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  1. Allow HTTP Requests Started In The Foreground To Complete In The Background

    It is a common scenario for the user to initiate a network transfer, then turn off the screen or switch to another app while the transfer is still in progress. Apps should get at least 60 seconds of background processing time to complete such network transfers and process the response. I'm aware that the Background Transfer Service is available, but there are cases where this is not usable, because it requires the data to be transferred to be written to temporary files in the storage. This is also a capability that other mobile platforms have, and I think it is…

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      0 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  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.

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        0 comments  ·  Push Notification  ·  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 →
        • Bring back SQL Server Compact in Windows 10 UWP

          Bring back SQL Server Compact in Windows 10 UWP

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            0 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 →
            • 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.

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                3 comments  ·  Communication 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 →
                • Java SDK to develop Windows Phone apps

                  Java is the most used language and the main factor to run Android forward. C# is better but still most developers (more then 40%) like to code in Java because they used to it sinve they started to study Object Oriented Programming in institutions. Making Windows Phone SDK that supports Java and a better documentation will increase apps and games count in the store. You can take example from Microsoft Azure, they are leading in their field as they gives support almost every developer by providing his language support. Be possitive Microsoft, as a Microsoft fanboy since age 6 I…

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                    3 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • WebView: Expose DOM as C#/.NET API

                    It's great to introduce an Edge Browser into a UWP application via the WebView. It would be especially powerful and useful to be able to access the DOM that is in the currently loaded page of the WebView control and have full control over querying it and even modifying it if necessary.

                    There have been many DOM APIs created in MSFT's history, so it's now time to build another one. :)

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                      1 comment  ·  Controls  ·  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 →
                      • Add auto mode to "FlowDirection" property

                        If "FlowDirection" value equal to Auto and first character in the text string was type of RTL language Flow Direction set to "RightToLeft" and if that was type of LTR language Flow Direction set to "LeftToRight"

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                          2 comments  ·  Controls  ·  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…

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                            2 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Show app review rating worldwide!

                            I understand that it makes sense to only show app reviews only in those countrys were they come from. E.g. a German review should only be shown in Germany (and maybe in Switzerland and Austria). What I don't understand is, that you also showing the app rating in countries, were they come from.

                            For example: An app has 20 ratings. 15 from Germany (all with 4 stars), 1 from USA (1 star) and 4 from France (5 stars)

                            If you now open the app in the Windows Phone Store from Germany, you will see a total app review rating of…

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                              6 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  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.

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                                0 comments  ·  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.

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                                  2 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Map control should be MVVM compliant!

                                  Map control for windows phone 8.1 is not MVVP compliant and this forces me to create View aware ViewModels that makes them untestable and not easily reusable.

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                                    1 comment  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  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.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Render Image from UIElement in Background task to update live tile

                                      One of the things that makes Windows Phone unique is all the different custom live tiles that developers could make by rendering UIElements into images and updating the live tile with them. In Windows Phone 8.1 WinRT, there's a new rule that developers can only render UIElements that are in the VisualTree. This means that developers can't render UIElements from a background task, which is very important to us developers who want to provide a custom live tile for our users.

                                      Please remove the restriction that a UIElement needs to be in the VisualTree.

                                      53 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Block developers that spam apps

                                        There are some devs that are making multiple Windows Store accounts to spam the same repackaged apps. This is unfair to devs and cheapens the Windows Store experience. For instance the following dev accounts have the same apps spammed under multiple accounts:

                                        Maajio Dev
                                        Box Team
                                        Dopeware Labs
                                        Yemba Dev
                                        Wamba Dev

                                        All of the above accounts are the same developer. The apps all go to the same facebook page. I have reported this and nothing has been done about it. Should I just assume that spamming multiple apps is ok and do the same in order to compete? Why…

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                                          0 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。

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                                            1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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