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  1. 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 →
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        1 comment  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  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  ·  Silverlight APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • WCF UserNameAuthentication Support

          UWP WCF needs Username Password Authentication.

          There's really no explanation necessary. No username/password authentication, no WCF.

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            1 comment  ·  Communication APIs  ·  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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              0 comments  ·  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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                0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Remove the restricted file types for file association.

                The most important file types are being restricted from being opened by any application aka devs can not register to use .mp3, .txt, .etc. Without this functionality how can we make apps that allow users to do anything useful with their files.

                For example: I want to open a .mp3 in an audio remixer or a video in an app to upload videos. And I want to do this from within another app (skydrive) or from an email attachment or web browser. Right now it just opens up in xbox music. i can play the file and then its gone.

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                  4 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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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                    3 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • BLE iBeacons or GATT Scanning without Pairing

                    Bluetooth 4.0 Low Eneregy
                    must work in Android and IPhone.
                    No paired function must to do for reading or scaning existing BLE devices

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                      3 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Provide Sketch files for templates

                      The current design documentation at https://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/apps/dn958439.aspx provides only files in Powerpoint and Adobe Illustrator formats.

                      My company and thousands of others use Sketch to develop app interfaces, that we then give to our developers.

                      None of Powerpoint or Illustrator files are supported by Sketch and vice-versa, so we need Sketch files to start our design work.

                      Thanks you very much

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                        1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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 →
                        • 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 →
                          • Minimize UWP application to system tray

                            Give us the ability to minimize UWP application to system trayon desktop systems!

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                              0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • WiFi APの位置情報登録の充実と精度向上

                              日本の都市圏では、主要な駅や公共施設はほぼ例外なくWiFi APが設置されています。これらの位置情報をGPSによる自動登録に頼らず、クロールして登録してください。これだけで地下鉄、屋内等での位置情報アプリの利用価値が飛躍的に上がります。
                              また、ポータブルWiFiAPや列車内APなどがGPS情報から自動登録されてしまい、おかしな位置情報を表示することが少なからずあります(Mangoでほぼ改善された?)。これらの移動するAPを位置情報DBから排除してほしいです。また、おかしな位置情報を報告する手段があると精度向上につながると思います。

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                              • Email headers broken

                                Originally posted by Sergiy (http://wpdev.uservoice.com/users/26024506-sergiy)
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                                russian characters in email subject field are replaced by question marks when reply is sent.
                                Steps to reproduce:
                                1. send an email from gmail web interface with word "тест" as subject
                                2. download the email using phone default client (the subject is shown correctly)
                                3. press reply (subject is still correct)
                                4. send the email
                                5. check Sent folder - subject is displayed as ????
                                6. check email in gmail - subject is brolen as well

                                p.s. the phone language and settings are UK english. russian is used only as additional keyboard…

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                                  1 comment  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Microsoft Band Emulator

                                  I think the latest VS should include Microsoft Band Emulator

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                                  • Assembly Binding Redirection support

                                    We really need Assembly Binding Redirection (or Publisher Policies) is Windows Phone!!

                                    Lets say you have a library A that the developer strongly signed.

                                    Now let's say you have two other libs, B and C, and both of these depend on A.

                                    If B and C were to be built with different versions of A, how will he use B and C on our projects?

                                    In the .NET Full Framework, we would use a .config file to make Assembly Binding Redirection (normally, we would point all versions of A to its most recent version), but this is not possible right…

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                                      1 comment  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Make the emulator emulate the ARM CPU, like in WinMobile

                                      Now that native development is an option, it's very frustrating that one can't debug the native code that's being executed on the device without a real device.

                                      Back in the Windows Mobile/CE days, Microsoft had a Device Emulator that would faithfully emulate an ARM CPU and would execute exactly that same code that eventually went to the device. This capability was essential for certain low-level tasks like native crash investigation, debugging stack clobbering scenarios, deep optimization with inline assembly (e. g. for NEON) and such. Now that capability is lost. Please bring it back.

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                                        2 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Let an app know if it's pinned

                                        At the moment there's no way for an app to know if its primary live tile is visible or not. As half the point of my app is the information on the live tile, I'd like to have a polite reminder show every so often if they haven't pinned it, but I simply don't know whether they have or not.

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                                          3 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • OpenCL or C++ AMP Support

                                          Having native access to OpenCL or C++ AMP support would be nice to have, especially with the newer hardware arriving with WP8.

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