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  1. Let an app know if it's pinned

    At the moment there's no way for an app to know if its primary live tile is visible or not. As half the point of my app is the information on the live tile, I'd like to have a polite reminder show every so often if they haven't pinned it, but I simply don't know whether they have or not.

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      3 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Hide support email address on Windows Store's App webpage

      There has been a huge spike in spammers scraping the Windows Store website for apps' support email.

      The automated script leaves a 5 star review and asks that you do the same for their app. Here is an example:

      *****************************************
      Hello Lancelot Software,

      What if we will exchange apps reviews? I recenlty rated your app https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/hacked/9nblggh6850j with 5 stars and caption and text 'Great Tool' / 'I will admit that installing this app was an ordeal. I want to thank Lancelot for taking the time to communicate quickly with me. I like the ease of the app and recommend this…

      16 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Error Reporting Service

        System supported application error reporting service, that would report back to developers application crashes and details.

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          1 comment  ·  Unsorted  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Screenshots - all resolutions and languages at once

          Now on Windows Phone 8 when we have 3 resolutions taking screenshots may take a lot of time. You have to run one emulator, take screenshots, close it and run another and so on. We can scale wxga to wvga(it still requires some work), because they have the same ratio, but we can't do this with 720p. Emulators are even slower than the WP7.1 ones, so the process is really long.
          Consider also option where you have application in several languages. You have to take screenshots in one language, change it to another, wait until emulator reloads and so on.…

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            4 comments  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • PCのWebカムとEmulatorの連動

            エミュレーターではカメラ機能をほぼ使えません。PCに接続されたWebカムがあるときにはEmulatorのカメラとして機能するよう改善してほしいところです。

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            • 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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              • Bundle certain suffixes (like FREE, PRO, PREVIEW, BETA) to the App-Name

                Right now, you can not register them forever. You should be able to get them automatically and of course get them from existing apps.

                For example, the "PRO" extension stands usually for a better version of the same app from the SAME DEVELOPER. But if someone else uses this, it is misleading.

                I have a successful app in the store which someone else now released a version which looks very similar to mine (and is done very poorly, already bad rating). It could be even done on purpose to get some of the success of the main app...

                Since most…

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                  2 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  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.

                  15 votes
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                    4 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • New+Rising category in Windows Phone store is not updating

                    New+Rising category in Windows Phone store is not updating.
                    Anyone lese facing the same? Please vote

                    15 votes
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                      3 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Provide Sketch files for templates

                      The current design documentation at https://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/apps/dn958439.aspx provides only files in Powerpoint and Adobe Illustrator formats.

                      My company and thousands of others use Sketch to develop app interfaces, that we then give to our developers.

                      None of Powerpoint or Illustrator files are supported by Sketch and vice-versa, so we need Sketch files to start our design work.

                      Thanks you very much

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                        1 comment  ·  Unsorted  ·  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 →
                        • UWP framework for Geolocation and Marker based Augmented Reality applications (in replacement of GART and SLART toolkits)

                          Please make developing Augmented Reality (Geo and Marker) apps for all UW Platforms easy and UNIVERSAL with a good framework. Improved and reliable Geolocation support is also a must have.

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                            1 comment  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Give acces to call Log API

                            Platform should provide access to call log so you can create applications which for example retrive unknown numbers from call log and find their information from public directories.

                            14 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • periodic task configurable

                              At the moment, the periodic task runs every 30 minutes. My suggestion is to make this interval configurable. For example, if you want to retrieve gelolocations frequently in the background. It is just not possible to do this at the moment. Other platforms (iOS and Android do support this!!!!!). Let the user decide what he wants (concerning battery life etc). Don't define restrictions for developers.

                              14 votes
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                                4 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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…

                                14 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Callback for all tasks and launchers

                                  Would be nice to have a callback on for example the phonecalltask so that we can determine wether or not the user actually did press "call" or "cancel". Same for other tasks and launchers.

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                                    4 comments  ·  Unsorted  ·  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  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • SSL/TLS support for StreamSocketListener

                                      It's impossible with a Universal App to accept SSL connections for TCP streams. This makes authenticating remote connections impossible. I'm running an extremely basic web server from my app to allow people to remotely control the app over wifi from a browser. This is possible through the StreamSocketListener but I can't encrypt it.

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                                        2 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Enable rendering of XAML not present in visual tree into image for WinRT 8.1

                                        With WinRT 8.1 new functionality has been added to render XAML as an image but the XAML has to be added to the visual tree. It would be nice to be able to render XAML that is not on the visual tree and perhaps in a background task.

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                                          3 comments  ·  Unsorted  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • API to access Bing Vision

                                          An API to access the Bing Vision feature of the phone would be great. I work on an app that needs to scan objects like Barcodes and QR Codes and using 3rd party libraries is really slow, specially when there is an excellent scanner built in the phone.

                                          Any way to leverage the built in Bing Vision (as a Task or maybe a Control for instance) would be great and reduce the complexity for building apps that need object scanning.

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                                            0 comments  ·  Missing APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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