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  1. 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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      0 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  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 →
      • Support multiple media elements

        To support things like midroll video advertisments, multiple MediaElements are needed. This is supported in Silverlight for the web.

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          0 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Office Document Viewer Control

          Provide a viewer for viewing office documents (e.g. word, excel and powerpoint basically). The UIWebView in iPhone support serveral formats and give a very good user experiences in some content related apps

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            2 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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            • support to save audio file to medialibrary

              This will benefit for applications which create audio, or recording voice, it will be easy and unified way to export audio files instead of create extra server program.

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              • Don't delete Apps when App Hub Account is deleted/expires

                I find it very strange that every app I have made during my one year membership as a developer is deleted the second I cancel my membership. Microsoft can run things however they want, but I think this is going to kill a lot of innovation and send it off to Android or iOS where you have to pay to publish apps, but apps don't get deleted if you don't pay again or if you cancel your account.

                End users are also going to get very annoyed when Apps they have paid for disappear. If Windows phone is going to…

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                  2 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  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 →
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                    • Wp 8.1 Map control should be MVVP 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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                        0 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • purchased applications backup

                        Now, if an application you purchased is removed from the marketplace, in case you need it you will not be able to redownload it and you will lose that app forever (wasting the money you spent).

                        This is not acceptable: purchased apps must be available forever!

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                          0 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • AppHub の申請却下判断が担当者によって違わないようにして欲しい

                          AppHub に何度か申請をしていると、何らかの理由で申請が却下されることがありますが、申請却下判断がまちまちなように見受けられます。
                          拙作 Nel の話で申し訳ないですが、一度 3.6 Adult Related Contents 違反で却下されても、再度ほぼ同じバイナリの XAP を申請したところ受理されました。

                          このようなことは開発者側に思わぬ恩恵をもたらす場合もありますが、出来るだけ基準が一律の方が開発側としても対処しやすく思います。

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                          • Avoid Tolls in Bing Maps Navigation

                            You should be able to select alternate routes in Bing Maps. This should include a way to avoid highways, toll roads, and heavy traffic. Selecting a diferent route in general would be a nice feature.

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                              1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 日本語版で、さして意味のない縦書きUIは止めてほしい

                              日本語版のWindows Phoneでは、ロックスクリーンをはじめとして、Poeple Hubの発言者表示やMusic&Video Hubのメニューなど随所に縦書きUIが織り込まれています。

                              一概に縦書きを否定するつもりはないのですが(ロックスクリーンやカレンダーなどは確かにそこそこかっこいいとは思います)、People Hubなどはタイムラインに無駄な余白が入りまくる、英語名の発言者の名前が非常に読み難い上に半分ぐらいで切れてしまって誰だかわからないなど、機能を阻害している部分があるように感じられますし、デザイン上もMusic Hubのように日本人が見ても明らかに不自然かつガイジン臭いカッコ悪さが気になります。
                              また、アプリケーションから縦書きメニューなどが簡単に使用できるわけでもありません。本当に使い勝手が良いのならばアプリからも容易に使用できるよう環境が整えられていてしかるべきです。それがなされない、ということは、ようするにデザイン上に小手先勝負で奇をてらっているだけといわれてもしょうがないのではないでしょうか?

                              とにかく、正直WP7.5での縦書き表示はWindows Phone本来のcoolさを少なからず損なっていると感じられるので、次期バージョンではデザイン全体の再検討を含めて再考いただきたいと思います。

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                              • 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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                                  5 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Trial feature should be built-in.

                                  The trial feature should be built-in with automatic enforcement, user prompting, disabling, etc, just as it is in the Windows Store.

                                  In the Windows store, I can choose trial mode for my app, and then pick the number of days I want the trial to last. From there, everything is taken care of for me. If the user uninstalls during a trial, it tracks this fact and prevents them from starting a new trial later.

                                  Contrast this with the Windows Phone world, where the developer indicates trial mode in the store, but has to manually track the number of days…

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                                  • Open access for XBOX Live achievements

                                    Give ability to create games that have access for xbox live achievements. It doesn't have to be full access. Still only partners can have a "Xbox live" mark on their game icon, but having a one place for achievements, leader boards and friends would be great (WP7 Live?)

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                                      3 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Screenshot Hotkey in Emulator

                                      It is physically impossible for me to play my game in the emulator and capture an image of it that actually represents what gameplay looks like.

                                      My game is controlled by the Accelerometer and has very rapid gameplay that makes switching from using the Accelerometer to Screenshot tab and actually capturing a screenshot impossible. It simply doesn't work. In order to take the screenshot it takes 2 mouse clicks and about half a second. If I am lucky I can do it before my character dies, even then though the player is just moving in a straight line to nowhere…

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                                      • Access Podcasts through MediaLibrary

                                        Provide access to the podcast episodes that are in the media library so that they may be used to construct, for instance, custom playlists.

                                        Developers wishing to leverage the Zune media platform to offer improved or tailored podcast playback experiences are currently blocked. Instead, an app developer must re-implement all the podcast management functions that are already well handled by the device and the PC Zune software. Once access to a user’s podcast subscriptions and already downloaded episodes is enabled, developers may easily write applications which enhance the existing playback experience.

                                        This idea could be relatively simply achieved as a…

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                                          6 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • USB On-the-Go (OTG) support

                                          Support for full USB OTG functionality, allowing powered hard drives, flash drives, USB hubs and camera memory cards (with a USB interface card reader), just to name a few, to be mounted, modified, filled and emptied by my Nokia device. This feature would also require a decent file manager but even android doesn't usually include one of those you just download whichever one you want. True USB OTG allows for full access to USB bus as the host of that bus, so you could even connect a mouse or keyboard, or a USB gaming controller or a desktop microphone for…

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