needs to save off HttpOnly cookies. It seems that saving the CookieContainer isn't possible.

          "If the server sends HTTPOnly cookies, you should create a System.Net.CookieContainer on the request to hold the cookies, although you will not see or be able to access the cookies that are stored in the container."

          52 votes
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            9 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • SMB (Network file shares) should be supported on Windows Phone

            It is really sad that I cannot just grab my phone, go to file explorer and tap on a video I want to play that is on my local network. This is ridiculous.

            Also and perhaps more importantly developers need this! Do you know how many hoops I have to jump though to make an app that simply takes photos and puts them on a network location... Too many.

            With SMB support any developer could connect to a remote file share via URI (eg. \\servername\share\sub-folder) and then authenticate using remote server credentials and just like that you have enabled many…

            38 votes
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              2 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Client for Windows Share/SAMBA servers

              Add the ability to connect to WindowsShare/Samba servers.

              29 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Allow HTTP Requests Started In The Foreground To Complete In The Background

                It is a common scenario for the user to initiate a network transfer, then turn off the screen or switch to another app while the transfer is still in progress. Apps should get at least 60 seconds of background processing time to complete such network transfers and process the response. I'm aware that the Background Transfer Service is available, but there are cases where this is not usable, because it requires the data to be transferred to be written to temporary files in the storage. This is also a capability that other mobile platforms have, and I think it is…

                27 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • [UWP] Need http proxy function

                  While http proxy function lost since windows phone,
                  Now in UWP we can only set http proxy(ip+port,username+psw) in the connected Wifi manually.

                  We need set it in codes.

                  Thanks,
                  Jimmy (win10app@outlook.com)

                  21 votes
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                    3 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    From Sidharth:
                    This idea tracks allowing apps to set a custom system proxy for specific HTTP requests. Today, in the UWP platform, the system proxy gets used by default and apps have the option of not going through the proxy.

                    If you have a scenario that depends on being able to set your own custom proxy from within a UWP app, please add your vote and add a comment with your scenario. Thanks!

                  • 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.

                    20 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  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?)

                      17 votes
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                        4 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • SSL/TLS support for StreamSocketListener

                        It's impossible with a Universal App to accept SSL connections for TCP streams. This makes authenticating remote connections impossible. I'm running an extremely basic web server from my app to allow people to remotely control the app over wifi from a browser. This is possible through the StreamSocketListener but I can't encrypt it.

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                          2 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Keep alive WiFi in when phone is locked to be able to have WCF app that let receive notifications

                          I am very intersting in develop app in WCF that let me to receive notificaction from the server or other clients, but this is impossible for three main reasons:

                          1.- WiFi is disabled when the phone is locked.
                          2.- It's not possible to have an app in background that listens the communication channel.
                          3.- WCF don't let duplex communication.

                          13 votes
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                            4 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow access to MCC and MNC of SIM and network.

                            Allowing access to the MCC and MNC will allow companies to know when a user is in roaming, without the need for a data connection(which is currently the only way to know for sure). For us this is a necessity, as we are offering telephony services to clients through toll-free numbers (we are not a mobile network operator), but if a client is in roaming, we have no way to accurately bill our customer.

                            12 votes
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                              3 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Detect if you are on waiting when calling someone

                              Imagine if you are calling someone who is already involved in a call, the waiting notification displayed which has been available for long time in several mobiles could give you a relief to contact him later instead of doing a recurring calling and bothering him/her. This is a missing feature since windows mobile. Do you agree that it is time to have it now?

                              10 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Support UDP Broadcast

                                UDP Broadcast (send to 255.255.255.255) is not supported. In this case an exception is thrown.

                                We need UPD broadcast to search for our devices in the network.

                                These devices have a simple network interface an cannot be extended for several reasons (flash size, communication library). UPNP and UDP Multicast is not supported by these devices.

                                The only possibility to search them is to use UDP Broadcast. We get an answer back and know how devices are in the network. Then we can use the Smartphone as remote control four our devices.

                                10 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • internet explorer 10 mobile

                                  port Internet Explorer 10 to a mobile version (as soon as ie10 is ready) to get all new ie10 features to our mobile phones so we can build better webapps for windows phone. pls support fixed possitioned elements!! ie9mobile does not do this :(

                                  9 votes
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                                    2 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Fix UdpAnySourceMulticastClient to properly support SSDP broadcasts

                                    SSDP (used in UPnP) relies on UDP multicast for discovery. Currently UdpAnySourceMulticastClient allows for the listening to existing SSDP traffic, as well as sending a solicitation (M-SEARCH) out requesting that UPnP devices advertise themselves to the solicitor.

                                    When a device replies to the M-SEARCH message it sends a unicast message to the IP & port that the M-SEARCH message was sent from.

                                    There is no way for a WP7 application using UdpAnySourceMulticastClient or Socket to listen on the correct port, thus requiring a great deal of time to be spent in any UPnP application when doing device discovery.

                                    Proper socket…

                                    9 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • 3G measurement report partially available.

                                      Identify cell and BTS connected, RSCP,CPICH RSSI and EcNo, pathloss, (...), Wifi RSSI/strength

                                      8 votes
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                                      • Calling a webservice from the App's DeActivated/Closing event

                                        Our app requires to call a web service from the Application_Deactivated/Application_Closing event to generate an analytics report. Currently windows phone does not allow to call a webservice from these events.

                                        8 votes
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                                        • Support to WiFi TTLS authentication suport for

                                          private/corporate WiFi authentication with a certificate is not supported at Mango.

                                          8 votes
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