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  1. 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.

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        1 comment  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow developers to delete unpublished apps from the dashboard!

        Allow developers to delete unpublished apps from the dashboard!

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          1 comment  ·  Dev Portal + Publication  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • My app has started yestarday to show up at the complete end of ALL search results

          My app is called "Chess Beauty 3D" and it was ranked very high in all related search results. It also does have many good reviews.

          July 15th out of nowhere it has fallen down at the complete end of ALL search results, no matter what they are. It has also disappeared from the "new" and "best free" listings of its parent category (strategy+simulation) despite being very high in them just a day earlier.

          It was ranked 5th at "chess", but at that day it fallen down by approximately 450 places to the complete end of that list. The same has…

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            9 comments  ·  Store Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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 →
                • 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 →
                    • 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 Experience  ·  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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                          0 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 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 →
                          • 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.

                            • 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 →
                              • 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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                                • 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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                                    • 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 →
                                      • 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 →
                                        • API to Retrieve IMEI , IMSI , MCC , MNC and MSISDN

                                          Give Some API to find out these thing.Android and IPhone provide API's to find out these thing.And don't give accuses because of security reasons.Android and IPhone is also secure.So work on it and Provide Some API because in Mobile technology it is very difficult to create application without this.

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