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  1. 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.

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      4 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  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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        2 comments  ·  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.

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        • 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…

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            5 comments  ·  XNA  ·  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!

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              7 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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 →
              • 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.

                167 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)

                  162 votes
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                    3 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  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.

                    159 votes
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                      4 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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 →
                      • 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.

                        151 votes
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                          4 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 →
                          • Make payouts every month!

                            Please make payouts for apps and in-app products every month!

                            For now, we have to wait at least 4 months after we get $200 of revenue from our apps. It's a shame! There's no benefit of developing for Windows Phone at all, it's better to develop for iOS, Android and even BlackBerry first, and then, maybe, some time, for Windows Phone.

                            You should remove these idiotic limits and make payouts for developers every month, not depending on what revenue did they get from their apps! Or if you don't want to or cannot (don't believe though), then you should not…

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                            • 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…

                              136 votes
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                                5 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  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。

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                                • 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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                                  • Merge the Windows and Windows Phone dev centers into one

                                    The Windows and Windows Phone dev centers are totally different from each other. Other platforms manage to have a single dev center for phone and tablet. Please fix this soon by BUILD 2013 or the end of the year if needed.

                                    134 votes
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                                    • 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 .

                                      133 votes
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                                        4 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • ToUpper property on TextBox

                                        Please create this option native to TextBox control
                                        It's very usefull in WinForm projects and could speed up development on universal app too.

                                        129 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  Framework  ·  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…

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