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  1. Documentation for App URI Schemes

    The windows phone developer site should have a place where app developers can search for URI schemes used in other windows phone apps, and get relevant documentation for them.

    When submitting an app the store submission process should prompt you to link to documentation for any URI schemes your app includes in the manifest file, or mark them as private URIs if you don't want to document them.

    This idea came from a conversation around Matt Lacey's blog post: http://mrlac.eu/1lxwDi4 where he found over 300 URI schemes from some of the top apps in the store, many of which do…

    188 votes
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      2 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  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…

      45 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Preserve exif information of Images while saving in Isolated storage or Media library

        We can access exif info (limited) using a Picture object when dealing with Media library. But if we try to save an Image within app inside Media library or some Isolated storage we can't prserve exif info of that image. A better manipulation of exif APIs will be very helpfull. Read the given link for more details: http://forums.create.msdn.com/forums/p/84673/510718.aspx#510718

        36 votes
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          1 comment  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Enable the tile home screen & the whole phone to work in 270 degree landscape mod

          with this mod we can enjoy the platform more the than ever before is to make in the landscape like the upcoming windows 8 or like the original tile home screen from up to down or down to up

          18 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow Access to Windows Universal APIs from WPF Desktop Applications

            Many developers feel that the Sandboxed environment of the Universal platform is too limiting and that the full power of a Desktop based application is more appropriate to solve the problem at hand. It would therefore be very nice to be able to easily tap into the Windows Universal Platform from WPF Desktop Applications. If this could be a more fully supported scenario developers could leverage the full power of Desktop Applications but also tap into the innovation that is flourishing on the Windows Universal Platform. Win/Win.

            The following build talks are areas where I see great potential for this…

            16 votes
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            • Windows Phone Tools Self-Install instead of Web-Install

              It would be very nice to be able to download the entire Windows Phone Tools and install it, instead of having to use the web for installation. I am a teacher and having to install it this way for the entire lab takes forever.

              16 votes
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                1 comment  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • zip/rar file support

                .net should support zip, system can use, why not give developers?

                15 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow launching app from URI using QR code scan on Search/Vision screen

                  It will be very useful if user can scan custom QR code from other screen or poster from phone Search / Vision function and launch app via associated URI saved in QR code. According to documentation it is only possible using NFC (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsphone/develop/jj206987(v=vs.105).aspx#BKMK_URIassociations)

                  15 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Photo chooser improvement

                    Photo chooser should also allow us to customize the photo chooser task like the one in Photos Hub. The photo chooser task needs to support selecting multiple pictures feature, and add an app bar to it.

                    14 votes
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                      4 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Progress or status notice on EmailComposeTask

                      There is currently no way to know if an EmailComposeTask was cancelled or got an error while sending. I need to be able to tell if the user actually went through with the email to know whether to delete the email text. Otherwise I have to ask the user if they sent it (poor user experience).

                      12 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Please - Give us a SQL Server or MySQL compatible dll

                        Because we cannot pay for an expensive Azure cloud service everytime we need to connect to a database...

                        10 votes
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                        • Make encrypted database can be edit on deskop dev software

                          the encrypted dabase file generated by WPDT can't be open with VS2010 or SQL server 2008.Hope you can fix this

                          9 votes
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                          • Allow apps to implement Launchers or Choosers

                            When developing apps it is often useful to leverage existing Launchers and Choosers as Tasks to access certain data or perform an operation. Currently this is only exposed for system-level data and operations.

                            It would be ideal to allow apps to expose certain bits of data or functionality to other apps to provide a complementary experience in terms of reuse of information or performing similar tasks.

                            Imagine shopping apps being able to share a set of data such as a wish list or news apps being able to share a list of news feeds. Imagine having an installed app do…

                            9 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Extensable API's for first party apps.

                              If you look at all of the most popular programs in any field (Photoshop, Office, Chrome, etc..) one thing is always constant and that is 3rd party extensability. Bring this to Windows phone to all native apps. Instead of making a new camera app, allow me to extend the native one. Instead of making a new todo list app, let me extend the native one. Bring this to all of the native apps including office, the dialer, people hub, etc...

                              8 votes
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                              • Add a Package.appxmanifest design time experience for mobile:Extension

                                Today, the UI designer could not work because it cannot parse the node. "mobile:Extension". It could be good to have it fixed to allow to continue editing settings + visual assets in a Gui rather than in the xml editor

                                ex:
                                <Extensions>
                                <uap:Extension Category="windows.search" />
                                <Extension Category="windows.backgroundTasks" EntryPoint="Local.CallerIdBackgroundTask.LocalCallerIdBackgroundTask">
                                <BackgroundTasks>
                                <uap:Task Type="phoneCall" />
                                </BackgroundTasks>
                                </Extension>
                                <mobile:Extension Category="windows.phoneCallOriginProvider"/>
                                </Extensions>

                                7 votes
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                                • Multitasking support

                                  Return back a multi-task support (may be optional?) will significal improve advanced users experience. In current situation its almost impossible to create some kind of applications, such as different trackers, survilence etc

                                  7 votes
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                                  • regioninfo

                                    Add a full support of RegionInfo and add possibility to instanciate one with two letter iso code.

                                    SO, we can use it to dispal country name with user language.

                                    7 votes
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                                    • Support full-text searching in local databases

                                      Local database support would be much more useful with the addition of full-text search support for quickly querying large amounts of text (e.g. dictionaries).

                                      Other implementations of SQL CE already support full-text indexes (i.e. through 'freetext'), and rival platforms such as Android and iOS can exploit SQLite's full-text support, so WP7 is currently at a disadvantage.

                                      7 votes
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                                      • I want to use GPL code base and my ubuntu infrastructure for development

                                        Our company has no windows computers and all development is based on GPL'ed or other source available code base. Now it seems impossible to do anything with windows phone?

                                        7 votes
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                                        • Microsoft.Phone.status?

                                          Is it possible to put something like Microsoft.WindowsMobile.status on the development of your Windows phone 7.1?

                                          Purpose: Events related to: When one phone call starts and ends. also something for SMS. This is for perform any action on background!

                                          7 votes
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