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  1. Bring ftpwebrequest to Windows Phone

    Since the easiest way to get hold of files to be used in programs is by downloading them from a network or the internet and saving them in isolated storage it would make the whole thing a lot easier if you could do this with FTP. FTP is still one of the most used protocols for retrieving files. And using a proxy is not always an options since some of us would like to be able to reach FTP servers that is on a separate network.

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      2 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • USB On-the-Go (OTG) support

      Support for full USB OTG functionality, allowing powered hard drives, flash drives, USB hubs and camera memory cards (with a USB interface card reader), just to name a few, to be mounted, modified, filled and emptied by my Nokia device. This feature would also require a decent file manager but even android doesn't usually include one of those you just download whichever one you want. True USB OTG allows for full access to USB bus as the host of that bus, so you could even connect a mouse or keyboard, or a USB gaming controller or a desktop microphone for…

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        5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • WiFi APの位置情報登録の充実と精度向上

        日本の都市圏では、主要な駅や公共施設はほぼ例外なくWiFi APが設置されています。これらの位置情報をGPSによる自動登録に頼らず、クロールして登録してください。これだけで地下鉄、屋内等での位置情報アプリの利用価値が飛躍的に上がります。
        また、ポータブルWiFiAPや列車内APなどがGPS情報から自動登録されてしまい、おかしな位置情報を表示することが少なからずあります(Mangoでほぼ改善された?)。これらの移動するAPを位置情報DBから排除してほしいです。また、おかしな位置情報を報告する手段があると精度向上につながると思います。

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          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Ability to transfer app (IAPs) to a different developer account

          Currently, apps can be transferred between accounts (retaining, I believe, all ratings, users, app id, etc). This can be done through a support ticket.

          HOWEVER, apps with in-app purchases are not eligible to be transferred.

          Not even if the IAPs are completely removed from the app and deleted from the developer account. If the app EVER had an IAP, it is not eligible for transfer.

          I understand why this might not have been a high priority, but as the platform grows it seems absolutely necessary. I have apps I would like to transfer (which had IAPs) but I cannot do…

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            2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Support SSL certificate pinning

            There is SSL/TLS socket support in Windows Phone 8. However, currently no WP8 platform component seems to support SSL certificate pinning.

            When a SSL connection is created, there is no way to inspect the x.509 certificate chain returned by the remote server. I want to implement certificate pinning for additional security in my app and therefore I need an API to read the values of individual x.509 certificates.

            I am not the only one who needs this: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/17741740/read-ssl-certificate-details-on-wp8

            Please provide a way to do certificate pinning using platform components in WP8.

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              2 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Email headers broken

              Originally posted by Sergiy (http://wpdev.uservoice.com/users/26024506-sergiy)
              "
              russian characters in email subject field are replaced by question marks when reply is sent.
              Steps to reproduce:
              1. send an email from gmail web interface with word "тест" as subject
              2. download the email using phone default client (the subject is shown correctly)
              3. press reply (subject is still correct)
              4. send the email
              5. check Sent folder - subject is displayed as ????
              6. check email in gmail - subject is brolen as well

              p.s. the phone language and settings are UK english. russian is used only as additional keyboard…

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                1 comment  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Provide a low-level API for Bluetooth LE (useful for beacons and RSSI)

                It would be very useful to have a low-level API for Bluetooth LE, because it would allow us to design applications that make use of some very interesting features of Bluetooth LE, like Observer and Broadcaster roles. With such an API it would be possible for example to scan for beacons.

                Windows CE had such a low-level API, built on top of HCI (Host Controller Interface).

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                  0 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Weed out spam applications during certification process

                  The amount of spam applications, apps that are split out into several regions (i.e.: MyTranspo series), the ridiculous feed readers for all different musicians and whatnot, single book applications, and do-nothing apps (i.e.: the stuff published by "Eric_rulz")... This is just absolutely ridiculous. You already promised to take care of this, but it didn't work. We've still useless applications flooding the Marketplace, and there are no signs of it slowing. I believe that, instead of limiting the amount of certifications per user per day, the Marketplace should be a little better curated. Spam applications should not be approved. They should…

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                    2 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Please Open Alarm class Sound Property can acess IsolatedStorage file

                    In Microsoft.Phone.Scheduler.Alarm Class,sound property can acess "content " file ,why can not acess isolatedStorage wave file?please open api.

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                      4 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Assembly Binding Redirection support

                      We really need Assembly Binding Redirection (or Publisher Policies) is Windows Phone!!

                      Lets say you have a library A that the developer strongly signed.

                      Now let's say you have two other libs, B and C, and both of these depend on A.

                      If B and C were to be built with different versions of A, how will he use B and C on our projects?

                      In the .NET Full Framework, we would use a .config file to make Assembly Binding Redirection (normally, we would point all versions of A to its most recent version), but this is not possible right…

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                        1 comment  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Live Tile Update

                        The Live Tile doesnt seem to update by itself for new items until i open the app and close it. No amount of rebooting/resetting seems to help. While Toast Notifications seem to work "real-time", the Live Tile update simply doesnt. To my mind this defeats the very purpose of a "Live" tile. Went through quite a few forums and this seems to be a common refrain. Using a Lumia 920.

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                          1 comment  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Hi Anand, can you provide some additional information to help us look into this? Are you referring to a specific tile, or live tiles in general?

                          Currently, Live Tiles are able to update every 30 minutes via a Background Task/Background Agent, or immediately via Push Notifications if the developer has offered that functionality. Please note that if your phone is in Battery Saver mode then live tiles might not update until battery saver has been turned off.

                        • Provide API for hardware encoding/decoding and manipulation of H.264/MPEG-4 video

                          It is nearly impossible to edit videos recorded by the phone on the isolated storage, it shouldn't be this hard. One has to write its own libraries simply to encode and decode videos and access the frames, let alone manipulate them and do something useful. Even with native code support on WP8 it is very time consuming to port existing libraries to do this.

                          I think it would be much easier to just provide APIs for the hardware encoder/decoder to edit videos on isolated storage (and with better performance)

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                            1 comment  ·  Camera + Video APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Device status in Windows Runtime App

                            Provide API's to retrieve the current device information(OS info, RAM size, power source) in Windows Runtime App.

                            The equivalent class in Windows Phone 8 is Microsoft.Phone.Info.DeviceStatus

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                              0 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • OpenCL or C++ AMP Support

                              Having native access to OpenCL or C++ AMP support would be nice to have, especially with the newer hardware arriving with WP8.

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                                2 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Remove Search Restrictions

                                Remove the 50 apps limit from the phone and 100 app limit from the marketplace web site when users search for an app with a search term. If an app can not be found with its ideal keyword (becuase over a hundred apps already have used that search term) then new apps cannot be found with their ideal search terms. The concept of paging using skip and take very easily resolves this issue. It's quite dissapointing that a Bible app cannot be found with the search term bible.

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                                  8 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Enhance Microsoft.Phone.Scheduler Alarm and Reminder classes

                                  The Alarm and Reminder classes in Microsoft.Phone.Scheduler are very limiting and do not allow for any customization. Ideally these classes would be extended to accept a UserControl object that would be shown instead of the standard Title. The UserControl should run in the context of the application that created the Alarm or Reminder, and as such would have access to the appropriate view models. From there the application could be fully launched if desired.

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                                    2 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • MediaCapture.InitializeAsync - throws unauthorized exception

                                    It seems that there is a bug, which appeard after the last WP8.1 Update. MediaCapture.InitializeAsync keeps throwing UnathorizedException. I tested it on my previously (before the update) working example and MSDN sample.

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                                      4 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Preserve exif information of Images while saving in Isolated storage or Media library

                                      We can access exif info (limited) using a Picture object when dealing with Media library. But if we try to save an Image within app inside Media library or some Isolated storage we can't prserve exif info of that image. A better manipulation of exif APIs will be very helpfull. Read the given link for more details: http://forums.create.msdn.com/forums/p/84673/510718.aspx#510718

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                                      • 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.

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                                          1 comment  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • TimeZoneInfo requires zone ID support

                                          TimeZoneInfo misses a TimeZoneInfo(string id) constructor, together with a string TimeZoneInfo.Id{get} accessor.

                                          .Local and .Utc are not enougth: in some cases, you want to augment a picture that a user did take while travelling.
                                          He is back home, but needs to plan when to come back where the picture was taken. In order to decice when, he will augment his picture. He needs to augment it with the actual timezone of that part of the world, which may have changed since he was there.
                                          => only way: save timezone ID with the picture, and augment using the TimeZoneInfo(string id) constructor.

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