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  1. use shadow effects

    use shadow effects on the windows

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      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow developer unlocking more devices

      Currently, a paid developer account can only developer unlock 3 devices. If one wants to do some compatibility testing of one's code, 3 devices is a very very low number - almost any beginning developer can easily run into this limit.

      After searching the web, I found suggestions to contact the support to have the limit raised - which I did - but they would only allow it to be raised to 5 devices, which isn't much of an improvement.

      They said that to raise the limit further, I would have to have at least 3 apps published. In my…

      3 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Dev Center Registration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Fix Map control so that it is possible to databind/add multiple objects in Universal apps with reasonable performance

        When you add items to the map and then pan the map the items aren't following the map but are lagging behind.

        If you add more than a few, like 25+ the performance is so bad that you have to wait for a few seconds after you stop to be sure that the pins/controls are in the right position.

        This is only happening in Universal apps if we make a Silverlight app the pins are following the map like they should even if more than a few hundred items are added.

        There are lot's of posts about this around the…

        7 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Stay consistent with Identity and/or Package Version

          With Universal Apps, the Windows Phone Dev Center will pull the Identity version number (and not allow us to change it in the store). This version number is shown on the app's "details" page in the Windows Phone Store.

          Visual Studio's Create Package wizard allows one to assign a version number, however, this assigns the Package version number. This is not shown in the Dev Center. Using this wizard alone, sets the Identity version number to a datestamp.

          In addition, in the Windows Phone Store "history" page the app's Package number version is shown.

          Please stay consistent. Either use the…

          3 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Default Submission Info (Like Screenshots) That Is Applied To All Languages

            We always lose a lot of time updating an app because:

            1. We have to delete one image at a time to replace it
            2. We have to populate all languages one by one, even if the content is exactly the same (very annoying and unproductive!)

            So there should be default values for Screenshots, Logos, E-mail, Website, etc. Having to duplicate it is really not nice.

            Thanks,
            @brunolemos

            4 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Ability to Increase The Toolbar Icons From Small/Medium or Large.

              Unable to increase the size of the Toolbar Icons without increasing the percentage for the display. When I increase the Percentage from 100% to 125% it also increases the appearance when I work on Office 2013 EXCEL. spreadsheet and I have to readjust by deleting lines so that the area for a typical 81/2 X 11 sheet of paper doesn't bleed into 2 pages as oppose to just 1 letter size page.

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                0 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • shebang

                It would be nice if Windows could detect script files with shebang lines (#!) at the beginning of the file, and execute scripts with the executable denoted in that line. Or, barring that, have a tool that allows a user to determine which executable a script file is launched with (given the executable named in the shebang line), and which passes along the script path and arguments to the user-defined executable (which could be a shell, interpreter, script engine, etc).

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                • Improve the payout system

                  The current payout portal does not accept 8 digit Swift numbers, it requires obviously 11 digits, which is not correct. The payout has been delayed by months. Request for a compensation has been rejected in a very arrogant and unbelievable way by Derrick Jones, though the fault is on Microsoft's side.

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                    0 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Extend download reports to include all downloads back in time.

                    Being new to reporting I find I cannot go back and get Windows or Windows Phone downloads all the way back in time, but rather am stopped at some arbitrary back date. I realize the field structure changes, etc. But at a minimum MS needs to offer the data back in time in whatever structure they have it stored, and let us munge as we need. Else I cannot accurately predict long term trends, etc. Thanks!

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                      0 comments  ·  Dev Center Reporting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Migrating your Windows Phone 8 app to a Windows Runtime XAML app

                      Please create a tool to convert WP8 Silverlight to Runtime app.
                      Create a tool to migrate as much code that is compatible with universal app and mark with the error that is not compatible. This facilitates a basic migration at first then we can concentrate on improving the app for the new interface.

                      36 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Windows Universal System Information API

                        Please provide an API where one can query for any system information or device info data. Its currently spilled all over the system into a bunch of unrelated APIs, Registry, and files. WMI exposes it, but its just simply, an awful way to retrieve the basic info in a modern ecosystem.

                        The *nix ecosystem handles it beautifully with the "proc" filesystem. Windows unfortunately has no equivalent of it, and is a nightmare for developers, unless they know exactly which APIs or Registry Keys to look for.

                        4 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow Deployment or Testing With Multiple Phones Attached to One Computer

                          Currently it is not possible to deploy an app to a device if you have multiple plugged in. Connecting to the device will fail. This means you must have exactly one plugged in for your deployment and testing to work.

                          I would like some way so that I can have my various devices (each with different form factor) get the latest build deployed to them all or a select number of them instead of debugging simply failing. This would speed up the testing process and prevent the shuffling of phones on my desk I currently have to do.

                          Basically, replace…

                          3 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • External USB Hard Drive dosn't show a disconnect when you use the "Safely Remove Devices" when you want to remove it from the computer.

                            When removing an External USB Hard Drive from my computer by using the "Safely Remove Device" icon bottom left near the clock doesn't show that the device was properly removed from the computer. Although when I plug my External Hard Drive in, there is an pop box that appears bottom left that tells me that the device has been plugged in and is ready to use and a folder appears with what is on my external drive.

                            2 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add "@" button on the titlebar to provide feedback on the spot

                              As for the "?" button on windows to access the help manual, a "@" button would allow developers to receive feedback from final users. It would work both for Microsoft, e.g. Windows 10, and for third party applications.

                              3 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • First Open Source IE

                                Open Source IE, You are not making any money off of IE. Then why keep it closed , also every other browser is light years ahead of IE, then what strategic advantage does it serve ?

                                Keeping IE closed will hurt the company , and making it opensource will expose tons of bugs initially but in long run if you are able to build a successful open source community may be it may turn around the plates and many developers who left windows might comeback.

                                Not many people want to use IE infact many people i know first download a…

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                                  0 comments  ·  Web Browser Control APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Make all country-specific content policies explicit in the Store certification guidelines

                                  The current Windows Phone Store certification guidelines mention that some policies exist for some countries, with China as an example, but this is not very useful compared to the old list which made every guideline explicit.

                                  Please add the content policies back to the guidelines, i.e. a list of country groups and the exact requirements that these countries impose on published apps.

                                  For instance, China doesn't allow references to disputed regions... but what's a reference? Is displaying a map centered on a completely different part of the world OK? Many Arabic countries do not allow references to alcohol, but is…

                                  3 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Dev Portal + Publication  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Updated reporting tool data discrepancy

                                    Please can you confirm when the app download reporting fix will be issued?

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                                      • App not appearing in store search results ("Wegman's")

                                        I successfully published an app at the end of January 2015 to the Windows Phone (and Windows 8.1) app store. When I search for it by exact name "Wegman's" on my Lumia 1520, there's only one result, and it's not this app. (A search for "Wegman" does return results that do include my app). I have other apps with an apostrophe in the name, but they come up in searches as expected (e.g. "Erica's Run"). Any help would be appreciated. Thanks! -Jim Wilcox, The Granite State Hacker

                                        2 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • webview NavigateToLocalStreamUri

                                          In windows phone 8.1/windows 8.1 was added to the webview the method NavigateToLocalStreamUri wich uses a IUriToStreamResolver to send the resources to the webview.

                                          This control is not compatible with XMLHttpRequest but only with HTML requested uri (eg: image src).

                                          Should be possibile to use the same control to intercept local XMLHTTPRequest (with all data - headers, POST data) and respond to the client (a structured response will be appeciated.. not only the byte[] of the resource..).

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