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  1. Add support for TMC

    TMC allows to get traffic Information for Windows Phone: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traffic_message_channel

    This would enable live traffic aware apps.

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      0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Improve layout templates of basic apps

      Screens for apps like messaging(SMS), Facebook, twitter etc have lot of empty space below titles & subtitles. Kindly decrease this so that more content can be visible on screen. Please try other formatting like bold, italics, shadow to distinguish titles/subtitles from content. (WP7.8)

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        0 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Extand the storage API so they are actually useful and remove the pointless reserved format plicy

        Why is it that every single nice API that allows for great things to be developed on this platform has to have some stupid limitation? Why do you reserve the media formats supported by the phone? We can't even read a god forsaken txt file from SD cards. Why even bother introducing the API in the first place...

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        • Provide Process Class/APIs to develop lower level operations like Task Manager in Windows

          Provide Process Class/APIs (like that for regular Windows) to develop lower level operations like Task Manager in Windows

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          • Allow desktop apps to read and write files to WP8 devices over usb

            I need a way to remove files from my WP8 device which have been "disliked". Since apps aren't allowed to modify files on sd cards I wanted to write a desktop sync app that would examine the device for any files that have been "disliked" and then remove them. However this is impossible with all existing API's.

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            • Contacts and Appointments unique identification

              Please expose the ID property for Contacts and Appointments. At the moment it is private (and inaccessible via Reflection because of trust levels), which makes unique contact/appointment identification impossible. Any application that might want to back-up contact/appointments (and thus would need to differentiate between entities via a unique identifier) cannot exist. Please take this into consideration and make the ID public (maybe with a new capability requirement).

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              • Fix the title text font weight on the default page templates.

                In WP8, the default Pivot control now correctly displays the title text at the top of the page with the PhoneFontFamilySemiBold and PhoneFontSizeMedium styles, but the standard "blank" page template still uses PhoneTextNormalStyle (which uses the normal font weight and a slightly smaller size) for the page title.

                These page templates should be updated to use the medium-sized, semibold font by default for the title text. This change would encourage consistency with both the apps built-in to the OS and within an app itself. This should also be fixed in the WP7 SDK (where all page templates, including the Pivot…

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                  0 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • CameraCaptureTask

                  Add a Boolean to the CameraCaptureTask to optionally add the picture taken to the Camera Roll.

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                  • Allow access to BrowserHttp property of WebRequestCreator class

                    The WebClient type doesn't allow me to use cookies stored by the Web Browser control and I'll have to ask the user for credentials which they've already stored in the form of cookies through the login page of a particular site in the web browser. There is an indirect way of using BrowserHttp but it's kinda buggy. It's not exposed by the SDK, please fix it!

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                    • Reward reviewers

                      The majority of apps I see at the marketplace doesn't have any review's. I think that has an overall negative effect -user wise, community wise and dev wise..
                      Maybe you should think about some way to reward those users who take their time to actually try an app and review it.
                      ( I know that thinking up such a system isn't easy, as you would have to think carefully about abuses)

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                      • Geolocator seems to block network access

                        In our video conferencing app network access seems to get shut down for a couple of sec approx. every 15 sec ONLY when subscribed to Geolocator's StatusChanged/PositionChanged; works fine otherwise. Does this have anything to do with wifi being one of location sources? Is there any way to select (a) location source(s) to use, like on other platforms?

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                        • Submit screenshots by aspect ratio not screen resolution

                          Windows Phone 8 may have 3 new resolutions, but it only actually has two aspect ratios, 150% scaling and 160% scaling (accessible through App.Current.Host.Content.ScaleFactor).

                          Because WVGA and WXGA are the same aspect ratio, and because the website is a giant PITA in uploading images, you have to take and submit 3 screenshots per actual screenshot per language. 4 screenshots in two languages turns into 24 screenshots, which is totally nuts.

                          If you guys employed a .NET module like imageresizing.net on your hosting clusters, you could reduce it to 2 screenshots per actual screenshot per language by only submitting WXGA and…

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                          • LocalizationSettingsTask

                            Like ConnectionSettingsTask, this task permit to open Localization Settings Page from application.
                            This Task is useful for app that use bing map that must check is localization service is active and permit to offer to user an shortcut to edit this setting, like standard Map App.

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                              • Implement an event which should be triggered once phone is rebooted

                                The Idea is if user running our app and by any reason he rebooted the phone so in that case once reboot happen there should be some event so that we can detect that phone is rebooted and we can handle our application accordingly

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                                • Remove Unused variables option in visual studio IDE to remove all unused variables

                                  Need an option to remove unused variables in cs file for re factoring.

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                                  • Fix the WP8 Emulators

                                    I currently have WP8 SDK installed and I am not able to get the emulator working consistently. Only after repairing the installation will the emulator work. If I close the emulator and try to run it again. It fails with a uninformative message indicating deployment failed.

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                                    • Native Screenshot concerns for WP7 and WP8 (Security and DRM)

                                      Although the Native Screenshot feature is reported to not be available until Windows Phone 8, I have some concerns regarding this feature that may impact Windows Phone 7 apps as well. Since this issue will impact my decisions when developing my Windows Phone 7 app, I do not consider this off topic.

                                      I am concerned whether we will be able to opt out or disable the feature within our apps. I am concerned about security and DRM issues.

                                      Will Microsoft provide an API that will allow us to:

                                      1. Disable the feature entirely.

                                      2. Programmatically enable or disable the feature…

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                                      • Add New Project dialog on Windows Metrol Style

                                        A typo in the previous post, below is the corrected version of text:

                                        Original text=>Suggested text

                                        1. Blank App(Xaml) project template
                                        Original text: A single page project for a Windows Metro Style app that has no predefined controls or layout. => 單一頁面的Windows Metro樣式應用程式, 其並未有預先定義的控制項或版面配置。

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                                        • Traditional Chinese: Add New Project dialog text on Windows Metrol Style

                                          On the File->New Project...appears New Project dialog. When choosing Windows Metro Style on the left side, and select many project templates in the middle of the dialog, the Type: field description translation is not quite readable. So suggested text below:

                                          Original text=>Suggested text

                                          1. Blank App(Xaml) project template
                                          Original text: A single page project for a Windows Metro Style app that has no predefined controls or layout. => 單一頁面的Windows Metro樣式應用程式, 其並未有預先定義的控制或版面配置。

                                          2. Grid App(Xaml) project template
                                          Original text: A multi-page project for a Windows Metro style app that navigates among groups of items. Dedicated pages display group and item details.…

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