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  1. Add a SavePng extension to WriteableBitmap (similar to SaveJpeg)

    When you create a tile dynamically, it is common to want to save it as a Png file so that it uses transparency (so that it respects the theme accent color).
    However, there is no built in method to save a WriteableBitmap as a png.
    There is however a nice extension to save it to jpg, but that doesn't help if you want to use transparency to leverage the theme accent color in your tile.

    I think many apps that need to generate a tile dynamically will encounter this issue.

    164 votes
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      5 comments  ·  Audio/Graphics/Media playback  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow access to binary data of Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Media.Song class

      The MediaPlayer class can play Song objects, but there is currently no way to get at the song data. Allow binary access would allow custom vizualizations, media players, and audio enabled games.

      This would also solve another requested issue where devs want to get visualization data. With access to the song binary, this data could just be created by the dev.

      http://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/110705-app-platform/suggestions/1908309-enable-microsoft-xna-framework-media-visualization

      2 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Create option to allow Periodic Agents to run even if app has not been opened for x days

        Create option to allow Periodic Agents to run even if app has not been opened for x days. There are some apps I only open every month or two but I do want the live tile to be kept up to date.

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          0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • API to check if the phone is in vibrate mode

          That's ridiculous there's no way to check vibrate mode until SDK 7.1.1! Are you serious, Microsoft?

          2 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Emulator: NMEA file format support for location

            Received from an MVP this week over email:

            It would be great to be able to have the emulator location data use the NMEA file format - either via file import/export, or using the files directly as a feed. This would make it very easy to repeatably test the location data in the device, as well as demo apps for customers. Other devices use this format and it would be great to see it supported by Windows Phone.

            The NMEA 0183( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NMEA_0183 ) is a serial, ASCI, sentence based protocol which is supported by almost all GPS out there now.

            4 votes
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              1 comment  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 智能拨号,文件管理,来电通,输入法,通知栏

              强烈需要这些。音量分离。多任务。。。切换流畅。。。锁屏开关,情景模式。。。。不做下个手机肯定不是wp了

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              • Save message typed as draft when exiting without saving

                When I type a text message and need to go back to a different app (to copy a phone number to paste into the text message for example), I lose what I have typed when I come back to the text message editor, which is very frustrating. Keeping the message as draft when exiting would save me the hassle of having to type it again...

                2 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Unsorted  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • To load the mobile turn off and the alarm works with the phone off to my core.

                  To load the mobile turn off and the alarm works with the phone off to my core.

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                  • Fix the way the marketplaces uses key word tags for apps

                    Start by expanding the number of apps that can use a certain key word, such as "childrens stories" so that new apps who innovate can displace those who got their first with potentially crappy apps. Secondly, you need to limit the number of apps that a publisher can submit with a particular key word. For instance, if I build a children's book app and then submit that same app 50 times, each time with a different name and book loaded, i have essentially used up all the available space on the marketplace app search results screen, thereby stifling competition and…

                    4 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Unsorted  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Хочется настоящей многозадачности, как в Symbian

                      Why the windows phone can not work like Symbian with many apps in time. хояючется многозадачности, а не истории открытых приложений

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                      • SIP Client native

                        more and more people telephone over voip but there are many different provider. they all use Sip so it would be great to have a native sip client integrated.

                        8 votes
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                          2 comments  ·  Unsorted  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • ホーム画面におけるラベル作成、およびラベルジャンプがOS標準で行えるようにしたい

                          今現状、WP7はタイルは分類もできなければ、他の方がアイデアを出している
                          ショートカットグループの為のタイルも作成は出来ません。
                          多くのタイルを置くと混乱、あるいは効率性の低下をもたらす為
                          タイルを少なく個人で選定し並べる以外にまとめる方法が存在しませんでした。

                          この現状において、エバンジェリストの高橋氏が「Tile Label」を作成しました。
                          このアプリにおいてラベルを作成し視覚的な分類は可能となりました。

                          この発想は自分は非常に有効な手法であると思った上で、
                          この発想を一歩前進させて、そのラベルへのジャンプも可能にしたら
                          視覚的な分類と、操作性としての効率が向上出来ると考えましたが、
                          しかし現状は仕様上不可能であると高橋氏よりご回答をいただきました。

                          それなら、ラベル作成およびラベルジャンプをOSレベルで利用できるよう
                          改善して欲しいと思ったので、本提案をさせて頂きます。

                          ショートカットグループに比べての本提案の利点は
                          全アプリ一覧でのイニシャルジャンプと、設計思想上共通する為
                          一貫性を持つことが出来ると共に、WP7のシンプル性を損なわないと
                          思ったからです。
                          これが可能になればmetro UIの利便性は非常に向上すると思います。

                          是非とも御対応よろしく御願いします。

                          7 votes
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                          • Fill the WebException.Status property

                            This .NET property helps to determine what was wrong during the request. It's very helpful to give a pertinent feedback to the user. Right now, the value is always UnknownError.

                            NameResolutionFailure, SendFailure: check your internet connection
                            TrustFailure: please add our certificate
                            Timeout: woops, our servers are down, please try again later
                            ProtocolError: something went wrong, please try again later

                            1 vote
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                              0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Remove Search Restrictions

                              Remove the 50 apps limit from the phone and 100 app limit from the marketplace web site when users search for an app with a search term. If an app can not be found with its ideal keyword (becuase over a hundred apps already have used that search term) then new apps cannot be found with their ideal search terms. The concept of paging using skip and take very easily resolves this issue. It's quite dissapointing that a Bible app cannot be found with the search term bible.

                              27 votes
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                                11 comments  ·  Dev Center + Microsoft Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • {x:Static NumericConstant} way of accessing constants in XAML page

                                The "{x:Static NumericConstant}" way of accessing code page constants in XAML page already exists in WPF. This approach will provide an elegant way of accessing constants both in code and XAML pages in Silverlight, and for my immediate need in Windows Phone 7. For instance,

                                public partial class App : Application
                                {
                                public const int ImageHeight= 173;

                                ...
                                }

                                in App.xaml.cs

                                and accessing the constant ImageHeight in a XAML page as:

                                <Image Height="{x:Static App.ImageHeight}" ...

                                is a neater way of coding as compared to alternative approaches.
                                Please please incorporate this in future release.

                                14 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Silverlight APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Need to set MaximumAutomaticRedirections for HttpWebRequest

                                  Wireshark shows that the default MaximumAutomaticRedirections is always 5,which is so small in practical.
                                  If the server(s) redirect for 6 times,then the request failes.
                                  Need access to set this property programmatically.

                                  2 votes
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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…

                                    16 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Thank you for the suggestion. We are not adding this capability in the 8.0 release, but know that it is high on the consideration list for future Windows Phone releases.

                                      Keep those suggestions and votes coming!

                                    • Possibility to set keyboard language with code

                                      I need a posibility to set the keyboard language from code.
                                      E.g. the focus on TextBox1 opens the keyboard with the german layout, the focus on TextBox2 opens the keyboard with a greek layout.

                                      on desktop under net 2.0/3.5 is this no problem:

                                      Windows Forms:
                                      InputLanguage.CurrentInputLanguage = InputLanguage.FromCulture(new System.Globalization.CultureInfo("ar-EG"))

                                      WPF: (This is exact what i need)
                                      InputLanguageManager.SetInputLanguage(textBox1, new System.Globalization.CultureInfo("en-US"));
                                      InputLanguageManager.SetRestoreInputLanguage(textBox1, true);

                                      I have tested this and it works fine. If the keyboard is not installed, nothing changes and the current layout remain.

                                      Please implement this, it is important for me for a translation application.

                                      12 votes
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                                      • SharePictureTask

                                        I love being able to share short text messages quickly by ShareStatusTask.

                                        I want to be able to do the same thing with pictures - i.e. I want to be able to add a picture to the media library and then start the SharePictureTask to let the user see and share it from the Pictures Hub

                                        2 votes
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                                        • PNG support for MediaLibrary

                                          It would be great if you could add .png support to the medialibrary so that we can save high quality png files to the picture library.

                                          6 votes
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