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  1. 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 →
    • Remove Search Restrictions

      Remove the 50 apps limit from the phone and 100 app limit from the marketplace web site when users search for an app with a search term. If an app can not be found with its ideal keyword (becuase over a hundred apps already have used that search term) then new apps cannot be found with their ideal search terms. The concept of paging using skip and take very easily resolves this issue. It's quite dissapointing that a Bible app cannot be found with the search term bible.

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        11 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  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.

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          2 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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            0 comments  ·  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 →
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                3 comments  ·  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 →
                • 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 →
                  • 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 →
                    • Create/Update/Delete reminders and alarms from a BackgroundAgent

                      You can't add/update/delete alarms or reminders from a BackgroundAgent. It'd be great if we at least has the ability to change/edit reminders and alarms that were created by that app.

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                        2 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Access Cards API

                        API to emulate Radio Access Cards using NFC. That way WP can be used as a universal access card. A lot of corporate users who have to carry their access card with them will appreciate it. It will eliminate the situation when a person forgets his access card and has to go to the security office to get a temporary one.
                        One possible application of such API is ability to configure the access card ID from Active Directory. That way IT administrators will be able to provision new access codes using familiar infrastructure.
                        It will also make a corporation more…

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                          2 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Filter app reviews by version number.

                          Sometimes reviews can be for previous versions of the app. This can lead to some confusion about complaints in the reviews and whether they were fixed or not. Many times I've read reviews for apps and decided to not get it because I was unsure whether it was listened to and fixed or not.
                          iOS has this implemented in their store and I believe it works great. If its not a legal issue, I firmly believe this needs to be implemented in the Windows Phone store.

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                            1 comment  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • MediaCapture.InitializeAsync - throws unauthorized exception

                            It seems that there is a bug, which appeard after the last WP8.1 Update. MediaCapture.InitializeAsync keeps throwing UnathorizedException. I tested it on my previously (before the update) working example and MSDN sample.

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                              6 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  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。

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                                1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • app release date

                                Make the release of apps developed by MICROSOFT itself in its own shop and shop of competing operating systems at the same time that WP's store or W10M, is a constant joke against us users of WP that not even the MICROSOFT updates its products in your store faster than updates in operating system store competitor, and that users of other operating systems receive news and apps better developed before the users of WP or W10M, we know that MS is a company which adopted the philosophy to expand its services to other operating Systems to go where your customers…

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                                • Bring ftpwebrequest to Windows Phone

                                  Since the easiest way to get hold of files to be used in programs is by downloading them from a network or the internet and saving them in isolated storage it would make the whole thing a lot easier if you could do this with FTP. FTP is still one of the most used protocols for retrieving files. And using a proxy is not always an options since some of us would like to be able to reach FTP servers that is on a separate network.

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                                    2 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  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.

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                                      1 comment  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Change or delete a Reserved Name

                                      Currently you CANNOT change or delete a Reserved Name.

                                      Furthermore, if you reserve a name you will NEVER be able to transfer the App.

                                      Form support: "The reserved name is a permanent value in the system. ... When a developer reserves a name for an app, it permanently links the app ID to the specific developer that reserved the name of the app. This functionality prevents us from being able to migrate an app from one developer to another."

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                                        6 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Allow On/Off button for any app to be placed into Action Center

                                        Although the Action center quick settings are really useful, it's still quite limited - no option to toggle Mobile data or force Battery Saver.

                                        It would be ideal to allow ANY developer to place his app On/Off button inside this Action Center, for instance:
                                        - enable/disable Fitbit tracking
                                        - turn lights on/off at home via light controlling app
                                        - Start Xbox One remotely via Smartglass app
                                        - and much more, the possibilities are endless!

                                        Ideally it should be as powerful as Secondary tiles.

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                                          4 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Need native support for recurring toast notifications

                                          Currently there is no way to schedule recurring notifications using ScheduledToastNotification.

                                          The only workaround provided by MSFT is to manually periodically wake up and reschedule a bunch of notifications ahead of time. But this is simply not an elegant solution... It could result in creating hundreds of notifications manually and, what if the user doesn't open the app often and meanwhile disable the app's background task entirely?

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