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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…

    597 votes
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      43 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…

      510 votes
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        9 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Push notifications in App Studio

        Allow the possibility to add push notifications (toast and tile) in apps created with AppStudio, eg. when there's a new article in RSS reader, or a new video in youtube, and so on...It would be so cool!

        1,670 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Push Notification  ·  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…

          1,634 votes
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            80 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  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.

            361 votes
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              5 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  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.

              249 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…

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                  244 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

                  620 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  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 →
                    • 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 …

                      74 votes
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                        2 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  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.

                        216 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  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!

                          486 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Windows Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • CSV Export is malformed if in-app offer has double quotes or commas in the name

                            I like to export the reports in CSV format from the dashboard for my apps and purchases, to later process them and build some more detailed reports.

                            Several of my in-apps have names with double quotes and/or commas in the name. If I try to export the in-app CSV report it's malformed for those lines.
                            I found so far three different cases, but all of them result in one (or more) extra column, due to wrong escaping of the quote or comma characters.

                            First example, in-app name: 10,000 items
                            Results in "10","000 Items", instead of simply "10,000 Items"

                            Another case…

                            23 votes
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                              3 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  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.

                              48 votes
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                                3 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  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!

                                16 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Framework  ·  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

                                  498 votes
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                                    2 comments  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Expand/Enable Universal Windows Platform to Transpile to JavaScript (iOS/Droid Compatibility)

                                    Companies like CSHTML5 (http://cshtml5.com) and DuoCode (http://duoco.de) are already doing this, but it would be great to see this effort officially adopted into the Microsoft Universal Windows Platform.

                                    Using Roslyn (as DuoCode does), UWP Applications written in Xaml and C#/VB.NET get transpiled into JavaScript and rendered via HTML5 canvas. The results of which could be hosted anywhere that HTML5/JS can run, notably iOS and Droid platforms. Or even on a regular ol' website.

                                    A mechanism that operates like PhoneGap/Cordova would have to be implemented so that access to external hardware APIs can be achieved.

                                    That way,…

                                    12 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Framework  ·  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…

                                      41 votes
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                                        3 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Photo Selecting API

                                        The default API and UI for selecting photos in chat and other apps should be updated and must include these two features:
                                        1. It should always show multiselect option. So that multiple photos can be selected.
                                        2. It should come with new UI showing a mini window(this should not be a new window instead a small pop up option covering 1/4 of bottom screen) with latest photos which is scrollable and an icon to go to full photo selection page.

                                        8 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Camera + Video APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow to Develop and test windows phone apps on normal version of Windows

                                          In India lot of students buy Notebooks with Windows 8.1 SL (Not pro). But for developing and testing Windows Phone apps we need Windows Pro version with Hyper-V. Thats why lot of students chose to develop for android, because of no special requirement.

                                          At least you can give Students an option (on DreamSparks) to install Hyper-V on their regular OS.

                                          15 votes
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