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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.

    7,326 votes
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      In the future, we’ll look at enabling this! It’s definitely important that third party apps can do the same as first party apps (like how the first party alarm app can break through quiet hours).

      Thanks for all the votes! If you also need this feature for your app, let us know by voting!

    • 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.

      1,042 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

      • Live tile animations or live tile from xaml

        Live tiles are great. Would prefer some way to great animated live tiles like the Xbox games or music apps.

        Also good if we have a convenient way to create live tiles from xaml. Currently need to generate a bitmap image which not works well for list, etc...

        264 votes
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          2 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Device Portal on Phone should show battery life remaining

          HoloLens has a battery life indicator in Device Portal. As another device with a battery, Windows Mobile should also have one.

          99 votes
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            on the backlog  ·  0 comments  ·  Windows Device Portal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Custom keyboard via code

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

            5,121 votes
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              63 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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.

              10,410 votes
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                427 comments  ·  Communication APIs  ·  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.

              • Deep zoom & pan / multiscale image

                I request that the MultiScaleImage library to be able to access isolated storage. There are many places where apps will not connect to a cell tower [e.g. in a general aviation (or commercial) aircraft where cell phones do not work well [it is illegal to use in any case] and also in isolated rural areas. Also, why pay data charges to view the same image over and over [aren’t music & photo libraries stored on phones?] And finally memory is very cheap. Some suggest that large images (even broken into tiles) are inappropriate for storage on a phone – that…

                133 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  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

                  521 votes
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                    on the backlog  ·  3 comments  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • WebView sub/popup/multi-window handling improvement

                    Please implement possibility for developer to handle (popup) window user flow. This is mainly useful for OAuth 3rd party authentication that is typically not under control of a developer.

                    Today there is a handler for NewWindowRequested to create new window, but there seems to be no way to handle window.close() call from javascript for example.

                    Requesting full implementation of the tools for the case, including support to handle window opening, closing (window.close), window.opener (parenthood) info, messaging (window.postMessage).

                    4 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • TextBox Property to Show/Hide Delete Button

                      Depending on the app, we do not always want to show the built-in delete buttons for a TextBox (the X on the right edge of the TextBox). I have, in multiple scenarios, had to create a ControlTemplate to avoid displaying the Delete Button. I think there should be a property (maybe something like ShowDeleteButton) that allows you to specify whether the Delete button is displayed. This property would have values Show, Hide, and Auto (or maybe a nullable Boolean).

                      7 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • PasswordBox with Number only keyboard

                        it would be helpfull to have a passwordBox like control which supports Number only keyboard. Numeric only passwords makes more sense for Smartphone world as its fast, convenient and easy to type.

                        225 votes
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                          4 comments  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add TreeView control to UWP same as in System.Windows.Controls.TreeView

                          Add TreeView control to UWP same as in System.Windows.Controls.TreeView

                          33 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  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.

                            782 votes
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                              3 comments  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Please add support for standalone application conversion in Centennial

                              Presently you can only convert installer packages in .exe or .msi. Please add functionality to convert non-installer packages or standalone applications developed as 32 bit Win apps as well.

                              82 votes
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                                5 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Implement System.ComponentModel.TypeConverter in WinRT APIs

                                TypeConverter is helpful because it allows the author of a type to provide intrinsic support for determining to/from which types a type may be converted and actually converting between types - most typically for converting to/from string but other types as well.

                                123 votes
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                                  6 comments  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 751 votes
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                                    on the backlog  ·  17 comments  ·  Data Store APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • UWP XAML MediaElement auto hide cursor on fullscreen mode

                                    When playing a video using XAML MediaElement the cursor should hide automatically after some seconds. The same way that control panel does.

                                    16 votes
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                                      on the backlog  ·  0 comments  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  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.

                                      385 votes
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                                        on the backlog  ·  1 comment  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Centennial: cmd line arguments

                                        Centennial: cmd line arguments...

                                        Appx shortcuts do not support command line arguments. This is an issue for building Centennial apps that need them.

                                        A solution is needed.

                                        4 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Thank you for your feedback. This is in our backlog and we are considering to support it in the next iteration.

                                        • could you provide a example use win32 c++ call UWP service

                                          I can convert my app (wrote by c++) successful.
                                          but I don't know how to use UWP api from win32, could you please provide an example for that

                                          4 votes
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                                            2 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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