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  1. 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 →
    • 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 →
          • 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 →
            • 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 →
                  • 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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                        1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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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                          2 comments  ·  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 →
                          • 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 →
                            • 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 →
                              • 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 →
                                • ToUpper property on TextBox

                                  Please create this option native to TextBox control
                                  It's very usefull in WinForm projects and could speed up development on universal app too.

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                                    1 comment  ·  Framework  ·  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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                                      3 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  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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