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  1. 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.

    215 votes
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      2 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  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…

      132 votes
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        3 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  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 …

        120 votes
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          4 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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)...

          64 votes
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            4 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Enable text effects in Windows Runtime XAML apps (border shadow, etc)

            XAML apps need the ability to create text effects on the TextBlock and other text elements. This is a standard feature for other platforms. On Android you place it directly in the markup*. This feature was planned for WP7 but was removed for RTM**. It's been over four years since that post from Shawn Oster, it's time to get this into the platform.

            Text effects are not just for fancy/weird text. It is needed when displaying text on pictures. If your font foreground in white and there are white elements in the picture the text gets lost. Providing an overlay…

            54 votes
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              3 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Make tapping top of lists scroll to top

              Follow touch enablement of mobile platforms and enable the list controls by default to have a "tap top" area that scrolls to top of list automatically.

              53 votes
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                3 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • DataAnnotations in WP8.1 WinRT - Validation

                Bring System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations namespace to Windows Phone 8.1 (WinRT) to allow client side validation like for Windows Store apps.

                52 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Wp 8.1 Map control should be MVVP compliant!

                  Map control for windows phone 8.1 is not MVVP compliant and this forces me to create View aware ViewModels that makes them untestable and not easily reusable.

                  44 votes
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                    0 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.

                    42 votes
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                      4 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Device status in Windows Runtime App

                      Provide API's to retrieve the current device information(OS info, RAM size, power source) in Windows Runtime App.

                      The equivalent class in Windows Phone 8 is Microsoft.Phone.Info.DeviceStatus

                      38 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?

                        29 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 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.

                          23 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  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

                            21 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Get currently playing song information

                              Within Windows Phone 8.0 it was possible to use the Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Media.MediaPlayer to get information (song, album, artist name) about the currently playing songs. WP 8.1, RT and Universal don't provide a way to read this information, I can only write them using the SystemMediaTransportControls.

                              Pleas bring back the capability to read this information.

                              17 votes
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                              • 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

                                16 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Contact Manager api : Need performance optimization

                                  I am developing a Windows Phone 8.1 application using windows xaml and c#. And the app needed to sync users phone contacts with the server.

                                  So at the point , We need to get all contacts from the phone and have to send it to the server. But compared to Silver light version contact api performance is really poor and it takes mare time to load all contacts.

                                  Please consider my suggestion on this case

                                  1. Polish your new Contact Manager api to get the maximum performance .Hence the user not to sit idle till it loads.

                                  2. I could…

                                  16 votes
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                                    • Add API to start a custom drag + drop action

                                      It is possible to initiate a drag&drop action by dragging items from a listview or gridview which has CanDragItems=true. But sometimes you want to drag other stuff as well. For exaple, my app has a list of items, and then it has an area where the "current item" is displayed separately. I can drag+drop stuff from the items list. But I want to give my users the ability to also drag the "current item" (from the special location outside the list), and drag+drop it like they can to with the items from the list. This is a request that came…

                                      13 votes
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                                      • Add printing support to Windows App without the need of any dialogs

                                        We are building a POS app and based on the actions on the screen a receipt needs to be printed. It's a big hindrance when a dialog box shows up. The solution would be to provide API like Win 32, where the printing can be done automatically to default printer.

                                        11 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  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 :(

                                          9 votes
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