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  1. 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 →
      • 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 →
        • 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 →
          • 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 →
            • Provide API for hardware encoding/decoding and manipulation of H.264/MPEG-4 video

              It is nearly impossible to edit videos recorded by the phone on the isolated storage, it shouldn't be this hard. One has to write its own libraries simply to encode and decode videos and access the frames, let alone manipulate them and do something useful. Even with native code support on WP8 it is very time consuming to port existing libraries to do this.

              I think it would be much easier to just provide APIs for the hardware encoder/decoder to edit videos on isolated storage (and with better performance)

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                1 comment  ·  Camera + Video APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Background audio problem in W10m build 10586.107

                There seem to be some problems with background audio in the latest build of W10m insider preview.

                The first is that when you develop an app and start playback from foreground UI and suspend the app - the audioplayback will stop along with suspending event. I've tested it on official sample installed on device. One or two my users also reported that it is happening in release mode. This hadn't happened in earlier builds.

                The second thing is that if you set background media player's source as a storage file (not playlist), then start playback from foreground UI, suspend the…

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                  2 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  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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                    0 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                      0 comments  ·  Camera + Video 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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                        0 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  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.

                        • Allow videos in Windows Store

                          Allow users to either upload videos or embed youtube videos in their application listing so that clients can see gameplay and/or trailer videos, which increases the possibilities of sales.

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                            1 comment  ·  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 →
                            • Weed out spam applications during certification process

                              The amount of spam applications, apps that are split out into several regions (i.e.: MyTranspo series), the ridiculous feed readers for all different musicians and whatnot, single book applications, and do-nothing apps (i.e.: the stuff published by "Eric_rulz")... This is just absolutely ridiculous. You already promised to take care of this, but it didn't work. We've still useless applications flooding the Marketplace, and there are no signs of it slowing. I believe that, instead of limiting the amount of certifications per user per day, the Marketplace should be a little better curated. Spam applications should not be approved. They should…

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                                2 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 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 GIF image

                                  At least support displaying static GIF image. This is essential for making client app for web services.

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                                    4 comments  ·  XAML APIs (Silverlight-style)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add $0.49 IAP price point

                                    I think that having and IAP price point of $0.49 could be wildly attractive to end users and get more purchases for developers. Having $0.99 as the bottom for things like ad removal, when many *full apps* cost $0.99 can sometimes be a tough sell.

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                                      2 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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                                      • 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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                                        • New+Rising category in Windows Phone store is not updating

                                          New+Rising category in Windows Phone store is not updating.
                                          Anyone lese facing the same? Please vote

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