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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).

    538 votes
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      12 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Self Signed Certification SSL HTTPS

      For those of us wanting to provide free applications it would be nice if the WP7 supported self signed certs or the very least a widely known free SSL authority.

      Add ServicePointManager.

      Or at the very least add a free service to your accepted list of SSL authorities. Like cacert.org for instance.

      416 votes
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        23 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…

        209 votes
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          53 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!!

          168 votes
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            5 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Enable Bluetooth connections without pairing

            Enable to connect in code to Bluetooth devices where you know the name already without needing to pair the device. If you know the hostname, just allow StreamSocket.ConnectAsync do the connection.

            This enables many beacon type of scenarios,.

            93 votes
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              3 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Authenticated Proxy support in Code (HTTPWebrequest / WCF / Sockets)

              Currently it's not possoble to make connections behind proxy servers that require authentication.
              This very much limits business type apps that can use resources or run apps while connected to a work network.

              It's only currently possible via the web browser.

              85 votes
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                3 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • HttpWebRequest - ability to set referrer

                Add Ability to set referrer and other custom headers when using HttpWebRequest

                66 votes
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                  2 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…

                  63 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  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.

                    57 votes
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                      3 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  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.

                      48 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?)

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                          3 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  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".

                          34 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  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.

                            30 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 27 votes
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                                2 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Low Level NFC Support to access SmartCards via ISO14443 compatible Protocoll

                                At the moment there are only APIs for reading and writing NFC Tags. Unfortunately this is only a very small part of the NFC capabilities. With an ISO14443 Smartcard support, you would be able to communicate with Smartcards like being used in public transport or supporting payment via NFC Credit Cards.
                                These capabilities are well supported by other platforms and I would like to see this support on WP8 too.

                                26 votes
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                                  0 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.

                                  23 votes
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                                    4 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?

                                    23 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  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…

                                      23 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • 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.

                                        20 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  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 :(

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