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  1. Provide fix for c101a7d1 when updating, 80004005 when installing, license reset on reinstall

    Microsoft Support recommended me to post the issue here. There seems to be a long-standing serious issue with the Store (or possibly the dev portal) which needs to be addressed urgently. There's a history of apps affected by this issue and possibly more apps to be affected in the future if the issue goes unfixed.

    The problem starts after a certain app update. The symptoms are as stated in the title. Certain users who had installed the app prior to the problematic update are affected. Fresh users are not affected by this issue. While it is possible to reinstall the…

    638 votes
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      46 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Fix push notifications issue

      I've switched to WP recently and found that push notifications on Windows Phone are not reliable at all. (Windows Phone 8.1, Denim).

      I was using Lumia 930 for the last 3 months, and noticed a few occasions where I've missed messages on Viber / FB messenger / IM+Pro: I was not seeing any notifications about new message until I opened Viber / other IM.
      This happens more often when I'm travelling through the areas with poor network coverage (so phone switches to 3G or even 2G for a short periods of time).

      This problem makes WP platform unreliable for apps…

      548 votes
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        10 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Enable Blur and Transparency XAML Effects to Allow for Creative see-through UI designs

        The new start menu features the Aero (transparency and blur) effects we all love. It'll be great if we can enhance our own apps with the same effect where we choose. In addition to transparency and blur on any control, give us the ability to apply the effect to the base container, thus making portions of our application see-through to the desktop.

        In other words, I want to be able to create designs such as this: http://i.imgur.com/27fUxtM.jpg

        Providing more design options, allows us to diversify our application's interface designs and set it apart from others in the market.

        180 votes
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          2 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • ToUpper property on TextBox

          Please create this option native to TextBox control
          It's very usefull in WinForm projects and could speed up development on universal app too.

          433 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Support SVG elements in XAML

            The high-level ask is to support using SVG within a XAML tree. The SVG data may be inline or loaded from a source (local file or remote from the web)

            There are few current tools for converting SVG to WPF/Silverlight-based XAML but they fall short when dealing with more complex SVG data.

            Here are a few scenarios:

            - Apps loading svg content from a remote web server. This should work just like any other kind of image data. Remote xaml isn’t likely allowed, and even if it were, there’d be resistance to providing vector art in two formats when SVG…

            105 votes
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              3 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Migrating your Windows Phone 8 app to a Windows Runtime XAML app

              Please create a tool to convert WP8 Silverlight to Runtime app.
              Create a tool to migrate as much code that is compatible with universal app and mark with the error that is not compatible. This facilitates a basic migration at first then we can concentrate on improving the app for the new interface.

              541 votes
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                5 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Fix background download bug that reset user tasks (WP)

                Background:

                Since the launch of WP8.1 UC Browser team has found a bug that stop us from applying background download feature: Download tasks resets frequently and user will LOST!

                We filed feedback multiple time but this issue still remains. So we will now

                Bug Description:
                1. Use BackgroundDownloader API to create a task
                2. Monitor download progress to make sure a few MB was saved.
                3. Exit app and launch it again.
                4. Once in 3 or 4 times, download progress will reset to zero and ALL downloaded data will LOST.
                4. Demo video can be found at https://vimeo.com/106506878 (subtitle…

                1,651 votes
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                  80 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • MaskedTextBox Control

                  The TextBox control is the most used control in a Windows program. It also cause a lot of problem either from QA or the user because of invalid data that was entered. Using a masked control will save a lot of time for the developer and reduce the complaints and bugs

                  68 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Need (improved) Alarm & Reminder APIs in WP8.1 RunTime for creating Universal apps

                    There's currently no way to create a universal app that has alarm/reminder functionality because these APIs are not included in the new WP RunTime.

                    Also, the existing Alarm & Reminder APIs for WP8 are very limited. When they eventually get added into the new RunTime, can you guys please consider the following possible improvements?

                    1. Able to select a song from Music Library as the alarm/reminder tone.
                    2. Allow custom snooze time.
                    3. Vibrate only support.
                    4. Allow customizing the Alarm/Reminder popup.

                    I raised a request on the uservoice site over a year and a half ago, it's got 15k…

                    3,190 votes
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                      259 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • LaunchFileAsync needs to display the application picker if no default program is associated to the extension

                      Currently, if we write the following code:

                      var answer = await Launcher.LaunchFileAsync(file);

                      and if there is no default program associated to the file extension, nothing happens, the answer is true and no application picker is displayed, so impossible for the developer to know if the file has been launched or not

                      My idea is: if LauncherOptions.DisplayApplicationPicker is set to false, the platform needs to display the applicaiton picker if there is no default program or return false

                      633 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Transfer application from one account to another

                        Apple iTunesConnect provides ability to transfer application between accounts. You can specify application ID and application package, rating, description are transferred right into that account. Amazon Store and Google Store have this option too but it's available through email request. That's quite important feature especially if you want to combine several applications under the single account. You even can't acquire successful applications and transfer it under your account...

                        Having said that, Dev Portal doesn't have such option and if you have in-app purchase you have to unregister application and register it again under a new account which means you loose…

                        43 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Dev Portal + Publication  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Make Universal Windows Platform Open Source and Cross-Platform

                          With the advent of //build 2015, the vision and direction of Microsoft seems to be open source and cross platform. This appears to be the case for every new product from Microsoft except for the Universal Windows Platform.

                          It would be great, ideal, and wonderfully awesome to see this platform reach consistency with the rest of the organization and embrace the ideals, values, and benefits from being open source and cross platform like other areas of Microsoft now are (or are on their way to being).

                          Please provide consistency throughout the entire Microsoft development ecosystem!

                          52 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Improve WinRT Frame caching and navigation behavior

                            Windows Runtime API has presented Frame class, which page caching and navigation logic differs from a corresponding Frame class from Windows Phone Silverlight API set. This new Frame class gives a lot of pain to developers, because in many cases it cannot provide such app and navigation state management, which can be used to create good and predictable user expirience. Therefore, I want to request adding of some improvements in WinRT API to bring Frame's behavior closer to it's analog from WP Silverlight.

                            More info about the problem can be found here:
                            http://stackoverflow.com/questions/11539755/winrt-frame-and-page-caching-how-to-create-new-page-instance-on-navigate-and
                            http://caliburnmicro.com/announcements/application-state-part-1/
                            http://caliburnmicro.com/announcements/application-state-part-2/
                            http://caliburnmicro.com/announcements/application-state-part-3/
                            https://github.com/Caliburn-Micro/Caliburn.Micro/issues/95

                            33 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add Markup Extensions to (and Improve) WinRT Xaml System (System.Xaml Parity)

                              Much effort was made in WPF Xaml Serialization to decouple it from the presentation assemblies and moved into its own assemblies, System.Xaml, and System.Windows.Markup.

                              This Xaml System had it's own serialization/deserialization mechanism in XamlServices class. Furthermore, this Xaml system had a very powerful component/concept that is conspicuously absent in WinRT: Markup Extensions.

                              Markup Extensions are found in the following Xaml Systems:
                              - WPF
                              - Silverlight 5
                              - Xamarin.Forms (notably NOT a Microsoft technology, but recognizes their power nonetheless)

                              This feature is to ask for Xaml serialization featureset parity with WPF/System.Xaml. That means:
                              - Custom Markup Extensions
                              - XamlServices.Load and Save …

                              95 votes
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                                2 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • WinRT custom components desktop

                                Remove the limitations which inhibits WinRT *custom* components to be used on a desktop application.
                                1. Make the interop with .NET straightforward instead of messing pinvokes
                                2. Make all developers become more familiar with WinRT
                                3. Allows C++ developers to produce components with a well-known ABI avoid the messing to recompile tons of sources every time

                                69 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Make it harder to decompile sources from appx packages

                                  Windows Phone Silvelight XAPs were signed, so anyone donwloading them through the Store (manual download) could not have easy access to the sources of the app.

                                  Now with Universal apps / WinRT (.appx), our binaries are not longer signed as a whole, any script kiddie can unzip and decompile any app.

                                  That's a huge problem regarding developer investing on the platform.

                                  224 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 'Microsoft History' app name should not be changed.

                                    Microsoft History for Windows Store - http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/microsoft-history/ec16c1e5-e05c-4f6c-9eb8-9c7dc65f243f
                                    Microsoft History for Windows Phone - http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/microsoft-history/1223aa63-e589-482c-b939-5b5577de9cb8

                                    'Microsoft History' app was my first ever app on any Store so I was excited about that and at that time you have passed it without any queries and problems, and now after making a global market in the app store you’re saying that to change the name, many of our users have given us excellent ratings and reviews and now you’re saying to change app name, is it fair?

                                    After this we’ll lose all our happy users and this might effect on our upcoming apps…

                                    15 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Fight spam/fraud apps more aggresively

                                      There are several developers using dishonest methods to boost their apps, including fake ratings. Those apps are as good as useless to consumers (cheap website wrappers etc.) and still have dozens of maximum ratings shortly after being released. Those apps get ranked high in the listings and take away the place of the few others that actually are good.

                                      Reporting usually takes several days or more than one week until something actually happens. Also, I've heard that MS just warns those devs, but even lets them keep obvious fake max ratings. This just makes me angry as a serious developer!

                                      501 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Windows Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Emulate Bad Data Connection - v2.0

                                        I suggest to create another option that alternates "lost of signal" and "bad signal". Create an infinite loop that breakes the connection in a random time. From 1 to 10 sec, for example.

                                        A an ability to the emulator that can emulate a bad data connection so we can discover performance problems before our clients receive it. Things like throttling and dropouts

                                        The new emulators in the Windows Phone 8.1 tooling provide some excellent tools for emulating bad network connections, but there is no option to simulate broken connections

                                        675 votes
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                                          2 comments  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Provide a way to disable roaming on a specific PasswordCredential

                                          There are situations in which it's necessary to securely store sensitive credentials but having them roam across devices is undesirable. On iOS, this can be done by creating a keychain item with the attribute kSecAttrAccessibleWhenPasscodeSetThisDeviceOnly. On Windows, there does not appear to be a way to add a PasswordCredential object to the PasswordVault with roaming disabled.

                                          18 votes
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                                            0 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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