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  1. Ability to run and use an emulator image in as a remote VM

    A developer should be able to run an emulator instance outside of the developer's environment, and be able to connect/deploy/debug into that remote VM.

    Potential scenarios:
    - Developer doesn't have SLAT on their machine and wants to run the VM on a SLAT capable machine/server
    - Developer is running their dev environment in a virtual environment (e.g., local Hyper-V, remote Hyper-V, Parallels) and wants to run the emulator in another child VM on the same physical host they are running on (since she can't run a VM inside of a VM)
    - The ability to run a dev environment fully…

    261 votes
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      19 comments  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Cortana API

      It will be great to provide an API allowing developers to interact with Cortana following this workflow:
      1- Get command from Cortana.
      2- Do some processes.
      3- Get back to Cortana with response data (do not exit from Cortana UI).
      4- Cortana responds the user.
      Please vote if you're interested by this feature request.

      261 votes
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        6 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Support SVG elements in XAML

        The high-level ask is to support using SVG within a XAML tree. The SVG data may be inline or loaded from a source (local file or remote from the web)

        There are few current tools for converting SVG to WPF/Silverlight-based XAML but they fall short when dealing with more complex SVG data.

        Here are a few scenarios:

        - Apps loading svg content from a remote web server. This should work just like any other kind of image data. Remote xaml isn’t likely allowed, and even if it were, there’d be resistance to providing vector art in two formats when SVG…

        249 votes
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          3 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Using SmartPhone Screen as mousepad & virtual Controller for XBOX/PS

          From past few day I am working on an innovative idea.
          The idea is:-
          Why not use your smartphone as a xbox, ps controller. Why not use it as a mouse.

          controller:
          If you donot have joystick to play your xbox/ps games just connect your phone to xbox/ps via data cable and use the virtual controller on your smartphone screen as a real gaming controller.

          Mousepad/touchpad:
          Just connect your smartphone to computer and use it surface as mouse

          The problem I am facing:-
          1. In can make the Gui but how the will the xbox/ps recognize that this is a…

          233 votes
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            5 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allows software products from the same Publisher, accessing IsolatedStorage

            Want to have a feature. Allows software products from the same Publisher, accessing IsolatedStorage. And can communicate with each other. Start each other (optional), which can be expanded larger developers ideas and more powerful than iOS and Android system.

            This can save storage space, unified data storage location.

            Or another form. Developers can provide their main program with subroutine. Subroutines can be run separately. Main program can manage/run program. In this way, developers can provide independent extension to process the data.

            Wish to consider this kind of system design.

            PS: above I use the online translation feature.

            231 votes
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              4 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Thank you for the suggestion. We are not adding this capability in the 8.0 release, but know that it is high on the consideration list for future Windows Phone releases.

              Note that today, publishers can use server side comms/services to accomplish this type of solution, but this is not yet possible for logic that occurs entirely on the device.

              Keep those suggestions and votes coming!

            • Add support for 'XmlnsDefinitionAttribute'

              XmlnsDefinitionAttribute is an absolutely great attribute for Control Library developers. It allows the developers of that control library to greatly simplify the xaml by reducing the number of XMLNS declarations they need.
              The only way around this is for the control vendor to throw every single class that might be used in XAML (not just controls but other types too), in the same namespace, creating a very ugly unwieldy API to code against.

              If you use a 3rd party control library or you're a control library vendor, you should vote for this. It'll save you a lot of typing, looking…

              218 votes
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                3 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • API for WiFi Connectivity

                Wifi Connectivity API Handel's:
                1. Getting List of Available WiFi Connections and Details.
                2. Search for new WiFi Device.
                3. Sending A File to Selected WiFi Device.
                4. Sending A File through application to Application using WiFi connection.

                211 votes
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                  5 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • API to Turn Off Screen

                  Please allow to turn on/off device screen via API to save battery.
                  Keep the app running, but with screen off.
                  Actually I have an app called "photo spy" that requires a black screen to save battery. But it only save battery with oled displays.

                  Bellow is the link of app:
                  https://www.microsoft.com/pt-br/store/apps/photo-spy/9wzdncrdckrl

                  203 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Low Latency Sound Effect support

                    Needed to create pro level sequencers, synths and music creation related apps!

                    203 votes
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                      7 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • SIP Stack

                      A business feature that would be really nice to have support for it the ability to tie into a VoIP network for voip phone calls... the most common architecture is the SIP (Session Initiation Protocol). So I would like the ability to configure a SIP client that ties into our VoIP PBX and phone system.. so my WP7 would basically become my desk phone (extension). The only way this would really work well is if it ran in the background like the phone's native phone functionality.

                      201 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • PasswordBox with Number only keyboard

                        it would be helpfull to have a passwordBox like control which supports Number only keyboard. Numeric only passwords makes more sense for Smartphone world as its fast, convenient and easy to type.

                        197 votes
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                          4 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Debug over Wifi

                          When you unplug a WP device from your computer while debugging, you get an error message that the device on an IP address and port is no longer responding. If the debugger connects to the phone via IP, then why not allow for debugging over the local network? That way, someone can develop for Windows Phone in a Hyper-V VM, and still debug on a physical phone, just without plugging it in. There ought to be a way to build a Debug Agent app that can broadcast itself to the network so Visual Studio knows where to look.

                          196 votes
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                            6 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Haxe API

                            The Haxe language API should be included in the supported APIs. Haxe is basically C++ and javascript (two of the supported languages for windows development). Right now, APIs like lime and regexp (a Haxe javascript API) are not accepted.

                            190 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Convert an individual account into a company one

                              I started as a sole developer, and now there's a group of us, and we are registered as a business with IRS. I would like to be able to convert my individual account in the Marketplace into a company one without losing my publisher name, my brand, my app portfolio and my user base. It is a common scenario in the "real" world, so why should it be impossible in the Marketplace?

                              190 votes
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                                5 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Background app execution

                                If iOS and Android can do it why can't Windows Phone? Like all the Timer apps on Android & iOS, they can update the badge numbers real time giving you a true countdown timer experience. Why cant Windows Phone do this? It should be able to do this! Would battery experience really degrade that much? If so me thinks this is a fundamental flaw in the OS!

                                184 votes
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                                  8 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • ScrollViewer overpan API

                                  Currently when you overpan a ScrollViewer, where's no way to tell how much negative offset it is unless you do hacks like calculating it every 50ms via a Timer.

                                  This will make interesting actions like 'Pull to Refresh' very hard to implement.

                                  Would be nice to have an event to listen to this with a OverpanOffset property or something.

                                  183 votes
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                                    3 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Provide ability to transfer ownership of app

                                    Some people have had other developers submit apps to the marketplace on their behalf for many reason. They may have been in a country that is not supported for example. More then one developer may have worked on the app and are now splitting. Some people may sell their apps to others.

                                    In all these cases it breaks the update cycle for existing users because the new owner would have to create a new app instead of updating the existing one.

                                    183 votes
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                                      10 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Toggling this back from done to planned work – it sounds like the merging of the Stores removed the ability for developer support to transfer ownership of apps due to limitations with the PFN (and a few other issues, but we’ll keep it high level here). Folks are very much aware – it’s on our radar.

                                    • ペアレンタルコントロールか年齢認証をつけてほしい。

                                      別に提案した「2ch ブラウザの申請を通してほしい。遮断する理由が聞きたい。(http://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/136286-app-platform-japan/suggestions/2323141-)」ですが、聞くところによると 2ch は U13 コンテンツが存在しているために一律審査却下の方針をとることにしたようです。

                                      審査を行うマイクロソフトの立場は理解できます。また開発者自身が U13 コンテンツに誘導した等の理由で訴追されるリスクを回避することができるので、ある面からは必要不可欠な判断かもしれません(ここではこの議論はしません)。

                                      今後このような事があっても対応できるように、
                                      1. OS 自体にペアレンタルコントロールの機能をもしくは年齢認証をつける。
                                      2. アプリ側の Capability に Adult Related Contens があるソフトは起動しない。
                                      などの処理を行ってほしい。

                                      180 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  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 …

                                        176 votes
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                                          6 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Better audio APIs for musician apps/tools

                                          If we could get better support in the XNA libraries for some of these audio functions, it would open up some cool opportunities to develop apps for musicians. Couple of things I do regularly with my band that I’d love to do with my phone (currently not possible with the API set on the phone):
                                          1) Adjust pitch during playback for songs in my media library (example: single might use this to find a better key to perform a song). Today, I have to pull the songs into something like Reaper, change the key, export it back out, sync to…

                                          173 votes
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                                            5 comments  ·  XNA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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