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  1. Wp 8.1 Map control should be MVVP compliant!

    Map control for windows phone 8.1 is not MVVP compliant and this forces me to create View aware ViewModels that makes them untestable and not easily reusable.

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      0 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  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.

      • 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 →
        • Filter app reviews by version number.

          Sometimes reviews can be for previous versions of the app. This can lead to some confusion about complaints in the reviews and whether they were fixed or not. Many times I've read reviews for apps and decided to not get it because I was unsure whether it was listened to and fixed or not.
          iOS has this implemented in their store and I believe it works great. If its not a legal issue, I firmly believe this needs to be implemented in the Windows Phone store.

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            0 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Support multiple media elements

            To support things like midroll video advertisments, multiple MediaElements are needed. This is supported in Silverlight for the web.

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              0 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Office Document Viewer Control

              Provide a viewer for viewing office documents (e.g. word, excel and powerpoint basically). The UIWebView in iPhone support serveral formats and give a very good user experiences in some content related apps

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                2 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 43 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • support to save audio file to medialibrary

                  This will benefit for applications which create audio, or recording voice, it will be easy and unified way to export audio files instead of create extra server program.

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                    1 comment  ·  Dev Experience  ·  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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                      3 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Don't delete Apps when App Hub Account is deleted/expires

                      I find it very strange that every app I have made during my one year membership as a developer is deleted the second I cancel my membership. Microsoft can run things however they want, but I think this is going to kill a lot of innovation and send it off to Android or iOS where you have to pay to publish apps, but apps don't get deleted if you don't pay again or if you cancel your account.

                      End users are also going to get very annoyed when Apps they have paid for disappear. If Windows phone is going to…

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                        2 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Completely separate marketing submissions from XAP submissions & allow multiple submissions

                        Twice now, my app has failed certification due solely to marketing content. It has taken me 14 days to update a major crashing bug in my app because the certification process is inconsistent and poorly designed. I can't update the marketing text on my app to tell people a fix is on the way, because you can't have more than one submission in at a time.

                        This design is ridiculous. XAP submissions should go through one channel, and marketing changes should go through another. If you submit both at the same time, and the XAP passes but the marketing content…

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                          2 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Show app review rating worldwide!

                          I understand that it makes sense to only show app reviews only in those countrys were they come from. E.g. a German review should only be shown in Germany (and maybe in Switzerland and Austria). What I don't understand is, that you also showing the app rating in countries, were they come from.

                          For example: An app has 20 ratings. 15 from Germany (all with 4 stars), 1 from USA (1 star) and 4 from France (5 stars)

                          If you now open the app in the Windows Phone Store from Germany, you will see a total app review rating of…

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                            6 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 41 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • purchased applications backup

                              Now, if an application you purchased is removed from the marketplace, in case you need it you will not be able to redownload it and you will lose that app forever (wasting the money you spent).

                              This is not acceptable: purchased apps must be available forever!

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                                0 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • AppHub の申請却下判断が担当者によって違わないようにして欲しい

                                AppHub に何度か申請をしていると、何らかの理由で申請が却下されることがありますが、申請却下判断がまちまちなように見受けられます。
                                拙作 Nel の話で申し訳ないですが、一度 3.6 Adult Related Contents 違反で却下されても、再度ほぼ同じバイナリの XAP を申請したところ受理されました。

                                このようなことは開発者側に思わぬ恩恵をもたらす場合もありますが、出来るだけ基準が一律の方が開発側としても対処しやすく思います。

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                                • Avoid Tolls in Bing Maps Navigation

                                  You should be able to select alternate routes in Bing Maps. This should include a way to avoid highways, toll roads, and heavy traffic. Selecting a diferent route in general would be a nice feature.

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                                    1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 日本語版で、さして意味のない縦書きUIは止めてほしい

                                    日本語版のWindows Phoneでは、ロックスクリーンをはじめとして、Poeple Hubの発言者表示やMusic&Video Hubのメニューなど随所に縦書きUIが織り込まれています。

                                    一概に縦書きを否定するつもりはないのですが(ロックスクリーンやカレンダーなどは確かにそこそこかっこいいとは思います)、People Hubなどはタイムラインに無駄な余白が入りまくる、英語名の発言者の名前が非常に読み難い上に半分ぐらいで切れてしまって誰だかわからないなど、機能を阻害している部分があるように感じられますし、デザイン上もMusic Hubのように日本人が見ても明らかに不自然かつガイジン臭いカッコ悪さが気になります。
                                    また、アプリケーションから縦書きメニューなどが簡単に使用できるわけでもありません。本当に使い勝手が良いのならばアプリからも容易に使用できるよう環境が整えられていてしかるべきです。それがなされない、ということは、ようするにデザイン上に小手先勝負で奇をてらっているだけといわれてもしょうがないのではないでしょうか?

                                    とにかく、正直WP7.5での縦書き表示はWindows Phone本来のcoolさを少なからず損なっていると感じられるので、次期バージョンではデザイン全体の再検討を含めて再考いただきたいと思います。

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                                    • 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 →
                                      • Trial feature should be built-in.

                                        The trial feature should be built-in with automatic enforcement, user prompting, disabling, etc, just as it is in the Windows Store.

                                        In the Windows store, I can choose trial mode for my app, and then pick the number of days I want the trial to last. From there, everything is taken care of for me. If the user uninstalls during a trial, it tracks this fact and prevents them from starting a new trial later.

                                        Contrast this with the Windows Phone world, where the developer indicates trial mode in the store, but has to manually track the number of days…

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                                          0 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Transfer application from one account to another

                                          Apple iTunesConnect provides ability to transfer application between accounts. You can specify application ID and application package, rating, description are transferred right into that account. Amazon Store and Google Store have this option too but it's available through email request. That's quite important feature especially if you want to combine several applications under the single account. You even can't acquire successful applications and transfer it under your account...

                                          Having said that, Dev Portal doesn't have such option and if you have in-app purchase you have to unregister application and register it again under a new account which means you loose…

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