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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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      13 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!

    • 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 →
      • 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.

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          425 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

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            43 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • winappdriver: Support TouchAction Commands

            The JSON Wire protocol has support for sending touch commands with fixed coordinates, will it be possible to add support for them?

            http://appium.github.io/java-client/io/appium/java_client/TouchAction.html

            9 votes
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              on the backlog  ·  1 comment  ·  UI Testing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Please add support for standalone application conversion in Centennial

              Presently you can only convert installer packages in .exe or .msi. Please add functionality to convert non-installer packages or standalone applications developed as 32 bit Win apps as well.

              33 votes
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                3 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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  ·  3 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.

                  382 votes
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                    4 comments  ·  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…

                    513 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.

                    • Custom keyboard via code

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

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                        55 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • WebView sub/popup/multi-window handling improvement

                        Please implement possibility for developer to handle (popup) window user flow. This is mainly useful for OAuth 3rd party authentication that is typically not under control of a developer.

                        Today there is a handler for NewWindowRequested to create new window, but there seems to be no way to handle window.close() call from javascript for example.

                        Requesting full implementation of the tools for the case, including support to handle window opening, closing (window.close), window.opener (parenthood) info, messaging (window.postMessage).

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                          1 comment  ·  Controls  ·  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.

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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.

                          • 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.

                            218 votes
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                              4 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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.

                              332 votes
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                                5 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  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.

                                781 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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?

                                  371 votes
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                                    18 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                      on the backlog  ·  17 comments  ·  Phone Data Store APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • 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.

                                      498 votes
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                                        14 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 →
                                        • 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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                                            2 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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