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  1. 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 →
    • 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 →
        • 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 →
          • Add Markup Extensions to (and Improve) WinRT Xaml System (System.Xaml Parity)

            Much effort was made in WPF Xaml Serialization to decouple it from the presentation assemblies and moved into its own assemblies, System.Xaml, and System.Windows.Markup.

            This Xaml System had it's own serialization/deserialization mechanism in XamlServices class. Furthermore, this Xaml system had a very powerful component/concept that is conspicuously absent in WinRT: Markup Extensions.

            Markup Extensions are found in the following Xaml Systems:
            - WPF
            - Silverlight 5
            - Xamarin.Forms (notably NOT a Microsoft technology, but recognizes their power nonetheless)

            This feature is to ask for Xaml serialization featureset parity with WPF/System.Xaml. That means:
            - Custom Markup Extensions
            - XamlServices.Load and Save …

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              1 comment  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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 →
              • Enhance Microsoft.Phone.Scheduler Alarm and Reminder classes

                The Alarm and Reminder classes in Microsoft.Phone.Scheduler are very limiting and do not allow for any customization. Ideally these classes would be extended to accept a UserControl object that would be shown instead of the standard Title. The UserControl should run in the context of the application that created the Alarm or Reminder, and as such would have access to the appropriate view models. From there the application could be fully launched if desired.

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                  2 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Email headers broken

                  Originally posted by Sergiy (http://wpdev.uservoice.com/users/26024506-sergiy)
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                  russian characters in email subject field are replaced by question marks when reply is sent.
                  Steps to reproduce:
                  1. send an email from gmail web interface with word "тест" as subject
                  2. download the email using phone default client (the subject is shown correctly)
                  3. press reply (subject is still correct)
                  4. send the email
                  5. check Sent folder - subject is displayed as ????
                  6. check email in gmail - subject is brolen as well

                  p.s. the phone language and settings are UK english. russian is used only as additional keyboard…

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                    1 comment  ·  Bugs  ·  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 →
                    • Preserve exif information of Images while saving in Isolated storage or Media library

                      We can access exif info (limited) using a Picture object when dealing with Media library. But if we try to save an Image within app inside Media library or some Isolated storage we can't prserve exif info of that image. A better manipulation of exif APIs will be very helpfull. Read the given link for more details: http://forums.create.msdn.com/forums/p/84673/510718.aspx#510718

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                        1 comment  ·  Dev Experience  ·  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 →
                        • 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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                          • 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 →
                            • 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 →
                              • 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 →
                                • 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 →
                                  • 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 →
                                      • Accessory App API access

                                        It would be very useful if developers can get access to the Accessory apps API. This will bring compatibility of the currently available smart watches such as Pebble and MetaWatch and help start-up companies develop their own accessories and bring it to Windows Phone. Most of the current accessories currently work with iOS and Android.

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                                          2 comments  ·  Communication APIs  ·  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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