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  1. Add "bool IsLoopingEnabled" property to Pivot and Panorama control

    It will be great to have an option to disable the infinite looping of Pivot and Panorama controls and use them in a similar way like Picture/Article browsing, etc.

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      2 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Let us draw polygons with holes on the MapControl

      Currently, there's a bug where polygons won't render when they overlap themselves (see https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsapps/en-US/04bf003a-f15d-446a-8f70-3fa96905c303/map-polygons-with-holes-in-windows-phone-81)

      So it's currently impossible to draw polygons with holes, which e.g. makes it impossible to draw complex buildings etc.

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        4 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Deploy while debugging/deployment should unlock the screen

        When developing with the phone connected via USB, having the screen lock itself is very annoying, and makes app deployment fail.

        Some WP7 phone (not the AT&T Samsung Focus) have a "never" screen timeout. However this is for battery and powered scenarios, and you don't want to be manually switching it back and forth all the time. Some of us are stuck with a phone that locks itself all the time. The screen lock also interrupts or prevents app deployment. This makes Visual Studio fail to start the debugging session.

        An app deployment should unlock the screen and reset the…

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          4 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  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 →
          • 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 →
            • 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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                3 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Improve the region restriction / advice handling for Marketplace Apps

                The Windows Phone Radio and Windows Phone Blog Microsoft Marketing tools regularly feature new apps and games reviews, as do an increasing number of third party websites. In my experience one of the great frustrations of Windows Phone 7 is discovering from a new review or Blog that a New App is out that I have been waiting for – like Amazon, only to find it is a region restricted release and not available for the Australian Market.

                This frustration is exacerbated by the fact that this point is not highlighted up front by anyone. Here’s an example of my…

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                  3 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • paid app migrate in app purchase

                  Allow for a Migration path from Paid App to Free App with In-App-Purchase so users of the paid app don't lose their Features when changing to the free app.

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                    0 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  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 →
                      • 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 →
                        • 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 text effects in Windows Runtime XAML apps (border shadow, etc)

                            XAML apps need the ability to create text effects on the TextBlock and other text elements. This is a standard feature for other platforms. On Android you place it directly in the markup*. This feature was planned for WP7 but was removed for RTM**. It's been over four years since that post from Shawn Oster, it's time to get this into the platform.

                            Text effects are not just for fancy/weird text. It is needed when displaying text on pictures. If your font foreground in white and there are white elements in the picture the text gets lost. Providing an overlay…

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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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                              • 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 →
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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.

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                                      • 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 →
                                        • 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 →
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