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  1. Allow Windows Phone 8 Development on non-SLAT processors

    I'm sure there are many developers out there with "older" systems that are completely capable of running Windows 8 64-bit and Visual Studio 2012 but are not able to develop and test Windows Phone 8 applications because of Microsoft's choice to make the Windows Phone 8 emulator a Hyper-V virtual machine. There should be a mechanism to run the emulator using either VMware Player or VirtualBox which will use SLAT if it's present but will continue to work if it isn't or update Hyper-V to do the same.

    I don't understand this choice as I am able to write applications…

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      30 comments  ·  Phone  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Keep WP7.1 and XNA/WP app development in Visual Studio 2013

      In the first preview version of Visual Studio 2013 it's no longer possible to develop apps for WP7.1 or XNA WP apps (WP8 works fine). Please keep this platform supported in this new version of Visual Studio, thanks.

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        16 comments  ·  Phone  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Code coverage support for Windows Phone projects

        Please enable code coverage support for Windows Phone projects.

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          1 comment  ·  Phone  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Make it possible to intercept calls in Windows Phone API

          Android can intercept incoming calls, while WP 7 lacks that feature. One very useful application for this, is to show a warning if you're called by a telemarketer. This sort of app, and the lists of known telemarketers to go with it, is already available for Android in Sweden.

          56 votes
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            3 comments  ·  Phone  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow running Windows Phone 8 Emulator on Non Hyper V laptops

            Many power Core2Duo laptops could run virtual machines with no pain. It is weird that WP8 emulator runs only on hyper V laptops. We hope you can allow emulator to run on older PCs as it was for WP7.

            48 votes
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              3 comments  ·  Phone  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • allow the Windows Phone emulator to connect a Microsoft Account.

              I am not a developer but I want to run the emulator to try out Windows Phone 8. I also want to try out apps available for Windows Phone 8. Sadly I cannot because the Windows Phone emulator can't connect to a Microsoft Account. Not only does that mean no third-party apps, it also means you can't try out People Hub either, a really cool feature of Windows Phone 8.

              Please allow the Windows Phone emulator to connect a Microsoft Account.

              40 votes
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              • IDE for IPhone Apps or Objective C

                I think it is good that visual studio can be a IDE for Iphone apps or Objective C as well.
                As this will be very helpful for us and avoid us to buy mac. =D

                36 votes
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                  5 comments  ·  Phone  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Microsoft Fakes for Windows Phone Unit Tests

                  Please provide support to use the Microsoft Fakes mocking/stub framework for Windows Phone Unit Tests.

                  24 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Phone  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Access windows Phone API for SMS and make a call direct by code

                    I would like to suggest that by c# code we get direct access on Win Phone API to send sms, make a phone call, direct by C# code without open the sms screen, for example. In windows mobile 6.5 I can send a sms using only 2 lines. So, in Win Phone I need use Tasks APIs to build a code for send SMS and pass the object to the SMS Screen.
                    This example could be apply to the others APIs.

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                      3 comments  ·  Phone  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • WP7 Integration for Testing and Building

                      WP7 is a great plattform for building apps but doing development more professional usages like unitt esting and continues integration is a pain.
                      I'll expect to integrate the unit testing framework into the VS IDE, automatically launching the emulator or phone to run the test. This should also be integrated in the TFS Build system.

                      20 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Phone  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Hyper-V should stop blocking my laptops power management

                        See this page for users with this issue
                        http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w8itprogeneral/thread/6f383b2a-3a4a-472f-a966-cda0ce646e37

                        Win Phone 8 SDK requires Hyper-V. Hyper-V disables CPU throttling I don't know the specifics of the details of what is happening behind the scenes, but I can observe what happens on my laptop before and after installing Win Phone 8 SDK.

                        After installing the SDK, I can observe that my CPU Frequency in Resource Monitor no longer fluctuates, it stays steady at my CPU's rated speed. Additionally, when I perform any CPU-intensive task, my CPU temp goes to 95 Celsius, whereas it used to stick around 80 Celsius before the…

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                          0 comments  ·  Phone  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • About SmsComposeTask and EmailComposeTask

                          I think if SmsComposeTask and EmailComposeTask can add attachment file will be better.

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                            1 comment  ·  Phone  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Make it free to learn Windows Phone 8

                            100$ is a lot for developers in 3rd world country like me. I have to think a lot of times before I even decide to buy Lumia 520, Lumia 920 is close to twice my monthly salary.

                            Microsoft is already lacking in developers, so why not make it easier for people to embrace the environment?

                            If you want to charge, charge when developer want to publish their app in Windows Store. For personal learning and debugging purpose, why the fee?

                            Simulator is great, by it's not the same.

                            14 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Phone  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add Mono support to Visual Studio

                              It would be great if Visual Studio natively supported Mono* projects (Mono for Android and MonoTouch) without having to use Extensions and hack files.

                              12 votes
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                              • Improve the Windows Phone emulators so that they can work within a Hyper-V instance

                                I currently use Hyper-V for various development environments within my enterprise. One pain point I have building Windows Phone apps is the fact that the emulator uses Hyper-V. This creates an issue when I'm in a Hyper-V instance. There are workarounds as documented at http://stackoverflow.com/questions/13148828/unable-to-create-the-virtual-machine, but I shouldn't have to follow a work around for what I would assume is a common scenario (common defined as more than 1% of developers not meaning majority).

                                Please vote for me!

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                                  1 comment  ·  Phone  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                  • Make windows phone 8 SDK available for windows7 platform

                                    Currently, if we develop the windows phone 8 app, we must have windows8 plateform. But in most enterprises, there're no windows 8 upgraded. Most of them has windows7 platform, but it can only use windows phone SDK 7.1.So if we can extend our SDK to windows7 platform, the mobile biosystem for windows phone will be improved more than now.

                                    11 votes
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                                      2 comments  ·  Phone  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Support Assert.ThrowsException and UITestMethod attribute

                                      VS2013Update2(or 3) supports Universal Project. It's a wonderful thing.

                                      However,
                                      since Microsoft.VisualStudio.TestPlatform.UnitTestFramework.AppContainer.dll is not contained in Windows Phone, we cannot write universal tests.

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                                      ストアアプリ用の MSTest には、いくつかの新機能があります。パラメタライズドテストは、最も素晴らしい新機能でしょう(これは Windows と Phone ともに利用可)。

                                      例外をテストする Assert.ThrowsException と、UI スレッドでテストを実行する UITestMethod 属性も、とても便利な新機能なのですが、残念ながら今のところ Windows ストア アプリ専用です。そのためユニバーサル プロジェクトでユニット テストを書くときにこれらの新機能が使えず、とても苦労することになります。

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                                      see also: Microsoft Fakes for Windows Phone Unit Tests
                                      https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/5894285-microsoft-fakes-for-windows-phone-unit-tests

                                      10 votes
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                                      • Something that would make code more portable for win 7 phones! Other mobile platforms support C++, which makes porting between platforms ea

                                        Something that would make code more portable for win 7 phones! Other mobile platforms support C++, which makes porting between platforms easier. Look, I'm not espousing love for C++. It's a language with problems, for sure. But for those of us who want to program for multiple platforms, we don't want to have to port between say, C# and Java or, even worse, C# and objective-C. I am aware that there exist C# to objective-C guidelines published by Microsoft, and that Java and C# are relatively easy to port to one another. That's not the point. The point is that…

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                                        • Make WinPhone8 JavaScript Debugging Work (set breakpoints and step) for HMTL5/JS/CSS apps (nothing else - no workers)

                                          I can't figure this out, and nobody at Microsoft has been able to tell me either despite spending 250$ to not find out.

                                          In VS2010 with Phone SDK 7 on Win 7 I was able to set breakpoints and debug javascript. It worked well and is absolutely necessary if you want to build cross platform code.

                                          Now I migrated up to Win8 and javascript debugging doesn't work at all.

                                          I has since given up on developing for WinPhone and will target the others because they have development environments that work.

                                          What is going on MS?

                                          Why can't we debug js,…

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