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  1. Allow setting pin(s) when using the BingMapsTask

    At the moment, when launching the BingMapsTask it's only possible to set the center and zoom level. There's no way to specifically highlight the paticular place that we're wanting to show to the user.
    At best this is unclear, but should the user pan or zoom they lose the frame of reference for the place we're trying ot show them.

    You can sometimes work around this behaviour by specifying a search for the place you're trying to indicate but this is dependent upon the search results. If the search finds nothing you get no pin. Or if the search finds…

    6 votes
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      0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 2 votes
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      • 2 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Exit button on ie9

          Internet explorer keeps running in background and is always visible while back button is kept pressed. That is good for multitasking and it resumes the work from where we left but still if I have done using it, I can't close it down. That is irritating actually. An exit button should be there on all application software's.

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          • 4 votes
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              0 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Vibration instead of the clicking sound while typing

              It would be nice if a choice between vibration and the sound is given for typing

              3 votes
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              • Optional game rating requirements for Brazil and Korea

                Many small developers skip Brazil and Korea from worldwide distribution because there are mandatory rating agency requirements.

                2 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Dev Center + Microsoft Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Enterprise Development Support

                  The current developer ecosystem for WindowsPhone apps is focused on individual developers or corporate developer accounts that typically distribute apps to the masses via the Marketplace.

                  Internal use of apps is defined as a "beta test" and requires a list of Live IDs designated to allow a certain set of users to download and use the app. This is very limited and also time consuming. Ideally, a company may wish to dedicate a group of Live IDs as testers to be used each time. Allowing for tester groups or "profiles" would allow for efficient test setup in the Marketplace, especially…

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                    1 comment  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Select port when receiving UDP messages

                    It is not possible to select the port to receive messages.

                    Before receiving an UDP message a message has to be send (using sockets). When sending the message the receiving port is choosen randomly by the windows phone. There is no possibility to choose a specific port number.

                    sending an UDP Broadcast (send to 255.255.255.255) is not supported. In this case an exception is thrown.

                    We need UPD broadcast to search for our devices in the network.

                    These devices have a simple network interface an cannot be extended for several reasons (flash size, communication library). UPNP and UDP Multicast is…

                    5 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Changing the fast app switching image

                      If the app shows sensitive data when deativated, it would be good to be able to use a different image for fast app switching instead of a screenshot of the application

                      3 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow some approved apps to run a daemon server.

                        Daemon service should be turnable on and off per app basis, in the same way like periodic tasks. This would enable apps like Skype to work in background and show incoming call nobtification.

                        2 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Background Processing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • PhotoCamera.FocusAtPoint

                          public void FocusAtPoint(double x, double y) method is not listed in PhotoCamera[from metadata] when i press F12 on PhotoCamera in text editor.
                          I'm intalling:
                          Microsoft Visual C# 2010
                          Microsoft Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 (Beta) - ENU
                          Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate - ENU Service Pack 1.

                          4 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Camera/Video/Microphone  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • App-specific search

                            Currently, the search button only opens Bing. Please make it instead fire an event, which could be used to open an app's search bar or page.

                            3 votes
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                            • Keep alive WiFi in when phone is locked to be able to have WCF app that let receive notifications

                              I am very intersting in develop app in WCF that let me to receive notificaction from the server or other clients, but this is impossible for three main reasons:

                              1.- WiFi is disabled when the phone is locked.
                              2.- It's not possible to have an app in background that listens the communication channel.
                              3.- WCF don't let duplex communication.

                              15 votes
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                                4 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Contact object does not contain company phone number

                                If a contact has a phone number whose type is "company", then you have no way to access it in a 3rd-party app, because the Contact.PhoneNumbers does not contain it. It must be a bug, and it's terribly annoying for dialer apps. Pls fix it ASAP!

                                2 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 3G measurement report partially available.

                                  Identify cell and BTS connected, RSCP,CPICH RSSI and EcNo, pathloss, (...), Wifi RSSI/strength

                                  8 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 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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                                        • 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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