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  1. Detect whether user has rated the app or not

    As a developer, the only way to increase app ratings and review is to prompt user.

    At present there are no APIs to detect whether a user has rated the app or not. Some users get annoyed and down rate the app due to this very reason.

    This is a very basic piece of functionality that has been missing for long.

    Please provide us a simple API that gives us this information.

    Alternative for us to continue work towards this http://invokeit.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/detect-whether-user-has-reviewed-your-app-or-not-wpdev/ however I am not keen on this purely because I can see this being abused very easily.

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      7 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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…

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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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        • support to save audio file to medialibrary

          This will benefit for applications which create audio, or recording voice, it will be easy and unified way to export audio files instead of create extra server program.

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            1 comment  ·  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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            • Make the emulator emulate the ARM CPU, like in WinMobile

              Now that native development is an option, it's very frustrating that one can't debug the native code that's being executed on the device without a real device.

              Back in the Windows Mobile/CE days, Microsoft had a Device Emulator that would faithfully emulate an ARM CPU and would execute exactly that same code that eventually went to the device. This capability was essential for certain low-level tasks like native crash investigation, debugging stack clobbering scenarios, deep optimization with inline assembly (e. g. for NEON) and such. Now that capability is lost. Please bring it back.

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                2 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

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                  1 comment  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • WP8 Emulator "Demo Mode"

                  It would be great to be able to use the WP8 emulator (and Surface emulator for that matter) for mobility demonstrations, i.e. when I deliver a Dynamics CRM demo I often (nearly always) want to include mobility scenarios on the same screen as the rest of the demo. Using the actual hardware is okay for an in-person demo but the form factor isn't ideal to demonstrate the functionality to the whole room. It's no good at all for remote demos.

                  The emulators would be a great way to achieve this, but it would require:

                  1) The ability to install downloaded…

                  21 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                      1 comment  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Page Transition Effects API support

                      We need High Performance Page Transition Effects support !!!

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                      • 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

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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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                          • 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)

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                              • 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.

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                                • 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…

                                  13 votes
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                                  • 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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                                    • Enable video playback & game sounds on bluetooth!!

                                      I have cribbs about the lack of file transfer over bluetooth but the inability to play video and game sounds through a bluetooth headset is very, very lame.. I get to play music etc with by bluetooth headset. the moment I open a video, the sound's played back using the devices back speakers???

                                      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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                                        • Schedule Alarm and Reminder

                                          In the Schedule Namespace ist isn't possible to have access to the Media Library to play Songs, User has already on his Device -> Please add this function to get access to the Media Library.

                                          Another thing is, to have the possibility ti modify the Notification, wich is shown, when the Alarm or Reminder Rings.
                                          We need to open our Application, or to overwrite the notify to costumize it to get a better improvement for the user.

                                          Extend the API to query phone volume and vibration settings, maybe even set them.
                                          http://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/110705-app-platform/suggestions/1908267-extend-the-api-to-query-phone-volume-and-vibration

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