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  1. 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

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      0 comments  ·  Controls  ·  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 →
      • 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 →
        • 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…

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            4 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • WinRT custom components desktop

            Remove the limitations which inhibits WinRT *custom* components to be used on a desktop application.
            1. Make the interop with .NET straightforward instead of messing pinvokes
            2. Make all developers become more familiar with WinRT
            3. Allows C++ developers to produce components with a well-known ABI avoid the messing to recompile tons of sources every time

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              0 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow changing the country and name after registration on Windows Phone Store, PubCenter and Windows Store

              Allow changing the country and name after registration on Windows Phone Store, PubCenter and Windows Store.

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                0 comments  ·  Dev Center Profile  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 68 votes
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                  5 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add support for passive BT LE iBeacon devices

                  Extend the DeviceInformation class to support or provide an API to get access to the beacon advertisement packets. Currently, we cannot discover passive Bluetooth devices which cannot be paired.

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                    0 comments  ·  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

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                        2 comments  ·  Network 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 =…

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                          3 comments  ·  XNA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 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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                            1 comment  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Fix VoiceCommands so they work whether the app is in the foreground or not

                            Right now, Voice Commands registered for an app only work when an app is off, or in the background. They do not work if you are in the application already, and use Speech from the Windows key to navigate somewhere else in the app.

                            To the end user, it appears that the command is recognized and the system is taking you there, then it closes without actually doing anything. This appears to the end user like a bug in my application, not a system-wide OS bug.

                            I understand this was not necessarily the designed use case, but consider that the…

                            65 votes
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                              3 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Improve Alarm and Reminder APIs

                              First, Alarm and Reminder classes are not even included in the Windows Phone RunTime.

                              So, please, include them in the next sdk.

                              Second, those two classes are very very limited. There's no way to change the snooze duration, no way to use music from Music Library for the tones and you cannot customize the 'dismiss' popup window too.

                              I raised a request on the uservoice site over a year and a half ago, it's got 15k user votes but was rejected recently, because the admin thought it's a dev question (Well, there are 1000 USERS complaining about these missing features)...

                              64 votes
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                                4 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Internet Explorer Mobile でCSSの position:fixed をサポートして欲しい

                                CSSの「position:fixed」は、スマホサイトの制作において、ツールバーを画面上に固定しておく、ボタンを固定しておくといったケースで利用頻度の高いプロパティです。これをIE Mobileでもきちんとサポートしてください。

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                                  2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Continuous Integration - Dev Center API for updating (beta/normal) app xap files.

                                  It would be great to have opportunity to automate app distribution for beta and even normal apps that will be update by CI server. It could be just the REST API that will need some basic parameters and new xap file.

                                  63 votes
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                                    3 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Windows Phone Dashboard web should be fully supported in IE11 on WP8.1

                                    Since Internet Explorer 11 on Windows Phone 8.1 now supports file upload and download, the dev.windowsphone.com web should be also fully supported in IE11 on Windows Phone 8.1 devices.

                                    It's quite a shame I cannot fully control my apps when I'm only on my phone. The most significant problem is probably the requirement of Silverlight browser plugin, that is not available on Windows Phone IE11.

                                    And I know, we can use the "Dev Center" app for some common tasks, but the goal should be here the option co create new app in Dashboard from my phone, upload the xap/appx, upload…

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                                      0 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • SJIS, EUC のエンコーディングのサポートをして欲しい。

                                      外部データの読み取りなどで未だに SJIS や EUC を読み取らざるを得ない場合があります。この場合に備えて System.Text.Encoding で SJIS や EUC のサポートをして欲しい。
                                      PC版の Silverlight でもサポートされていないようなので、難しいかもしれないですがお願いします。

                                      もし標準サポートできない場合は、代わりに codeplex 等で C# 実装の MS謹製? エンコーディングクラスを公開して頂けるとありがたい。

                                      当たり前の事ですが、 IE9 で SJIS, EUC のページを参照したところ正しくエンコーディングが行われているので、WP7 どこかにエンコーディングを行うコードはあるはずです。

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                                      • Search Relevance in the Windows Store

                                        My app "Hyper for YouTube" is among the highest rated apps in the store and definitely in the "Music & Video" category. It does not show up in "Top Free" (any-more) though.
                                        I have contacted support and the response I got was:
                                        "[...] there are a limited number of apps that can be displayed in the Top Free or Top Grossing categories so due to the number of new apps that are submitted. As a result it is not guaranteed that every new app will appear in these sections.

                                        The Store uses a variety of factors such as app ratings,…

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                                          2 comments  ·  Windows Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • 使用微软账户开启手机

                                          如果用户忘记了本地密码是不是很麻烦呢,这时候如果能通过“使用微软账户开启手机”是不是一个很人性化的选项呢?
                                          并且,也请在微软wp8网站中加入此功能,用于远程登录手机。

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                                            11 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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