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  1. Vastly improve stack-trace reporting

    Stack traces are great, but some more information could be added, and provided for each individual crash:
    1. The version of the app that crashed
    2. The date of the crash (exact time wouldn't hurt either)
    3. The exact OS version it crashed on
    4. The hardware it crashed on
    5. The language (or some sort of region info) used by the phone it crashed on
    6. Anything else that would help us isolate a problem when we can't reproduce a crash on our own phones or in the emulator.

    273 votes
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      6 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add Paypal as a payment method for PubCenter / Windows Store earnings.

      Add Payoneer as the payment method for Windows Phone Store / Windows Store / PubCenter earnings.

      251 votes
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        7 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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…

        246 votes
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          19 comments  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Pebble Watch Support

          Please add or allow support for the Pebble watch, will be the first smartwatch compatible with Windows Phone and a good companion for Windows Phone Devices.

          245 votes
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            18 comments  ·  Communication APIs  ·  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…

            230 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.

              228 votes
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                3 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!

              • 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.

                224 votes
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                  4 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Support for Wifi-Direct

                  Support for Wifi-Direct enables a lot of user experiences like fast device to device communication. It is supported on Windows 8 and I really hope this will be added soon to Windows Phone.

                  221 votes
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                    4 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    As part of the WinRT convergence, much of the Wifi direct APIs are in the phone kernel and are being used for Miracast. For more information on the capabilities in the platform, refer to the MSDN docs at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/windows.devices.wifidirect.aspx

                    However, much of the API set is not available on phone yet. It is our intention to bring phone to parity with client in the future.

                  • Make it harder to decompile sources from appx packages

                    Windows Phone Silvelight XAPs were signed, so anyone donwloading them through the Store (manual download) could not have easy access to the sources of the app.

                    Now with Universal apps / WinRT (.appx), our binaries are not longer signed as a whole, any script kiddie can unzip and decompile any app.

                    That's a huge problem regarding developer investing on the platform.

                    200 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Publish/Upload of app directly from Visual Studio

                      Ability to upload app from Visual Studio should be given. The metadata used in submission should be part of app. By doing this, the repeated submit form filling would be avoided and submit metadata can be versioned along with source code.

                      198 votes
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                        4 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  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.

                        198 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Low Latency Sound Effect support

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

                          197 votes
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                            6 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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.

                            195 votes
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                              5 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Support for submission packages

                              A developer would like to ease the app submission process by being able to upload an app submission as a single archive package per submission. This archive (could be a ZIP file) should contain all of the meta-data (could be as an XML file) and supporting files (e.g., XAP, screenshots, etc.) that the Store team needs to ingest the app and provide it to the store. Apple provides a similar capability via iTunes Connect (https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/LanguagesUtilities/Conceptual/iTunesConnect_Guide/8_AddingNewApps/AddingNewApps.html).

                              This capability would not only enhance the submission experience, but it would also allow for Store submissions to be added and tracked in…

                              193 votes
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                                6 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • API to send SMS (via code without user input)

                                Me and two friends of mine created an app that won in a Windows Hackathon held by Microsoft Cyprus. We actually won the Hackathon without finishing our app due to limitations of Windows phone API. We need some sort of API to automatically send an SMS. The reason for it to be automatic is because this is for cases when the owner of the phone is unable (asleep or something similar) to do so. If you are concerned about security reasons a good implementation of this API would be to always notify the user that a message from that application…

                                186 votes
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                                  6 comments  ·  Communication APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Emulate Bad Data Connection - v2.0

                                  I suggest to create another option that alternates "lost of signal" and "bad signal". Create an infinite loop that breakes the connection in a random time. From 1 to 10 sec, for example.

                                  A an ability to the emulator that can emulate a bad data connection so we can discover performance problems before our clients receive it. Things like throttling and dropouts

                                  The new emulators in the Windows Phone 8.1 tooling provide some excellent tools for emulating bad network connections, but there is no option to simulate broken connections

                                  186 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Throttle emulator to hardware specs of phone CPU + GPU

                                    Create an option to simulate hardware specs like CPU+GPU.
                                    Dual-core, quad-core, 1.2GHz, 1.5GHz, 2.2GHz, ...
                                    The emulator is very very fast when I'm using it on my i7 4770. It would be good if we can at least optionally reduce the speed of the emulator to better reproduce real world devices.

                                    183 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • 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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                                      • 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.

                                        179 votes
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                                          4 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • More URI schemes for launching System Settings

                                          There are some built-in URI schemes for launching System Settings on Windows Phone 8, for example, ms-settings-wifi: or ms-settings-lock:, but it's too little of them. Users ask me to make shortcuts to Battery Saver or NFC (Tap+Send) settings in my app, and I can't because of lack of these URIs. So please add more URI schemes to access more System Settings pages.

                                          175 votes
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