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  1. flash player

    Flash Player should be there so that more flash games and videos could be played.

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      2 comments  ·  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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        3 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  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 →
        • 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 →
          • 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 →
            • 52 votes
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              • Ability to transfer app (IAPs) to a different developer account

                Currently, apps can be transferred between accounts (retaining, I believe, all ratings, users, app id, etc). This can be done through a support ticket.

                HOWEVER, apps with in-app purchases are not eligible to be transferred.

                Not even if the IAPs are completely removed from the app and deleted from the developer account. If the app EVER had an IAP, it is not eligible for transfer.

                I understand why this might not have been a high priority, but as the platform grows it seems absolutely necessary. I have apps I would like to transfer (which had IAPs) but I cannot do…

                51 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • VPN support so we

                  Support VPN, PPTP, L2TP OpenVPN etc.
                  I have moved outside the U.S. and see that my Wp7 cannot connect to a vpn. I don't see support for vpn in WP8 either. IOS and Android support multiple types of VPN middleware.

                  I was going to purchase a Nokia 920 but now I am leaning towards a Samsung Galaxy due to this limitation.

                  51 votes
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                    5 comments  ·  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 →
                    • 入力キーボードに、キャレットを左右に移動するキーを付けてほしい。

                      文字を入力する際に、指定した場所から削除したり追記する際に、タッチでキャレットを移動させるのは非常に難しいので実装して頂きたいです。

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                      • 50 votes
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                          3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • provide an api for 3rd party apps to control podcasts now that they have a separate app

                          I love to run to podcasts. A lot of apps let you control music, but nonelist podcasts. I reached out to caledos runner developers and they mentioned no API exists for this.

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                            1 comment  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Support path lengths longer than 260 (MAX_PATH)

                            I'd like to see Windows API's, Command Prompts, File Explorer support a much longer file path. 32,768 (2^15) would be very helpful.

                            The limit is documented here under "Maximum Path Length Limitation":

                            http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa365247(v=vs.85).aspx

                            I'd like to see Windows updated to support

                            49 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Enterprise  ·  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.

                              48 votes
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                                3 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 税金関係の手続きについて、日本語のサポートを提供してほしい。

                                有料アプリを公開する際に必要になる ITIN あるいは EIN について、取得が不要になるのがベストですが、取得のためのサポートを日本語で提供してほしいと思います。
                                現状、W-7 とか SS-4 とかの書類を書いて提出しなければなりませんが、Instructions ももちろん英語なので、ちゃんと書けているか自信がありません。
                                申請には、お金も時間もかかります。NG だとがっくり来ます。
                                MS さんの方でテンプレートを用意して頂くとか、書いたものを添削して頂くとかして、一発で取得できるようにして頂きたいと思います。

                                よろしくお願いいたします。

                                ところで、Web で検索すると、EIN の取得方法は結構見つかりますが、ITIN はほとんど見つかりません。
                                取得代行をやっている業者も、EIN はありますが、ITIN はありません。
                                ただ、どちらを取るべきかと言えば、本来は ITIN だと思うのですが…。
                                ITIN の場合、パスポートの公証をしてもらわないといけないので、それだけで結構な費用が掛かり、何度も申請する気にはなれません。

                                48 votes
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                                • Provide a low-level API for Bluetooth LE (useful for beacons and RSSI)

                                  It would be very useful to have a low-level API for Bluetooth LE, because it would allow us to design applications that make use of some very interesting features of Bluetooth LE, like Observer and Broadcaster roles. With such an API it would be possible for example to scan for beacons.

                                  Windows CE had such a low-level API, built on top of HCI (Host Controller Interface).

                                  48 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  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.

                                    48 votes
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                                      2 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  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 →
                                      • Provide access to Mango scan text API

                                        Mango provides a good feature to scan an image for a text. It would be great to provide a new launcher/task which uses this new existing funtionality to get a string from an image.
                                        Otherwise we need to create our own control to scan an image and extract strings with an ocr library. I'm not happy to implement something which is already there.

                                        Even if this API would use a webservice and needs network access, I would be fine with that.

                                        48 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  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.

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