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  1. Allow On/Off button for any app to be placed into Action Center

    Although the Action center quick settings are really useful, it's still quite limited - no option to toggle Mobile data or force Battery Saver.

    It would be ideal to allow ANY developer to place his app On/Off button inside this Action Center, for instance:
    - enable/disable Fitbit tracking
    - turn lights on/off at home via light controlling app
    - Start Xbox One remotely via Smartglass app
    - and much more, the possibilities are endless!

    Ideally it should be as powerful as Secondary tiles.

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      4 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  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 →
      • 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 →
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          • Change or delete a Reserved Name

            Currently you CANNOT change or delete a Reserved Name.

            Furthermore, if you reserve a name you will NEVER be able to transfer the App.

            Form support: "The reserved name is a permanent value in the system. ... When a developer reserves a name for an app, it permanently links the app ID to the specific developer that reserved the name of the app. This functionality prevents us from being able to migrate an app from one developer to another."

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              4 comments  ·  Windows Store  ·  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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                  0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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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                      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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 →
                        • Open access for XBOX Live achievements

                          Give ability to create games that have access for xbox live achievements. It doesn't have to be full access. Still only partners can have a "Xbox live" mark on their game icon, but having a one place for achievements, leader boards and friends would be great (WP7 Live?)

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                            3 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Screenshot Hotkey in Emulator

                            It is physically impossible for me to play my game in the emulator and capture an image of it that actually represents what gameplay looks like.

                            My game is controlled by the Accelerometer and has very rapid gameplay that makes switching from using the Accelerometer to Screenshot tab and actually capturing a screenshot impossible. It simply doesn't work. In order to take the screenshot it takes 2 mouse clicks and about half a second. If I am lucky I can do it before my character dies, even then though the player is just moving in a straight line to nowhere…

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                              0 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Access Podcasts through MediaLibrary

                              Provide access to the podcast episodes that are in the media library so that they may be used to construct, for instance, custom playlists.

                              Developers wishing to leverage the Zune media platform to offer improved or tailored podcast playback experiences are currently blocked. Instead, an app developer must re-implement all the podcast management functions that are already well handled by the device and the PC Zune software. Once access to a user’s podcast subscriptions and already downloaded episodes is enabled, developers may easily write applications which enhance the existing playback experience.

                              This idea could be relatively simply achieved as a…

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                                6 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 →
                                • Access Bluetooth and WiFi RSSI values

                                  It would be very useful if there is an API that can allow accessing low level values like to the RSSI value of Bluetooth (both EDR and LE) and WiFi connections. This would open new applications that perform positioning and tracking of mobile phones as well as locating BLE based accessories.

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                                    2 comments  ·  Communication APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Improve WinRT Frame caching and navigation behavior

                                    Windows Runtime API has presented Frame class, which page caching and navigation logic differs from a corresponding Frame class from Windows Phone Silverlight API set. This new Frame class gives a lot of pain to developers, because in many cases it cannot provide such app and navigation state management, which can be used to create good and predictable user expirience. Therefore, I want to request adding of some improvements in WinRT API to bring Frame's behavior closer to it's analog from WP Silverlight.

                                    More info about the problem can be found here:
                                    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/11539755/winrt-frame-and-page-caching-how-to-create-new-page-instance-on-navigate-and
                                    http://caliburnmicro.com/announcements/application-state-part-1/
                                    http://caliburnmicro.com/announcements/application-state-part-2/
                                    http://caliburnmicro.com/announcements/application-state-part-3/
                                    https://github.com/Caliburn-Micro/Caliburn.Micro/issues/95

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                                      1 comment  ·  Controls  ·  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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                                      • Like other app stores it would be good if responses to customer reviews could be made public alongside the review

                                        Like other app stores it would be good if responses to customer reviews could be made public alongside the review. This would give the customer quick feedback and also provide other customers the understanding that we value their feedback and we respond to feedback to make the app better. At this point any new customer coming to the store doesn't see our responses and believes we are doing nothing with it.

                                        The only way currently to get around this is to post another feedback but this will change the rating result average which is less than ideal.

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                                          2 comments  ·  Store Reviews  ·  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 →
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