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  1. 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 :)

    8,704 votes
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      761 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.

      10,081 votes
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        408 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.

      • Enable Offline Storage for Maps Control Tiles

        The TileSource class enables developers to provide custom tile sources for the Bing Maps control (such as OpenStreetMap), but requires an absolute URI to provide tiles. Given the frequently disconnected nature of WP7 applications, it would be better if it was possible to provide tiles from isolated storage to enable map downloading and access to maps when offline.

        1,066 votes
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          20 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Please - allow readonly access to Call History and Text History

          For creating more contact centric views of contacts

          1,578 votes
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            62 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Custom keyboard via code

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

            4,461 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.

              1,194 votes
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                15 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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!

                1,149 votes
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                  75 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.

                  1,005 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.

                  • Share data on active Windows Phones by OS version and device type

                    Similar to Android and Apple, Microsoft should share numbers around Windows Phone adoption among consumers, to enable me as a developer to make better decisions about what OS and hardware that I should support in my apps.

                    Information I would like to see:
                    - % distribution of OS by major/minor/build
                    - % distribution of memory level of device (e.g., 512MB, 1GB)

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

                      206 votes
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                        6 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Vastly improve stack-trace reporting

                        Stack traces are great, but some more information could be added, and provided for each individual crash:
                        1. The version of the app that crashed
                        2. The date of the crash (exact time wouldn't hurt either)
                        3. The exact OS version it crashed on
                        4. The hardware it crashed on
                        5. The language (or some sort of region info) used by the phone it crashed on
                        6. Anything else that would help us isolate a problem when we can't reproduce a crash on our own phones or in the emulator.

                        288 votes
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                          6 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  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.

                          192 votes
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                            4 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Need ShellTile.TileData() function

                            Currently,we can CREATE/UPDATE a ShellTile using a ShellTileData,but can not to get ShellTileData from an existing ShellTile.

                            Please release ShellTile.TileData() function in next build.

                            51 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  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.

                              291 votes
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                                3 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Prepaid codes for WP apps - Promo Codes for Reviewers

                                This has been in xbox arcade for awhile now and would be a good addition to the WP marketplace. Would be much easier to promote a paid app when you can give out a few free copies to people!

                                1,126 votes
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                                  27 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Thanks for the suggestion and the comments. I should have done this sooner, but marking it as ‘under review’ to [at least] acknowledge it.

                                  This is definitely something that we are hearing as a need, and it is definitely high up on the feature consideration list as the team looks at releases.

                                • Pay non-US developers through local MS office to make tax easier

                                  At the moment, developers planning to sell apps need to have a US tax ID (ITIN, I think?), which can be awkward to get if you're based outside the US. In the AppHub forums, several developers have said that they've paid for certified copies of passports etc to support their applications to the IRS, but are being rejected. Obviously, I'm not keen on starting this process with no guarantee that it will actually work, and I imagine that it's putting off a lot of prospective developers.

                                  Is it practical to pay non-US developers through a local MS office, so that…

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

                                    1,052 votes
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                                      15 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Keep sockets running until app is officially closed

                                      I was excited about sockets support until I found out that on every single app I downloaded that use sockets, if I switch to a different app, the start screen, or turn off my phone's display, the socket disconnects. This sucks, for a number of reasons.

                                      When switching away from my app, *as long as my app is still in the task switcher*, I want to be able to suspend the UI while maintaining my socket connection (and any necessary base operations required to do so). I don't want to have to reconnect to IRC or SSH or RDP every…

                                      508 votes
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                                        12 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Thank you for the suggestion and commentary. 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 as we look at continuing to improve the background execution experience for apps.

                                        Keep those suggestions and votes coming!

                                      • Textbox control for ApplicationBar like IE

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

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

                                          1,335 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!

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