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  1. CameraCaptureTask

    Add a boolean to CameraCaptureTask to indicate whether you want it to save the picture taken to be saved to the camera roll.

    86 votes
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      2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Create a structured mechanismn for devs to market their Apps

      One of the biggest issues that devs face is one that only rears it's head quite a way into the process as a whole. How should an independent developer go about marketing their Apps in order to increase sales?

      Some kind of dedicated program from Microsoft aimed at independent developers in this area would be very welcome!.

      86 votes
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        5 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Authenticated Proxy support in Code (HTTPWebrequest / WCF / Sockets)

        Currently it's not possoble to make connections behind proxy servers that require authentication.
        This very much limits business type apps that can use resources or run apps while connected to a work network.

        It's only currently possible via the web browser.

        85 votes
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          2 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Enable removing language code from the "language history"

          If you ever selected "ru" and "ru-ru" laguages then it causes Tile localization show the en-us(default) tile localization to show.

          When I removed the "ru" language code and published my new version, the old version still remains with "Replaced and unpublished". Wich means the new version not fully replaced the old version.
          And this causes me very serious problems:

          1. Some of my users will still receive the old version of my app (after weeks). The store randomly gives the old or the new version of my app.

          2. My app has a WP7 version and a WP8 version XAP…

          84 votes
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            3 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Replace default camera application

            As things stand today, Settings >> photos+camera only allows Microsoft + Nokia camera apps to become the default app.

            I presume that other OEM camera apps would have similar privileges.

            Please allow 3rd party camera apps e.g. my own 1shot camera app to be allowed to become default camera.

            As these at present cannot be launched by camera button, their usability is affected.

            82 votes
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              4 comments  ·  Camera + Video APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • WPSDK 8 support on Windows 8 - Develop WP 8 apps on Windows 7

              I think you should allow Windows 7 computer owners the ability to develop Windows 8 phone apps. They have a device to develop on, I believe the only thing you can't do is use the emulator. I have everything up and running, except VS express 2012 won't recognize my windows 8 phone and deploy to it, so I can test my app. Can I manually place the .xap file using file explorer, or is there some way to fix this? It gives me this error 'Microsoft.SmartDevice.Connectivity.PlatformNotFoundException'
              Is it possible to fix this?

              80 votes
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                3 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 「APP HUB」に登録しなくても、アプリを実機で動かせるようにしてほしい

                年間一万円近く払わなければ、自作アプリを実機で使えないのでは、プログラミングしてみようという気持ちになりません。
                せっかく素晴らしい開発環境があるのに、これでは宝の持ち腐れではないでしょうか?
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                「ChevronWP7」は6月にcoming soonと発表してから音沙汰なしですね。

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                  1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • SD Card APIs to create/write/delete files

                  In my application some data required to save on disk, There is limited storage in Phone memory, I just need api to write or create files folder wise on external memory like memory card..

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                    4 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • More artwork in SDK

                    Distribute more application bar icons in SDK (at least each one used by built-in applications); provide forum/marketplace for other artwork, including control templates & styles.

                    80 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Controlling players implementing Background Audio

                      Currently, I can detect and control what the embedded Zune player is currently playing.
                      The same can't be done with 3rd party apps implementing background audio streaming like soundtracker etc.

                      79 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  XNA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add an Estimated Revenue Report

                        In any publisher platform, the most important number presented to publishers is their revenue, and it's completely missing from WP Dev dashboard.

                        There's no way to know how much money you're making until you're paid. All you can see is the amount you were already paid (which for some reason shows up as a big text even though once you got that money you don't really care about that number anymore) and how many paid downloads you have (which doesn't include the price charged for it, so if you ever change the app price, you can no longer figure out…

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                          1 comment  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add WebAuthenticationBroker to WP7 and WP8

                          Port over the Windows 8 Class "WebAuthenticationBroker" from Windows 8.

                          75 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Enable Bluetooth connections without pairing

                            Enable to connect in code to Bluetooth devices where you know the name already without needing to pair the device. If you know the hostname, just allow StreamSocket.ConnectAsync do the connection.

                            This enables many beacon type of scenarios,.

                            74 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Show scrollbars in WebBrowser control

                              Please show the scrollbars in the WebBrowser control. For details and a workaround that's not working as smooth as it is when it was implemented in the control itself.

                              http://www.pitorque.de/MisterGoodcat/post/Somethings-Missing-from-the-WebBrowser-Control.aspx

                              72 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Provide a Share Extension to Share Links from IE

                                In IE for Windows Phone, you have the ability to share a link to the current page you're on from an Application Menu Item. The options are as follows:

                                Messaging
                                E-Mail
                                Social Networks.

                                I would like the ability to easily share a link to another application. It would work in much the same way the Photo Hubs Extension works. You would see a 3rd party app that supports the Share Link extension. Clicking it would open the app at a specified task. Then, one of the query string parameters that's used to launch the task could just be the URL…

                                70 votes
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                                  4 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Allow access to Accelerometer / G-Sensor in Lock Screen or Low Power (Display off)

                                  Many applications like need the Accelerometer or G-Sensor for working correctly like alarm clocks that wakes when the best sleep phase has been reached or Pedometers. But it currently only works if the Display is turned on and Lockscreen is deactivated. It would be more useful to activate this feature in Lockscreen or Low Power Mode

                                  66 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • HttpWebRequest - ability to set referrer

                                    Add Ability to set referrer and other custom headers when using HttpWebRequest

                                    66 votes
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                                      2 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Support for rendering engines like WebKit and Gecko etc.

                                      Since many devs these days use consider only WebKit while developing mobile websites these websites do not render good using IE(which uses Trident isn't much HTML5 compliant). It degrades browsing quality and I'm unable to create a new browser which can fix this issue. UC Browser and IE10 are already there but they use Trident and are hopeless while browsing most of the websites that use vendor specific prefixes and non-standard code.

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                                        1 comment  ·  Web Browser Control APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • MediaPlayer support for BackgroundAudioAgent

                                        In trying to develop a custom playlist application, it is apparent that it is impossible to integrate the BackgroudAudioPlayer with the XNA.MediaLibrary. This means that applications that wish to use the capabilities of the BackgroundAgent are restricted to using only local audio files that are deployed with teh application, or audio streaming sources. There is no way to access the phone's MediaLibray.Songs to have the BAP play these files in teh background. This is highly restrictive because we can only use the MediaPlayer for foreground applications. Unless of course we go with a predetermined SongCollection such as SongCollection limitedPlaylist =…

                                        65 votes
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                                          3 comments  ·  XNA  ·  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

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                                            3 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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