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  1. XAML for live tiles

    Allow developers to implement an interface(s) on a user control and "submit" that instead of just filling in a tile data structure. This will make tiles truly "live" and open up the live of WP7 to new applications. This is also completely secure because the runtime can analyze the class (and it's IL) being submitted. A bevy of restrictions can also be heaped on the said user control in order to maintain performance and not sap battery life. Let Live tiles be live, please.

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      11 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Hi Ananth, we absolutely understand the desirability of this feature. However, our team must carefully balance the power and flexibility that we offer developers, with the consistency and performance of the most prominent screen on the device: Start.

      We are currently exploring ways to host a light-weight XAML engine in a memory constrained way, but there are a number of technical limitations making this a non-trivial problem. Memory usage on 512 MB devices, resolving ValueConverters that live within an apps’ assembly, exposing storyboards/animations in a consistent/performant way, are just a few examples. We look forward to updating you once we’ve been able to draw a definitive answer!

    • Add HTTP accept-encoding gzip header support in WebClient

      As of now, it's not possible to set the accept-encoding header : it would be so usefull to be able to set gzip compression to save bandwidth especially on 3G !

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

        Thank you for the suggestion and commentary. While we have not fully implemented this capability in the 8.0 release, the team tells me that it is possible to set this for GETs in this release. That being said, please know that this is also definitely on the consideration list for future Windows Phone releases.

        Keep those suggestions and votes coming!

      • Allow multiple Microsoft Accounts to manage a Dev Center Publisher account

        For corporate accounts, sometimes there is a need for more than 1 live id to access the dev. center. For example, more than 1 person from development team needs access to the portal as well as the development lead. Currently, all these people need to share the same live-id which is totally impractical as it can be a personal live id of a manager and he is not willing to share it with others. It would be really nice if access can be given to other live ids as well!

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          77 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Custom keyboard via code

          Allow to developers create a custom keyboard. eg. choose letters and numbers together

          4,583 votes
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            49 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • API to directly modify system properties (wifi, mobile data, bluetooth, volume, airplane mode, etc.) instead of using launchers

            This can be made safe for users by making the certification requirements very strict when utlizing those APIs with requirements for very clear, concise notice to the users.

            1,203 votes
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              15 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Extend the API to query phone volume and vibration settings, maybe even set them.

              Currently, when developing a alarm clock app, there is no way to tell if the user has his phone set to vibrate only, so a soundeffect set by the user is played even if he has set his phone to vibrate. I find this very confusing, even though the builtin alarm clock behaves the same way.
              This would also be good to have for games, so when you launch a game in a quiet environment not all heads turn the user's way :)

              8,730 votes
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                764 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Please - allow readonly access to Call History and Text History

                For creating more contact centric views of contacts

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                  64 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Provide ability to transfer ownership of app

                  Some people have had other developers submit apps to the marketplace on their behalf for many reason. They may have been in a country that is not supported for example. More then one developer may have worked on the app and are now splitting. Some people may sell their apps to others.

                  In all these cases it breaks the update cycle for existing users because the new owner would have to create a new app instead of updating the existing one.

                  175 votes
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                    9 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Toggling this back from done to planned work – it sounds like the merging of the Stores removed the ability for developer support to transfer ownership of apps due to limitations with the PFN (and a few other issues, but we’ll keep it high level here). Folks are very much aware – it’s on our radar.

                  • Rate and Review enhancement

                    The Windows Phone dev center seriously needs an enhancement to Rate and Review options. There are many features that can be added to improve the whole experience from a developer's perspective.

                    Web portal enhancements:

                    1) Ability for Dev to contact the reviewer
                    At times a certain feature isn't clear what is going wrong, or additional info is required from the reviewers. Developers should be given ability to communicate option to email reviewers.
                    If you do not want to display / expose email addresses, consider using Amazon / Ebay member communication mechanism which effectively hides private email address whilst allowing communication. …

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                      15 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Textbox control for ApplicationBar like IE

                      Add a Textbox control for the ApplicationBar like in the Internet Explorer.

                      898 votes
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                        4 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow direct dialing on PhoneCallTask

                        Allow users to choose if they want the "call/don't call" prompt dialog when an app invokes PhoneCallTask.

                        Fast dialing apps are killed by this limitation.

                        The same way a user can grant for background tasks, he could grant the app permissions to make direct dialing.

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                        • Universal Plug and Play Framework - UPnP / DLNA

                          Please add full support for UPnP 1.1 / DLNA for third-party applications - perhaps even DPWS for potential future devices. The phone as a media / device controller is growing in popularity (ex: Sonos controllers).

                          1,343 votes
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                            12 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Thank you for the suggestion and commentary. While we have made progress on this front in the 8.0 developer platform, this suggestion is still not fully implemented. That being said, know that it is high on the consideration list for future Windows Phone releases.

                            Keep those suggestions and votes coming!

                          • active installations Vs total downloads

                            It would be good to know not only the number of downloads but also how many are active still.
                            If you have seen the google store they show active installations more prominently than total download count - and that actually makes sense considering the amount of trash apps going around in all the phone o/s .

                            144 votes
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                              4 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • SMS Access API

                              Please provide an API that provides access to the texts to allow developers to implement an application to enable scenarios such as reading or archiving SMS messages.

                              10,118 votes
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                                410 comments  ·  Communication APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Currently, the platform provides a number of SMS Access from a system eventing perspective (as of Windows Phone 8.1), and Windows Phone supports sms backup/restore for consumers as part of the base OS (Settings → Backup). What we don’t provide is a backup API.

                                Using SMS events: Check out the Build 2014 session (http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2014/2-518) or MSDN docs on background tasks (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsphone/develop/hh977056.aspx)

                                Although the capabilities are there from a consumer perspective (the core ask for the suggestion), I’m marking this as ‘Under Review’ for the API perspective. The team is aware of the ask and it is something that is being considered.

                              • Support for submission packages

                                A developer would like to ease the app submission process by being able to upload an app submission as a single archive package per submission. This archive (could be a ZIP file) should contain all of the meta-data (could be as an XML file) and supporting files (e.g., XAP, screenshots, etc.) that the Store team needs to ingest the app and provide it to the store. Apple provides a similar capability via iTunes Connect (https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/LanguagesUtilities/Conceptual/iTunesConnect_Guide/8_AddingNewApps/AddingNewApps.html).

                                This capability would not only enhance the submission experience, but it would also allow for Store submissions to be added and tracked in…

                                356 votes
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                                  11 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Allows software products from the same Publisher, accessing IsolatedStorage

                                  Want to have a feature. Allows software products from the same Publisher, accessing IsolatedStorage. And can communicate with each other. Start each other (optional), which can be expanded larger developers ideas and more powerful than iOS and Android system.

                                  This can save storage space, unified data storage location.

                                  Or another form. Developers can provide their main program with subroutine. Subroutines can be run separately. Main program can manage/run program. In this way, developers can provide independent extension to process the data.

                                  Wish to consider this kind of system design.

                                  PS: above I use the online translation feature.

                                  231 votes
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                                    4 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Thank you for the suggestion. We are not adding this capability in the 8.0 release, but know that it is high on the consideration list for future Windows Phone releases.

                                    Note that today, publishers can use server side comms/services to accomplish this type of solution, but this is not yet possible for logic that occurs entirely on the device.

                                    Keep those suggestions and votes coming!

                                  • Support File Explorer with transfer to PC option for developers

                                    Sometimes it's usefull to explore and tranfer back files generated in app that's running on phone/emulator back to the developer PC, without additional coding.

                                    1,008 votes
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                                      14 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Thank you for the commentary thus far. We are not adding this capability into the WPSDK 8.0 tooling release, but know that it is on the consideration list for future Windows Phone releases.

                                      As mentioned in the comments, there are a variety of ways of accomplishing access via the included Isolated Storage Explorer and a variety of community tools. Marking this as ‘under review’ to keep it on the tools team radar for improving this experience in the future.

                                    • Show a paid app w/ a "trial" option in the "free apps" category

                                      When I create a paid app with a trial option, many users blow right by it because it doesn't show up in the "free" category even though a light version of the app is free (via the trial).

                                      Some people are resorting to the super-inefficient Apple app store method of releasing 2 versions of the app... one that shows up in the "free" category and another that runs as a paid app. The "trial" is a fantastic concept, but it is hobbled by this oversight

                                      1,557 votes
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                                        40 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                          on the backlog  ·  17 comments  ·  Phone Data Store APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • PasswordBox with Number only keyboard

                                          it would be helpfull to have a passwordBox like control which supports Number only keyboard. Numeric only passwords makes more sense for Smartphone world as its fast, convenient and easy to type.

                                          195 votes
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                                            4 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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