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  1. Improve Alarm and Reminder APIs

    First, Alarm and Reminder classes are not even included in the Windows Phone RunTime.

    So, please, include them in the next sdk.

    Second, those two classes are very very limited. There's no way to change the snooze duration, no way to use music from Music Library for the tones and you cannot customize the 'dismiss' popup window too.

    I raised a request on the uservoice site over a year and a half ago, it's got 15k user votes but was rejected recently, because the admin thought it's a dev question (Well, there are 1000 USERS complaining about these missing features)...

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      4 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow On/Off button for any app to be placed into Action Center

      Although the Action center quick settings are really useful, it's still quite limited - no option to toggle Mobile data or force Battery Saver.

      It would be ideal to allow ANY developer to place his app On/Off button inside this Action Center, for instance:
      - enable/disable Fitbit tracking
      - turn lights on/off at home via light controlling app
      - Start Xbox One remotely via Smartglass app
      - and much more, the possibilities are endless!

      Ideally it should be as powerful as Secondary tiles.

      20 votes
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        1 comment  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • MessageDialog

        Make Windows.UI.Popups.MessageDialog.ShowAsync() on Windows Phone 8.1 behave as on Windows 8.1:
        when i cancel the IAsyncOperation<> on Windows 8.1 the dialog is disposed but on Windows Phone 8.1 it remains visible.
        Since I believe that the correct behavior is that on Windows 8.1, I suggest to line up the Windows Phone 8.1 API to the Windows 8.1 counterpart

        18 votes
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          0 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Sortable Observable Collection

          Currently for dynamic data binding controlls like listbox, <a href="http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms668604%28v=vs.95%29.aspx">ObservableCollection</a> is recommended. However the collection does not implement Sort, and it does even implement Move (so you can implement sorting on your own by extending it). Can we have a sortable observable collection for WP7?

          14 votes
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          • Keychain Services / PasswordVault secure storage

            Implement a Credentials Locker of credentials, providing secure storage of passwords and keys for one or more users.

            This feature should allow per-publisher apps to share credentials.
            The app creating the service key should be allowed to define the access type - per-title or per-publisher.

            12 votes
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              0 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 10 votes
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                0 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Make Lync 2013 open to all consumers only on WP OS

                Dear Microsoft,
                Lync Can Kill Whatsapp, Hangout or any messengers out there.
                Kindly release Lync 2013 FREE for all consumers[Only for Windows Platform]
                Please do not restrict Lync to Enterprise Users alone
                Skype can never catchup with Lync

                3 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add TileMode and View* properties on TileBrush

                  In WinRT, the TileBrush class is missing the TileMode and View* properties that are present in other frameworks like WPF and Silverlight. Please add these properties so that we can support image tiling properly.

                  There are tons of requests for this over the past years. See this thread for an example:

                  http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsapps/en-US/bb5aa859-e3d1-46f2-a661-d4bdbee9a1f2/windowsuixamlmediaimagebrush?forum=winappswithcsharp

                  3 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add "nearest neighbor" scaling option for Images (similar to RenderOptions.BitmapScalingMode in WPF)

                    WinRT doesn't have an easy way to scale images with the nearest neighbor algorithm. When I have an image that will be zoomed in on, I don't want it to get anti-aliased, which is the forced current behavior in WinRT. If there was a feature like WPF's RenderOptions.BitmapScalingMode that supported specification of a nearest neighbor algorithm, it would fix the problem.

                    3 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Port API from Silverlight apps to Universel apps

                      Hello

                      Because the universal apps are a very good idea a lot of developers will start using it. A big problem with them is the small API's accessible for WP8.1 apps. There are a lot of importent API's not ported from the silverlight apps. For example: setting lock screen.

                      This is quite strange since WinRT apps can set the lock screen... this means we can't really make universel apps, we can't implement all features on every platform.

                      Thanks

                      3 votes
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                      • DataGrid Control for WinRT

                        Some business applications require this type of control!!!
                        Windows Store Apps for the line-of-business (LOB) apps need help.

                        3 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • lock screen

                          Allow XAML winRT apps to change the lock screen background.
                          Currently, this is only supported for silverlight :(

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                          • Task for passing file to another app and have it pass it back

                            Currently I'm developing an app for posting photos to a user's Picasa account. A user has requested that the app provide functionality to edit a given photo from their account and upload a new version.

                            I don't think it's best of my resources to implement this functionality when there are so many great photo editing apps already on the market.

                            I would like the ability to pass the photo from my app to an app (of the user's choice via an app picker) that supports the selected photo type. The user can then do some function within the selected app…

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                            • XamlReader.LoadAsync

                              It would be nice to be able to load XAML from string without freezing UI - it could easily take over 200ms to load a short bit of XAML.

                              3 votes
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                              • Features to look at for WP9

                                Skydrive app to be the default filemanager for cloud and phone?
                                A Partition Manager for phone?
                                Multi-personality OS design?
                                http://windowsphone.uservoice.com/forums/101801-feature-suggestions/suggestions/4270803-multi-profile-hub-start-screen
                                Lync to act as a default messaging app for wp?
                                Notification center API for dev to allow different styles of notification apps?
                                Phablets to run RT and not WP OS?
                                Like button for messages, conversations, app comments etc
                                Multi Boot: RT,WP8,Xbox OS in Phablets and Tablets?

                                Microsoft can win in multiple ways and dominate

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                                • ADO, Excel, Access

                                  pls add ADO support to winrt, at least for Access and Excel files to read data and make reports in this formats

                                  +in office VBA new features for connection to windows phones

                                  ++if in future will be possible to "unlock" private developer phone for private self-made programs without possibility to publish its on win store, it will be great.

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                                  • Media picker control/API

                                    A media picker control that you could activate that would let the user go through their media library and check off a list of songs or videos. This would also be very nice so that you could add a 'create playlist' feature into the music+video hub.

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                                    • InputPane EnsuredFocusedElementInView is error prone

                                      Occasionally Windows Phones scroll-when-keybaord-appears-magic does something that doesn't make sense. I'm thankful that in Windows Phone 8.1 there is a backdoor to manage the page movement ourselves. However, because its a boolean that affects the entire application and you have manage when its on or off yourself, its easy to make a mistake. Its strange that it isn't just an attribute in XAML. A per-TextBox attribute would be nice.

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