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  1. 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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      2 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Support GIF image

      At least support displaying static GIF image. This is essential for making client app for web services.

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        3 comments  ·  XAML APIs (Silverlight-style)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 横長タイル使用を一般開発者のアプリへ開放してほしい

        Pictureハブなどのような、横2つ分の大きさを持つタイルを、一般開発者にも開放してもらいたいです。
        1つ分のタイルは多様な情報を表示させようと考えたときにはあまりにも小さすぎ、表示を断念することも少なくありません。
        ユーザの利便性のためにも、開発者の利便性のためにも、そしてアプリケーションの多様性をさらに活性化させるためにも、是非開放をお願いします。

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          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Voice activation of Cortana with 8.1?

          Example i have in my head... you have a lot of work, but you need to call somebody, right? well you dont need to take the phone on your hands.. just call "cortana" and then she asks you what you need her (even if your windows phone is on lock screen). Then command "call Sam" she calls and you talk to him by hands free or by speakers.. that would be AWESOME!.. command cortana when you need her without even touching your mobile. It would be even better if you could change this from settings, some may don't need this…

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            4 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow beta to release

            When an application is cooked, it needs to be re-published as release version in DevCentre. A one-click "publish as release" would be useful for developers.

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              2 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • DataAnnotations in WP8.1 WinRT - Validation

              Bring System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations namespace to Windows Phone 8.1 (WinRT) to allow client side validation like for Windows Store apps.

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                2 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add $0.49 IAP price point

                I think that having and IAP price point of $0.49 could be wildly attractive to end users and get more purchases for developers. Having $0.99 as the bottom for things like ad removal, when many *full apps* cost $0.99 can sometimes be a tough sell.

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                  2 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • TextBox height or width can beyond 2048 pixel limitation.

                  I understand the max size limitation to control. And there are some approach to work around on most of the controls. However, for some control, e.g. TextBox, it's a big problem.

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                    2 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Assign icon from IsolatedStorage to ApplicationBarIconButton

                    Currently you can assign to ApplicationBarIconButton an icon present on your project as 'content'. This basically means you have to determine your icons at design time.

                    By providing the ability to assign an icon placed on the IsolatedStorage, the developer will be free to create button icons at runtime, dynamically download them from other places etc.

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                      0 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Automatic Notification for available updates on marketplace tile..

                      Whenever any updates are available for installed apps in WP 7.5. It should be displayed as notification in marketplace tile or home screen..

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                        2 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • HttpWebRequest - ability to set empty (custom) http headers

                        I am using a open source API called OpenStack Storage (http://openstack.org/projects/storage/) that requires passing empty headers to remove certain custom metadata entries. The library being used by WP (HttpWebRequest) doesn't allow passing empty headers. It is unacceptable simply because according to RFC 2616 Section 4.1 (Header Field Definitions), the message headers of an HTTP 1.1 message value is optional. This is limiting me to provide customers to fully use my app for stuff like removing entries on their objects. The error I receive is something like "The header xxxxx has an empty value".

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                          0 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Ability to manage snapshots in WP emulator

                          The Windows Phone emulator should include the ability to manage VM snapshots for Windows Phone images. Developers should be able to create WP images that are tailored to be in a specific state, and manage those image snapshots.

                          Hyper-V is a powerful VM management tool, and it includes the ability to create new images and manage snapshots within them, allowing developers to save the current state of the VM (e.g., to manage particular testing scenarios such as upgrading the app when a good amount of custom data is in it, either for one app or multiple) or to roll the…

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                            2 comments  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Option to submit your app only to markets where taxes are accounted for.

                            Currently, you can submit an app to all countries, or specific countries. I would like a button I can click that will only select the countries for which Microsoft already accounts for any taxes.

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                              • 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 →
                                • SmsComposeTask completed event

                                  The SmsComposeTask does not provide any events.

                                  I think we need Completed event and something like SmsResult that can be used. Currently some Tasks exhibit this behaviour and some do not.

                                  Please make it a standard mode of usage for each task.

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                                  • intelllitrace

                                    It would be really neat to be able to use Intellitrace when developing WP8 or WP8.1 apps.
                                    Intellitrace is a cool new way to debug complex apps without having tons of logging code and numerous breakpoints
                                    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ee336126.aspx

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                                      0 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • More background tasks to be allowed.

                                      simple. let there be more than 9.

                                      A user should be able to deside between power drain and functions.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Push Notification  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Ability to Send SMS in code without showing SMS Composer screen

                                        Ability to Send SMS in code without showing SMS Composer screen

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                                          1 comment  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Remove the restricted file types for file association.

                                          The most important file types are being restricted from being opened by any application aka devs can not register to use .mp3, .txt, .etc. Without this functionality how can we make apps that allow users to do anything useful with their files.

                                          For example: I want to open a .mp3 in an audio remixer or a video in an app to upload videos. And I want to do this from within another app (skydrive) or from an email attachment or web browser. Right now it just opens up in xbox music. i can play the file and then its gone.

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                                            3 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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