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  1. 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 →
                • 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 →
                  • 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 →
                      • API to Retrieve IMEI , IMSI , MCC , MNC and MSISDN

                        Give Some API to find out these thing.Android and IPhone provide API's to find out these thing.And don't give accuses because of security reasons.Android and IPhone is also secure.So work on it and Provide Some API because in Mobile technology it is very difficult to create application without this.

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                          5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 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 →
                          • 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 →
                            • 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 →
                              • 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 →
                                • 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 →
                                  • 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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                                        3 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  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 →
                                        • 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 →
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