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  1. Modern Windows UI in Win32 desktop applications

    Bring modern Windows UI to existing Win32, WPF and Windows Forms desktop apps with the option to adopt islands of Windows.UI.Composition and Windows.UI.XAML content incrementally. Allows desktop apps to incrementally adopt UI innovations and creates a bridge to UWP for app UI.

    31 votes
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      5 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Animated Vector Graphics support in the Visual Layer / XAML

      Add support for Animated Vector Graphics in the Visual Layer/ XAML to enable smooth animations, scaling, and integration with effects.

      31 votes
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        0 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Create a Custom RichEditBox with all the basic features Like Text Formatting, Support for Inking Like OneNote

        It is very difficult to Create a Custom RichEditBox with all the basic features Like Text Formatting, Bullets and numbering, Support for Inking Like OneNote and also to support adaptive layout, that's too much work for basic Text editing. So my opinion is to create two new controls. One is TextCanvas for Display and Editing both Text and Inking. The other is TextCanvasToolbar for Text Formating and Ink editing.

        40 votes
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          1 comment  ·  UWP Community Toolkit  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Classic Main Menu

          When building line-of-business-apps for enterprises, we often focus on desktop only. Today we're using WPF for these tasks. But if we want to use UWP for it, we would need a classic menu like we have it in Visual Studio and serveral other "expert applications" (=app with a lot of functionality) that require more than just a hamburger menu or some flyouts

          62 votes
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            7 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add Implicit Datatemplates to UWP

            This Idea has already been posted for WinRT 5 years ago: https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/110705-universal-windows-platform/suggestions/2831450-implicit-datatemplates-for-winrt

            I'd like to have implicit DataTemplates in UWP. The main scenario is MVVM and resolving a View from a ViewModel. This scenario is described in this post: https://www.thomasclaudiushuber.com/2017/03/10/building-a-classic-tabbed-and-databound-desktop-app-with-uwp/

            49 votes
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              3 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Create a radial items control

              Where items are arranged in a circle with configurable distance and size. It should allow to specify the center element. It should provide options to display orbits or lines from the center element.

              This control can be useful for creating a social or device graph.

              23 votes
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                2 comments  ·  UWP Community Toolkit  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Editable Combo Box

                Request for an editable combo box that allows:
                - keyboard focus for the edit box
                - ability to type a value that matches an item in the dropdown
                - ability to type a value that does not match an item in the dropdown (enabled as a control option)
                - auto complete of the item name while typing
                - keyboard navigation for opening the dropdown using Alt + down arrow.
                - keyboard navigation for moving through the list of items in the combo by using left and right arrow keys

                51 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Dynamically Load Assembly

                  Add the Assembly.Load method which accepts byte[] as a parameter in order to load an assembly in to the app domain. All the other platforms support this: .Net, Silverlight, Android (Xamarin), and even iOS (Xamarin)!

                  Why is the UWP team stubbornly resisting this? Without this UWP is more or less a toy because any customization requires that the app be deployed completely separately. Other platforms allow for customization to be downloaded and dynamically loaded in to the app domain.

                  48 votes
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                    8 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • We need a classic TabControl for Desktop applications

                    For a classic desktop application, we need a TabControl. Currently you can use the Pivot or there are 3rd-party vendors providing a TabControl. But as this is such a central control, it should be part of the platform.
                    If you build it, it would be great if you could add configurable close-functionality to the tab-header that is bindable to a ViewModel.

                    I’ve spent some hours to build a small MVVM/UWP/Pivot Prototype that does the typical stuff we do today in WPF with TabControl. And I was impressed how far I got. Sample is here:
                    https://github.com/thomasclaudiushuber/Uwp-Tab-Control-Spike

                    Big asks are asks are …

                    32 votes
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                      4 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • FM Radio RDS support if FM Radio APIs are brought in

                      If FM radio APIs are brought in, it would be amazing if we could get RDS support as well. This would allow apps to say they were listening to KEXP instead only 93.1 and the station information as well.

                      For FM radio APIs, please vote here: https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/110705-universal-windows-platform/suggestions/17399074

                      65 votes
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                        7 comments  ·  Missing APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add a Toolbar to UWP

                        In UWP we have a CommandBar, but it seems it's not easy to use to build a classic toolbar for a desktop application. A toolbar stacks items from left-to-right, and it would be great to have such a toolbar in UWP like we have it today in WPF and several other desktop programming models

                        31 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Enable Hyper-V on all version of Windows

                          For developing and testing virtualized apps with the latest features we need Hyper-V but it isn't available on all versions, so our best option is install Linux.

                          Similar issue: https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/110705-universal-windows-platform/suggestions/7761381-allow-to-develop-and-test-windows-phone-apps-on-al

                          63 votes
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                            12 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • ucrtbase bug: _wspawnve is broken

                            There is a serious bug in CRT (ucrtbase) which is part of Windows 10.
                            The long story (please read it, since it contains all information about this bug): https://youtrack.jetbrains.com/issue/PY-17069#comment=27-1803709

                            The short story:
                            _wspawnve is broken when launched from Explorer (not cmd) because ``cenvarg.cpp`` expects undocumented environment variable ``=C`` (covered here: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/oldnewthing/20100506-00/?p=14133) and this variable is not provided by Explorer.

                            Tool to reproduce.

                            ```
                            #include<process.h>
                            // Works from cmd.exe, but not from Explorer on Win10 :)
                            void main() {
                            const wchar_t* const args[] = {L"c:\\windows\\system32\\cmd.exe", L"/?", NULL};
                            const wchar_t* const envs[] = { L"FOO=BAR", NULL};
                            int r;

                            _wspawnve(P_WAIT, L"c:\\windows\\system32\\cmd.exe", args,…

                            23 votes
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                              8 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add PullToRefresh to MasterDetailsView 'Master Panel'

                              Master Panel in MasterDetailsView was intended to be used as PullToRefreshListView because usually, the ListView in Master Panel is dynamically changing, It is often used for showing Collections of Emails, Articles, etc. So why not include EnablePullToRefresh as a property of MasterDetailsView. It would save the user a lot of time and effort.

                              16 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  UWP Community Toolkit  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Put a HierarchicalDataTemplate into the Platform

                                You're building on a TreeView-control, as your backlog on https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/platform shows. I'm using the TreeView of your official samples on https://github.com/Microsoft/Windows-universal-samples/tree/dev/Samples/XamlTreeView. The point that I really miss when working with hierarchical data is the HierarchicalDataTemplate like we have it today in WPF. So I suggest that you bring the HierarchicalDataTemplate to UWP. It makes especially sense when you release a control for hierarchical data like the TreeView.

                                27 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • In-app notifications

                                  It would be great if something like this ( https://github.com/RavinduL/LocalNotifications ) was included in the toolkit. There is a guideline somewhere about not using toast notifications while your app is in the foreground.

                                  More details and the full discussion about this can be found here: https://github.com/Microsoft/UWPCommunityToolkit/issues/1080

                                  12 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  UWP Community Toolkit  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Clipboard content should persist even if it contains a delayed format

                                    I've noticed that when you create a DataPackage containing both data provided directly (let's say text, using SetData) and delayed formats like a bitmap (using SetDataProvider), when closing the application the whole clipboard content is cleared.
                                    I expect that the content set directly (the text) to persist after closing the application.

                                    10 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Provide an API to retrieve current application icon for running appx app

                                      With apps increasingly going the encrypted route, our app (EarTrumpet) is finding it harder and harder to retrieve the running appx app's current application icon (i.e. the icon you see in the taskbar).

                                      Extracting the icon via FindWindow/etc. APIs is messy and not appropriate for loading scale sensitive assets. Parsing the PRI is only possible in unencrypted appx scenarios.

                                      25 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Open Services library to Xamarin

                                        The Microsoft.Toolkit.Uwp.Services project should also be usable in a Xamarin environment.

                                        24 votes
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                                          3 comments  ·  UWP Community Toolkit  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                          fine feedback. :)  ·  DeltakoshDeltakosh responded

                                          Excellent feedback. We are not working on supporting Xamarin for now but if this suggestion get a lot of traction we can update our priorities

                                        • Ability to force speaker on Phone (or other devices) when headphones are plugged in

                                          When using FM radio, i have my headphones plugged in. If i have access to the FM radio APIs, i need the ability in my app to force audio to go through the speakers, not the headphones.

                                          I believe this should be a user based permission API in case the user doesn't want me to have this ability.

                                          42 votes
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