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  1. DreamSparkのアカウントでも、デプロイ数を10にしてほしい

    AppHubのアカウントは現在DreamSparkのプログラムから登録していますが、デプロイできるアプリ数が 3 に制限されています。
    どういう経緯で学生アカウントはデプロイ数を3にしたのかはわかりませんが、たくさんアプリを作りたいという思考とそれに費やせる時間がたくさんある学生にとって、この数では気軽にアプリは作れません。
    プライベート配布で審査に一度通したり、ベータテストとして申請したとしても、それが反映されるのには時間が掛かります。

    デバイスのロック解除数が減るならわかりますが、アプリのデプロイ数が減るのは不思議な話です。
    できることなら、一般アカウントと同等の10までにしてほしいところです。

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      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Full file management Windows.StorageFile, Windows.StorageFile.KnownFolders and raw Media file access as in Windows 8.1

      Hi,
      I think it's useful if both windows phone 8.x and windows 8.x will have a similar way to access filesystem content and implement ALL the APIs here:

      http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/hh465199.aspx
      http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/hh464978.aspx
      http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/windows.storage.knownfolders.aspx
      http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/jj218966.aspx

      In particular, having only the possibility of accessing media files through the XNA API doesn't deliver a UX on par with other platforms.

      As an example, we have a media player app for iOS, Android, Windows 8.1 that does some sound processing and mixing between mp3 files available in the library and the recording of the mic.

      Currently, it is not possible for us to release this feature…

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        0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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 →
        • Add phone model to the crash report

          The following additional fields should be added to the crash report:
          Date of crash
          Phone model

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            1 comment  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  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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              5 comments  ·  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 →
              • 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).

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                  0 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  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 →
                  • 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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                      3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Live Tile Update

                      The Live Tile doesnt seem to update by itself for new items until i open the app and close it. No amount of rebooting/resetting seems to help. While Toast Notifications seem to work "real-time", the Live Tile update simply doesnt. To my mind this defeats the very purpose of a "Live" tile. Went through quite a few forums and this seems to be a common refrain. Using a Lumia 920.

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                        1 comment  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Hi Anand, can you provide some additional information to help us look into this? Are you referring to a specific tile, or live tiles in general?

                        Currently, Live Tiles are able to update every 30 minutes via a Background Task/Background Agent, or immediately via Push Notifications if the developer has offered that functionality. Please note that if your phone is in Battery Saver mode then live tiles might not update until battery saver has been turned off.

                      • 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 →
                        • 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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                              • 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…

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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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                                    1 comment  ·  Dev Experience  ·  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.

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                                      3 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • 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 →
                                      • Completely separate marketing submissions from XAP submissions & allow multiple submissions

                                        Twice now, my app has failed certification due solely to marketing content. It has taken me 14 days to update a major crashing bug in my app because the certification process is inconsistent and poorly designed. I can't update the marketing text on my app to tell people a fix is on the way, because you can't have more than one submission in at a time.

                                        This design is ridiculous. XAP submissions should go through one channel, and marketing changes should go through another. If you submit both at the same time, and the XAP passes but the marketing content…

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                                          2 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  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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