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  1. Allow alarms to break through Quiet Hours

    Hello.
    My alarm app which uses alarm-scenario toasts cannot break through Quiet Hours.

    I received plenty, I mean really plenty feedback from users desperately wanting alarms to break through Quiet Hours.

    4,477 votes
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      We just enabled this in the next Insider fast-ring flight of the Creators Update, build 14971! All third-party alarm apps (toasts using scenario=“alarm”) will break through quiet hours now, just like the first-party alarm app!

      Thank you everyone for letting us know that this feature was important to you!

    • SMS Access API

      Please provide an API that provides access to the texts to allow developers to implement an application to enable scenarios such as reading or archiving SMS messages.

      4,218 votes
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        432 comments  ·  Device - Phone / Mobile  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Currently, the platform provides a number of SMS Access from a system eventing perspective (as of Windows Phone 8.1), and Windows Phone supports sms backup/restore for consumers as part of the base OS (Settings → Backup). What we don’t provide is a backup API.

        Using SMS events: Check out the Build 2014 session (http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2014/2-518) or MSDN docs on background tasks (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsphone/develop/hh977056.aspx)

        Although the capabilities are there from a consumer perspective (the core ask for the suggestion), I’m marking this as ‘Under Review’ for the API perspective. The team is aware of the ask and it is something that is being considered.

      • Custom keyboard via code

        Allow to developers create a custom keyboard. eg. choose letters and numbers together

        1,841 votes
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          66 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • APIs for FM Radio

          Allow developers access to all native FM radio features, including RDS decoding process.
          Without access to these features like the data coming from the RDS decoding process, a fully functional third party FM radio application is completely unavailable to Windows Phone.

          Also, allow access for developers to the native FM Radio application's favorites list,
          so that a third party application can (1) either edit this list or (2) even save a backup out of it (e.g. to be sent to Onedrive) and again restore it back into the native application.
          By editing the stored favorite FM radio stations, one developer's…

          983 votes
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            246 comments  ·  Missing APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            We’re wondering what spurred the interest in this request. It went from zero interest to a lot in one week which is puzzling. Can someone tell us where the interest came from?

            Playing audio [FM radio] out of a speaker isn’t what this is asking for which a lot of the new requests are asking for. Those, while important, are not a developer ask. For those, please go to Windows Feedback built into Windows 10. FM radio also has to be supported on the device which not all devices have this ability.

          • Add Iran to Devs Account Registration

            Please , Add Iran to your supported countries list in Developer Account Registration.
            We'll develop great apps for Windows Store.

            968 votes
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              255 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • API to control screen brightness

              I would like to develop a bedside alarm clock app where the user can control the brightness by touch - so the app can run with the screen off unless the user is touching the screen, or the user can pinch to make the display lighter or darker. All I am able to control at the moment is the contrast of the display (by playing with the colours and alpha levels of the rendered graphics).

              825 votes
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                29 comments  ·  Missing APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • F# support in .Net native for UWP

                There has been some discussion on the blog post http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dotnet/archive/2015/07/30/universal-windows-apps-in-net.aspx?PageIndex=2#comments for supporting F# in the .Net native toolchain for UWP. I had posted this on the VS uservoice site https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/7542181-add-f-support-for-net-native but it looks like that was the wrong place to do that. I hope the votes that request got will be considered for this. A lot of people are moving to F# PCLs for library code and to be able to use those PCLs in the UWP and get native compilation via .Net native tools would be great.

                779 votes
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                  78 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  F# team just posted an update on their GitHub. https://github.com/Microsoft/visualfsharp/issues/1096

                  This is still a work in progress. One key thing from that post is some of these features and fixes have already been underway for months. While we’ve been investigating F#-specific issues in .NET Native, the team has continued to improve .NET Native. One feature known as “universal shared generics” is likely to have improved .NET Native’s support for F#, even without that being an explicit goal of the feature.

                • Show a paid app w/ a "trial" option in the "free apps" category

                  When I create a paid app with a trial option, many users blow right by it because it doesn't show up in the "free" category even though a light version of the app is free (via the trial).

                  Some people are resorting to the super-inefficient Apple app store method of releasing 2 versions of the app... one that shows up in the "free" category and another that runs as a paid app. The "trial" is a fantastic concept, but it is hobbled by this oversight

                  699 votes
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                    43 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  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!

                    656 votes
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                      21 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • GATT Server API

                      Provide a GATT Server funtionality over BLE connection (just like Android >= 4.3) so that devices that work as GATT client can be used with WindowsPhone. For now WindowsPhone 8.1 only provides GATT client.

                      595 votes
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                        The Bluetooth team is hard at work adding GATT Server APIs to Windows and we expect GATT Server should be in the Windows Insider Preview builds and SDK later this year. When APIs get added in to the OS and SDK, any developer can start updating their app. Once the next release of Windows is available, any app that want to use these new features will be able submit an update to the Store.

                      • API for Direct phone interaction [dialing, sending/answering, replying/recording, playing to, hooking up/filtering Phone call]

                        Without these APIs, PC and Phone are losing features event had existed in pre-internet age and becoming backward.

                        When a feature is useful and eases user's pain of doing monotone taping, the security excuse seems a red herring; you can always find a way to do it and there were/are devices could/can do it, why not the Windows Phone, because Apple doesn’t do it?

                        553 votes
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                          19 comments  ·  Device - Phone / Mobile  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • UWP SQL Server API

                          Please support a native connection to Sql Server over IP:PORT

                          525 votes
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                            39 comments  ·  Enterprise APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • XAML for live tiles

                            Allow developers to implement an interface(s) on a user control and "submit" that instead of just filling in a tile data structure. This will make tiles truly "live" and open up the live of WP7 to new applications. This is also completely secure because the runtime can analyze the class (and it's IL) being submitted. A bevy of restrictions can also be heaped on the said user control in order to maintain performance and not sap battery life. Let Live tiles be live, please.

                            441 votes
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                              12 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              It’s great to see that XAML for Live Tiles is so highly requested!

                              In Windows 10, we created Adaptive Tile Notifications, which partially addresses this issue. Adaptive is a lightweight XML way to define your tile notification’s appearance. It isn’t as powerful as XAML, and it isn’t animated, but it’s a step in the right direction. The MSN Weather app uses Adaptive to create their rich and beautiful live tile.

                              Learn more about Adaptive here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/tiles_and_toasts/archive/2015/06/30/adaptive-tile-templates-schema-and-documentation.aspx

                              In the future, we’ll definitely look at how we can make Live Tiles even better, potentially by supporting XAML. There are performance and other implementation issues, but we definitely understand the need for it.

                              Thanks!
                              Andrew – Windows Notifications

                            • Add a GrantAccountAccessTask for obtaining temporary access to social media accounts

                              Social networking APIs, like Facebook, are constantly adding new features. Proving access to the authentication directly (even if it were temporary) would allow applications to use the most up-to-date social networking SDK to provide better features for their users.

                              A "GrantAccountAccessTask" could, for example, ask the user for temporary access (including what permissions are needed). If the user did not have an account configured for that provider, they could be given the chance to create one (or simply redirected to the social network providers website).

                              355 votes
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                                12 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

                                353 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Throttle emulator to hardware specs of phone CPU + GPU

                                  Create an option to simulate hardware specs like CPU+GPU.
                                  Dual-core, quad-core, 1.2GHz, 1.5GHz, 2.2GHz, ...
                                  The emulator is very very fast when I'm using it on my i7 4770. It would be good if we can at least optionally reduce the speed of the emulator to better reproduce real world devices.

                                  346 votes
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                                    4 comments  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  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…

                                    315 votes
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                                      10 comments  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Thanks for the continued feedback in this area. We’re exploring ways to enable this easier in the platform than existing alternatives. SVG has a lot of facets to it and we want to ensure we are hitting the right scenarios without sacrificing platform integrity and performance.

                                    • 313 votes
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                                        17 comments  ·  File IO / Data Store APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • 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…

                                        306 votes
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                                          52 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!

                                          295 votes
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