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  1. MaskedTextBox Control

    The TextBox control is the most used control in a Windows program. It also cause a lot of problem either from QA or the user because of invalid data that was entered. Using a masked control will save a lot of time for the developer and reduce the complaints and bugs

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      on the backlog  ·  2 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Enable Blur and Transparency XAML Effects to Allow for Creative see-through UI designs

      The new start menu features the Aero (transparency and blur) effects we all love. It'll be great if we can enhance our own apps with the same effect where we choose. In addition to transparency and blur on any control, give us the ability to apply the effect to the base container, thus making portions of our application see-through to the desktop.

      In other words, I want to be able to create designs such as this: http://i.imgur.com/27fUxtM.jpg

      Providing more design options, allows us to diversify our application's interface designs and set it apart from others in the market.

      550 votes
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        on the backlog  ·  5 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Custom keyboard via code

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

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          54 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Controlling players implementing Background Audio

          Currently, I can detect and control what the embedded Zune player is currently playing.
          The same can't be done with 3rd party apps implementing background audio streaming like soundtracker etc.

          79 votes
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            1 comment  ·  XNA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow Developers to 'roll back' to a previous update without re-certification

            Occasionally an update to an app gets past developer & certification testing and is released into the wild. Even if the bug is an easy fix for the developer it will take the certification team the standard 4+ days to certify the new build and publish it.

            Instead of this we should be allowed to roll back to a previously published version without going through certification. That way the users will be back on a stable release (or will not be prompted for an update if they were still on the previous release) and the developer will not feel rushed…

            493 votes
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              10 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Thanks folks for the suggestion and the on-going commentary. We’re marking this as ‘under review’ to acknowledge that the team is aware of this request. This is a very complicated/hard item for implementation, and there is a general feel that the new accelerated certification process alleviates much of the need (as an update can be published, for most folks, in less than an hour – rather than in 4 days).

              That being said, continue to weigh in on the comments section.

            • 743 votes
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                on the backlog  ·  17 comments  ·  Phone Data Store APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • ToUpper property on TextBox

                Please create this option native to TextBox control
                It's very usefull in WinForm projects and could speed up development on universal app too.

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                  3 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Support for submission packages through API or bulk import

                  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…

                  550 votes
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                    28 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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.

                    957 votes
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                      12 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 a SavePng extension to WriteableBitmap (similar to SaveJpeg)

                      When you create a tile dynamically, it is common to want to save it as a Png file so that it uses transparency (so that it respects the theme accent color).
                      However, there is no built in method to save a WriteableBitmap as a png.
                      There is however a nice extension to save it to jpg, but that doesn't help if you want to use transparency to leverage the theme accent color in your tile.

                      I think many apps that need to generate a tile dynamically will encounter this issue.

                      323 votes
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                        5 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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 .

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                          3 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 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.

                          1,076 votes
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                            18 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.

                          • Integrate BackgroundAudioPlayer and XNA MediaLibrary

                            Allow the BackgroundAudioPlayer to play tracks from the MediaLibrary. Or allow applications that implement the XNA MediaPlayer class to run in the background.

                            501 votes
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                              14 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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.

                              10,295 votes
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                                423 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.

                              • 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

                                1,667 votes
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                                  43 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 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 →
                                  • Video Chooser Task

                                    It would be good to have a Video Chooser Task that works in the same way as the PhotoChooserTask. The reason for this is for users to be able to do things like apply filters, add audio tracks, crop out a relevant section, etc... of a recorded video and saving it back to the MediaLibrary. I assume saving to the MediaLibrary will be part of the AR functionality in mango anyway?

                                    369 votes
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                                      18 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Windows 8 like Search Contract for Search Button

                                      It would be nice to have a SearchContract so the Bing Key could be more usefull. You could enter you search term and either press enter to bing for it or scroll down a list of search contract enabled applications blow the Textbox and tap the application you want to search. Of cause the nice images in the background wouldn't make that much sense anymore but the usabilty would be a lot better.

                                      380 votes
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                                        4 comments  ·  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.

                                        215 votes
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                                          4 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Deep zoom & pan / multiscale image

                                          I request that the MultiScaleImage library to be able to access isolated storage. There are many places where apps will not connect to a cell tower [e.g. in a general aviation (or commercial) aircraft where cell phones do not work well [it is illegal to use in any case] and also in isolated rural areas. Also, why pay data charges to view the same image over and over [aren’t music & photo libraries stored on phones?] And finally memory is very cheap. Some suggest that large images (even broken into tiles) are inappropriate for storage on a phone – that…

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