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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.

    171 votes
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      54 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.

      39 votes
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        0 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  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

        78 votes
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          8 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.

          46 votes
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            1 comment  ·  UWP Community Toolkit  ·  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/

            57 votes
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              3 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • New Helper for Downloading from the web

              Downloading from the web is a very common thing to do in Apps but it doesn't have any dedicated control for it. So it would be nice to have one.

              Feature request for this control:

              1. Download.URI(URI) should set the item to be Download
              2. Download.GetInfo.Name, Download.GetInfo.Size, ... to get the Info about the item to be Downloaded
              3. Download.Start, Download.Pause, Download.Stop
              4. Download.GetPercentage to get the download compleated percentage so that it can be used for creating ProgessBar
              5. Download.GetSpeed to get the download speed
              6. Should support Background Download

              Issue link: https://github.com/Microsoft/UWPCommunityToolkit/issues/1309

              14 votes
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                0 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

                56 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.

                  56 votes
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                    8 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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

                    22 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  UWP Community Toolkit  ·  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 …

                      41 votes
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                        4 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  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

                        38 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Create a control for 'Continue in different device'

                          Create a control for Continue in different device Like Continue Reading etc. Microsoft wants us to build more connected app with Project Rome API. So it would be nice to create controls to achieve Microsoft's vision easily.
                          For Reference
                          I like the way MSPoweruser app has implemented this feature. In that app If we click Continue Reading button, it will show all the devices connected to this device. So if I click on a device it will open the app on that device with the same artice.

                          GitHub issue: https://github.com/Microsoft/UWPCommunityToolkit/issues/1182

                          13 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  UWP Community Toolkit  ·  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.

                            20 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  UWP Community Toolkit  ·  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

                              69 votes
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                                7 comments  ·  Missing APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 13 votes
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                                • Rome SDK for Xamarin.Forms

                                  Could you add support of Xamarin.Forms to the Project Rome SDK?
                                  I've tried to use the Microsoft.ConnectedDevices.Xamarin.Droid 0.4.0 with Xamarin.Forms apps, but it's difficult because the platform related methods - such as oAuth - are tied to the implementation of Android Activity.

                                  9 votes
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                                  • 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

                                    66 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,…

                                      24 votes
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                                        8 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  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.

                                        13 votes
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                                        • IServiceProvider for Markup Extensions for WPF parity

                                          This would enable.
                                          - IProvideValueTarget interface
                                          - INameScope interface

                                          This is part of the larger ask of Add Markup Extensions
                                          https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/110705/suggestions/7232264

                                          9 votes
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