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  1. 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…

    133 votes
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      23 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  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 →
      • Bluetooth find devices in range

        It would be really a good idea if we could use the FindAllPeersAsync method( or something similar) to get a list of all discoverable devices within wireless range.

        125 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Provide an API that can change the Start Background from code.

          Currently apps generate the picture, saves it to local storage, then users need to set the picture as the Start Background manually. An API that does this might be beneficial for both users and custom photo developers.

          What do you guys think?

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            4 comments  ·  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!!

            123 votes
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              5 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow unsafe code

              Full unsafe code support would:
              1) Allow more code to be shared across platforms, and
              2) Increase the performance of applications that needed it.

              Here's a use case example:
              I'm the author of BEPUphysics, a real-time simulation library. I wish to support many platforms as best I can with as much common code as possible. Unfortunately, in the current situation, I can't have the best of both worlds. If my goal is optimal performance, I must maintain separate codebases for a bunch of low-level queries and data structures. On the other hand, if my goal is as much common code…

              122 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Faster certification process for publishing and updating apps and games

                It would be great if the time it takes for an app or game to be certified was shorter. A full 2 weeks before an app or game is published to the Marketplace is far too long. It would be more bearable if theupdates had a shorter turnaround time, but they don't. Want to push an update? That's another 2 weeks.

                Also some moderation of the marketplace would be great to get rid of all the clutter or misleading apps.

                122 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  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?

                  121 votes
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                    4 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Better marketplace filtering

                    Allow filtering of marketplace results within categories beyond pay/free/top/new by adding filter by rating (ex: 4+), by price (ex: <$1.99), by number of downloads (ex: 10000+), or allow blacklisting of developers (or developer rankings) so spam apps and spam devs could be avoided.

                    120 votes
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                      6 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  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.

                      119 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  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.

                        118 votes
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                          6 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.

                        • If an application cannot be published in a specific region lock only in that region.

                          If an application cannot be published in a specific region lock only in that region. Post inmendiatamente at other or at least let to choose whether want to.

                          117 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Fix Altitude Bug in GeoCoordinateWatcher and Geolocator when using in WP8

                            Fix Altitude Bug in GeoCoordinateWatcher and Geolocator when using in WP8. On my lumia 520 (WP8) i get jumping values of altitude, even outdor with a strong and good GPS-signal. The altitude jumps from 27m to 200m up and down, 200m is the right value. The values from GPS-accuracy are top. This occurs In both classes on WP8. I always use the DisiredAccuray = high! I have read, that another user have the same problem with WP8-Phone, like HTC. All GPS-App in the store have the same problem with the jumping altitude.
                            But i found a solution. If you take…

                            116 votes
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                              3 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • PhoneのOS側でユーザーが認証済みの認証情報が使える、Live SDK相当のAPI。

                              現状、SkyDriveへのアクセスなどLice SDK (API)を使う場合、ユーザーに認証情報をOSとは別途入力してもらわないといけない。
                              また、OAuth認証をする場合、そのための画面遷移を用意するのも大変です。
                              (Live SDK Developer Previewなどありますが)
                              SkyDriveへのアクセスやその他のLive APIについて、ユーザーが追加で認証情報を入力することはせず、利用できるSDKがあるといいのではないでしょうか。
                              アプリに対してOSが使っている認証情報を使ってもいいかの確認画面が出て、ユーザーが同意すれば、アプリに認証情報を渡すことなく利用できる形態であれば、アプリ側が認証情報を持つ必要もなくなります。

                              110 votes
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                              • Force a user to leave a comment in the review if it's 2* or less

                                Many users leave bad reviews without leaving notes.
                                How can the developer know what needs to be improved in the app, if it's not mentionned.

                                106 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Access video-music library

                                  Ensure access to video/music as for photos.
                                  We cannot create applications for video editing or video sharing via messages or social networks.

                                  105 votes
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                                    2 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Emulating Camera

                                    It would be extremely helpful if the emulator could use webcams as camera emulation. Otherwise AR scenarios are hard to develop without a range of devices. It has become even more needed with the addition of WXGA and the different scalings in WP8.

                                    103 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Xbox Live Gamertag API Acess

                                      It would be really cool if developers could get api access to Xbox Live Gamertags, that way they don't have to make users create a new account just to play multiplayer games. It would also help a lot for leaderboards too.

                                      100 votes
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                                        3 comments  ·  XNA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Provide developers and API to access default system sounds (such as those found in Settings - ringtones+sounds)

                                        It would be really helpful if, for example, a developer makes an app that takes advantage of the schedule alarm API, and would like to enable the user to select a custom ringtone for that alarm. This API proposal would enable the user to select from many ringtones already available on the phone, and save developers the trouble of having to implement their own custom ringtones.

                                        100 votes
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                                          4 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Support To New Applications

                                          Platform should support new applications that are not big companies'. In these days all new applications don't appear in New+Rising category, and some new applications are dying. We have communicate with Microsoft Support about this situation and they said "We don't promise "New applications always enter New+Rising category" to developers. It is so embarrassing for small companies or freelance developers. You should support new applications, you should support us.

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                                            2 comments  ·  Dev Portal + Publication  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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