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  1. MaskedTextBox Control

    The TextBox control is the most used control in a Windows program. It also cause a lot of problem either from QA or the user because of invalid data that was entered. Using a masked control will save a lot of time for the developer and reduce the complaints and bugs

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      2 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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.

      175 votes
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        9 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.

      • 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 →
        • Notification Center Windows Phone 8.1

          Only the Wifi connection, airplane mode, the location can be activated, but why you cannot turn the data connection.

          171 votes
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            8 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Share data on active Windows Phones by OS version and device type

            Similar to Android and Apple, Microsoft should share numbers around Windows Phone adoption among consumers, to enable me as a developer to make better decisions about what OS and hardware that I should support in my apps.

            Information I would like to see:
            - % distribution of OS by major/minor/build
            - % distribution of memory level of device (e.g., 512MB, 1GB)

            168 votes
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              3 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • MediaPlayer.PlayPosition should be able to be set

              If my users want to move through a song a little bit, there is no way to do that, as MediaPlayer.PlayPosition is read only! Should be able to set it.

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                7 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Documentation for App URI Schemes

                The windows phone developer site should have a place where app developers can search for URI schemes used in other windows phone apps, and get relevant documentation for them.

                When submitting an app the store submission process should prompt you to link to documentation for any URI schemes your app includes in the manifest file, or mark them as private URIs if you don't want to document them.

                This idea came from a conversation around Matt Lacey's blog post: http://mrlac.eu/1lxwDi4 where he found over 300 URI schemes from some of the top apps in the store, many of which do…

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                  2 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • API to write videos to Media Library

                  We are limited of saving the Images to the Media Library.
                  It will be better if user can add the downloaded Audio , Video can add to the Media Library from the Isolated Storage.

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                    4 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add Header property to TextBox control

                    Even the "TextBox Control Design Guidelines for Windows Phone" (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh202916%28v=vs.92%29.aspx) says that a TextBox must have a Header such property isn't supported by the TextBox control. Even the "Windows Phone 7 Toolkit for Silverlight" contains some improved controls using Header property the TextBox control was forgotten? See also: http://forums.create.msdn.com/forums/p/76127/576970.aspx

                    160 votes
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                      3 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Detect VPN status

                      When a VPN is configured on a Windows Phone 8.1 device, non obvious badness will occur.

                      Even if it is not currently active it will intercept local network traffic and prevent some apps which are supposed to operate against a home network from working (UPnP, network shares, home media sharing, etc).

                      There is no way with the current SDK for a developer to detect this.

                      This leaves developers with only unappealing options:

                      1. Suffer with negative ratings because of broken functionality with apps that worked under 8.0 or without a VPN.
                      2. Prompt all users with a warning that they…

                      157 votes
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                        34 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Adding Advertising SDK Support to HTML5/JS Apps created for Windows Phone 8.1

                        Dears Dev,

                        I am a Indie Game developer. I am currently developing a Windows Exclusive HTML5 based game (both Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1)

                        Its almost in completion stage and I was working on adding Ads to my game, thats when I found that the Ads SDK does not support adding Ads to a WinJS(HTML5) WP8.1 project!

                        Please note that this restriction is for HTML5/JS projects only and Ads can still be added to XAML based projects. But my entire game is developed on HTML5.

                        Request you to please provide us the option to add Ads to a WinJS/HTML5…

                        154 votes
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                          5 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • API to read Phone Call History

                          Currently there are API to read the Phone Book, but no API to read the Call History. This should be enabled to write powerful Phone Call apps with more features

                          149 votes
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                            3 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Transfer contacts to SIM CARD

                            We want backup our contacts to sim card

                            149 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Implement Radio Interface Layer !!!

                              In Windows Mobile 6.5, this library exist, and it's very good for retreive lot of cell tower informations ( Cell ID, MNC, MCC, LAC, IMEI, IMSI ) lot of information we do not have access with Windows Phone!!

                              144 votes
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                                5 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • active installations Vs total downloads

                                It would be good to know not only the number of downloads but also how many are active still.
                                If you have seen the google store they show active installations more prominently than total download count - and that actually makes sense considering the amount of trash apps going around in all the phone o/s .

                                144 votes
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                                  4 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 入金方法に関しての改善

                                  ■入金を一括に済ませて欲しい

                                  現状では収入がタイトルごとに振り込まれます。
                                  更に日本での売上と、海外での売上が別々に入金されます。

                                  振り込まれる回数分、銀行から海外送金の受け取り手数料を請求されます。
                                  私が利用している銀行では一回につき1500円の手数料がかかります。
                                  2作品を配信するだけで手数料が6000円もかかってしまいます。
                                  手数料がもっとかかる銀行の場合、収入より高額になることもあります。

                                  配信しているXbox360とWindowsPhoneの全ての作品を一括で振り込めるようにして欲しいです。

                                  以下のコミュニティーフォーラムで既に要望がありますが、再び要望を出します。
                                  http://forums.create.msdn.com/forums/p/47156/282405.aspx

                                  ■入金タイミングを指定できるようにして欲しい

                                  現状では年に4回、一定以上の売上がある場合入金されます。

                                  売上額が少額で銀行の海外送金の受け取り手数料を差し引くと割りに合わないので、年に1回だけの送金にしてほしいことがあります。

                                  送金前に次回のロイヤルティー支払い期間に繰り越すか選択できるようにしてほしいです。

                                  この2点が小規模な作品を多数配信することや、ちょっとしたアプリの配信に不利になっています。
                                  マーケットプレイスとXBLIGでより多くの作品が配信されるようになるためにもこれらの改善を希望します。

                                  136 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Allow CookieContainer to be Serialized/Deserialized

                                    Currently, serialization and deserialization of the CookieContainer doesn't work. The documentation says to use the CookieContainer if one needs to save off HttpOnly cookies. It seems that saving the CookieContainer isn't possible.

                                    "If the server sends HTTPOnly cookies, you should create a System.Net.CookieContainer on the request to hold the cookies, although you will not see or be able to access the cookies that are stored in the container."

                                    135 votes
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                                      6 comments  ·  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…

                                      132 votes
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                                        3 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add Payoneer as a payment method for Windows Phone Store / Windows Store / PubCenter earnings.

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

                                        127 votes
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                                          2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Deep zoom & pan / multiscale image

                                          I request that the MultiScaleImage library to be able to access isolated storage. There are many places where apps will not connect to a cell tower [e.g. in a general aviation (or commercial) aircraft where cell phones do not work well [it is illegal to use in any case] and also in isolated rural areas. Also, why pay data charges to view the same image over and over [aren’t music & photo libraries stored on phones?] And finally memory is very cheap. Some suggest that large images (even broken into tiles) are inappropriate for storage on a phone – that…

                                          125 votes
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                                            1 comment  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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