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  1. Please improve the results returned by the Windows Phone Store search algorithms

    I have released a bird sounds app for Windows Phone and I am really disappointed with the results provided by searches in the store.

    When searching for the phrase 'bird sounds' (without quotation marks) in the store, our app is the 40th result. This is despite having the phrase 'bird sounds' in the app name, 'bird' and 'sounds' as keywords, several mentions of both words in the description, and five 5-star reviews, all with zero crashes.

    However, the fourth highest result in this search is a game called 'Hearts Solitaire' which never once mentions the words 'bird' or 'sounds' in…

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      3 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Make tapping top of lists scroll to top

      Follow touch enablement of mobile platforms and enable the list controls by default to have a "tap top" area that scrolls to top of list automatically.

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        4 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Possibility to delete an app completely from Dashboard

        Please add the possibility to delete an app completely from your Dashboard on Dev Center.
        Right now it's only possible to hide an submitted app from store. It's so sad that developers have to stay with all of their apps which are completely useless and already hided from store for a long time.

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          1 comment  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • USB On-the-Go (OTG) support

          Support for full USB OTG functionality, allowing powered hard drives, flash drives, USB hubs and camera memory cards (with a USB interface card reader), just to name a few, to be mounted, modified, filled and emptied by my Nokia device. This feature would also require a decent file manager but even android doesn't usually include one of those you just download whichever one you want. True USB OTG allows for full access to USB bus as the host of that bus, so you could even connect a mouse or keyboard, or a USB gaming controller or a desktop microphone for…

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            5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Support Monthly/Yearly subscriptions for app purchasing.

            As app developers we are currently stuck with 2 methods of generating revenues 1) one time app payment 2) Ads.

            I would like to see a monthly/yearly subscription model introduced that let me charge users $5 a year for my app for example.

            This would mean we could make ad free apps that developers are motivated to keep adding features to over time since they are generating ongoing revenues.

            58 votes
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              4 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • More background tasks to be allowed.

              simple. let there be more than 9.

              A user should be able to deside between power drain and functions.

              58 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Push Notification  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Support SSL certificate pinning

                There is SSL/TLS socket support in Windows Phone 8. However, currently no WP8 platform component seems to support SSL certificate pinning.

                When a SSL connection is created, there is no way to inspect the x.509 certificate chain returned by the remote server. I want to implement certificate pinning for additional security in my app and therefore I need an API to read the values of individual x.509 certificates.

                I am not the only one who needs this: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/17741740/read-ssl-certificate-details-on-wp8

                Please provide a way to do certificate pinning using platform components in WP8.

                57 votes
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                  3 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow apps to read reserved file types on SD card

                  The SD Card support in WP8 is practically useless because built-in apps are the only ones allowed to access what are known as 'reserved file and URI associations'. (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsphone/develop/jj207065(v=vs.105).aspx)

                  This means it is impossible to create an app that plays video or audio files stored on the SD card. Many WP8 devices ship with only 8GB, which makes the use of the SD card essential, especially to store large files, such as video. We are presently working on a WP8 version of an app to play sign language videos, but are stymied by this restriction. We cannot read…

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                    3 comments  ·  Phone Data Store APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • SMS notification/subscription support

                    Application developers currently (pre-Mango) have no facilities to access the c contents of an incoming SMS message. It would be great if applications could register for such a capability thus enabling scenarios such as SMS challenge authentication.

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                      4 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • App Metadata Should Be Part of the Project

                      I would like to see the metadata be part of the project in VS. This would allow (as others have suggested) a more streamlined process for tracking changes and perhaps even uploading a single package without having to fill in the blanks. An editor (like properties/settings) would be great.

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                        4 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allows 1080x1920 pixel screenshots to be uploaded to Dev Center

                        When uploading screenshots, we are given the choice to upload one of the these sizes: 768 x 1280, 720 x 1280, or 480 x 800 pixels

                        I would like to recommend adding the ability to upload screenshots in 1080x1920 pixel size. Lumia 1520 takes screenshots in 1080x1920 size and having to resize 8 screenshots across multiple languages is not how a developer should spend time. 1080x1920 is the same aspect ratio as 720x1280 so it should be easily down scalable.

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                          0 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Vector Tiles, App List icons, and App Bar icons

                          It would be nice to see Windows Phone move to optional vector based icons instead of static bitmaps.

                          This would allow the application bar (or appbar) to resize if say HD screens were added.

                          Ideally, users would only need 2 icons for the marketplace: 'Tile' (contains the application name), and 'List' (just the icon for the app list). Appbars could be created at 48x48 and resized as needed.

                          I know this is a pain on developers that are not designers or have designers, but an option would be nice time saver for the future. Currently I know of developers creating…

                          56 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Support for asynchronous pluggable protocol in IE (Internet Explorer)

                            Allow custom URI's in Internet Explorer, like nabto://device.company.net.
                            Basically implement the IInternetProtocol family of COM interfaces on Windows Phone 8 and allow us to add our own protocol handlers (in the Registry) - it is possible on Windows 8.

                            55 votes
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                            • Enable better audio latency via 'exclusive-mode streams' - using WASAPI w/ Multimedia Class Scheduler Service (MMCSS) API or Equivalent

                              Enable better audio latency via exclusive-mode streams - using WASAPI w/ Multimedia Class Scheduler Service (MMCSS) API or equivalent; target <5ms latency for best result (allowing real-time audio apps).

                              Windows Phone is particularly deficient compared to other platforms in the area of real-time audio. With greater control over hardware than Google, one would think that accomplishing this should not be easier for Microsoft. Microsoft can easily bring future audio performance on par with Apple if it wanted to, and it should if it wants a piece of the audiophile user base.

                              55 votes
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                                3 comments  ·  Communication APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • ListBox.ScrollIntoView doesn't work properly

                                If a ListBox has elements with different sizes and you call ScrollIntoView to the last Item, the ScrollViewer doesn't scroll to correct position.

                                You can reproduce it adding rectangles with 100px, 200px and 300px of height and calling ScrollIntoView to the last item.

                                55 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Need ShellTile.TileData() function

                                  Currently,we can CREATE/UPDATE a ShellTile using a ShellTileData,but can not to get ShellTileData from an existing ShellTile.

                                  Please release ShellTile.TileData() function in next build.

                                  54 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Fix app rating algorithm on the store

                                    Ever since you changed the rating algorithm the are apps that can't be found.
                                    This happens on the Windows Phone and Windows store, apps that prior to your changes were making decent downloads are now to 0. One of my paid apps dropped its downloads by 50%, there are other devs which apps are now at 0 downloads daily.
                                    An example https://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/search?q=fb+pages+manager+pro
                                    Searching for the app fullname appears a bunch of junk and unrelated apps first and only after the actual app with the search terms...

                                    53 votes
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                                      2 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • WebBrowserコントロールで戻るや進む、再読み込みなどの機能を追加してください。

                                      WebBrowserコントロールで戻るや進む、再読み込みなどの機能を追加してください。

                                      52 votes
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                                      • DataAnnotations in WP8.1 WinRT - Validation

                                        Bring System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations namespace to Windows Phone 8.1 (WinRT) to allow client side validation like for Windows Store apps.

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                                          2 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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