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  1. 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…

    1,447 votes
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      78 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  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…

      2,404 votes
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        194 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

        614 votes
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          0 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!

          431 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Push Notification  ·  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.

            200 votes
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              0 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.

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

                319 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Windows Store  ·  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.

                  30 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  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…

                    31 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Enable Bluetooth connections without pairing

                      Enable to connect in code to Bluetooth devices where you know the name already without needing to pair the device. If you know the hostname, just allow StreamSocket.ConnectAsync do the connection.

                      This enables many beacon type of scenarios,.

                      71 votes
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                        2 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  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

                        186 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Adding Advertising SDK Support to HTML5/JS Apps created for Windows Phone 8.1

                          Dears Dev,

                          I am a Indie Game developer. I am currently developing a Windows Exclusive HTML5 based game (both Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1)

                          Its almost in completion stage and I was working on adding Ads to my game, thats when I found that the Ads SDK does not support adding Ads to a WinJS(HTML5) WP8.1 project!

                          Please note that this restriction is for HTML5/JS projects only and Ads can still be added to XAML based projects. But my entire game is developed on HTML5.

                          Request you to please provide us the option to add Ads to a WinJS/HTML5…

                          108 votes
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                            5 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • FM Radio in WinRT

                            In Windows Phone 8.0 GDR2 you finally introduced support for FM Radio. Sadly, said support got lost in the way of building the WinRT platform. Please add it back as it will make simpler to develop Universal Apps that targets Phones and implements the FM Radio.

                            Right now one's forced to create a WP8.0 app for phones and a WinRT app for desktop and tablets.

                            24 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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…

                              13 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  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

                                37 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Allow app migration\app transfer on Windows Store and on Windows Phone Store

                                  Allow app migration on Windows Store and on Windows Phone Store, so we can transfer apps from one account to another account.
                                  It would be very useful:
                                  - when you relocate to another country
                                  - you can sell your app to another developer (like on ios, android)

                                  This is a very important feature! Please give it to us!

                                  40 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Dev Center Profile  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Make SVG elements non focusable by default

                                    Make SVG elements non focusable by default (focusable=false) as requested by SVG spec : http://www.w3.org/TR/SVGTiny12/interact.html#focusable-attr

                                    13 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Enable custom keyboard shortcuts

                                      Enable the ability for a user to specify custom keyboard shortcuts. Allow me to make auto-correct system-wide like competitor platforms. Then roam these settings to all my Windows devices!

                                      14 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • HERE API on universal apps

                                        Hello for WIndows Phone Silverlight we have here API to use HERE MAPS. is it possible to have the same feature on windows phone universal apps?
                                        HERE for SL link below: http://developer.nokia.com/lumia/nokia-apis/mapping

                                        27 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Change input language by custom key

                                          Current key sequences for input language is Ctrl+Shift, LAlt+Shift and ` but they are not convenient.
                                          For example, I want use Caps Lock for it.
                                          Please add more flexible customization.

                                          15 votes
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