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  1. winappdriver: add logging options

    I'd like to see support for having winappdriver log to a local file, as well as support for setting log levels.

    16 votes
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      1 comment  ·  UI Testing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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

      708 votes
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        44 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Enable WinAppDriver for Xbox and Mobile

        Right now WinAppDriver only works on desktop.

        Getting these capabilities across the Windows ecosystem would fulfill the promise of a unified Windows. Making it possible for us to write tests, and code once and have it being tested in an autonomous way. So that in theory, our applications could report and find bugs for us.

        Before our users find them.

        Thanks in advance. Looking forward to the progress you're doing :D

        47 votes
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          on the backlog  ·  2 comments  ·  UI Testing  ·  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.

          478 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

          • Using x:Bind or Binding in a Setter Value property of a VisualState

            Using x:Bind or Binding in a Setter Value property of a VisualState will not be executed at the start of the view, you have to change the state of the and then go back before the bindings are used resulting in initial views being broken.

            For code sample see: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/43880567/uwp-bindings-in-visualstate-setters

            3 votes
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              on the backlog  ·  0 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  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.

              286 votes
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                3 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • UI Access support for Centennial Converter

                We have a uwp in the store and a desktop companion app. Currently to install our software (and have it function) both programs are needed. Merging them into a single installer would benefit our users greatly. It seems in order to do that we need to either pull out of the store or convert our desktop app to a uwp and merge the two installers. The issue we run into is that our desktop app uses ui access. Is ui access support on the list of upcoming features? Having a good informed answer to this question will help tremendously in helping us understand how…

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                  5 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  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.

                  4,238 votes
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                    436 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.

                  • WinAppDriver: Ability to run application with arguments

                    It would be great to have an ability to run application with arguments using WinAppDriver. For example, run installer from MSI package:
                    dc.SetCapability("app", @"C:\windows\system32\msiexec.exe");
                    dc.SetCapability("args", @"/i C:\installer.msi");

                    Currently it is possible to do it using Winium, but not possible to do using WinAppDriver.

                    17 votes
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                      on the backlog  ·  0 comments  ·  UI Testing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Inputscope in toast <input> element

                      Allow us to define InputScope for <input> elements with type='text'. Specifically, I would like to set it to Numbers.

                      6 votes
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                      • Allow Developers to 'roll back' to a previous update without re-certification

                        Occasionally an update to an app gets past developer & certification testing and is released into the wild. Even if the bug is an easy fix for the developer it will take the certification team the standard 4+ days to certify the new build and publish it.

                        Instead of this we should be allowed to roll back to a previously published version without going through certification. That way the users will be back on a stable release (or will not be prompted for an update if they were still on the previous release) and the developer will not feel rushed…

                        243 votes
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                          11 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Thanks folks for the suggestion and the on-going commentary. We’re marking this as ‘under review’ to acknowledge that the team is aware of this request. This is a very complicated/hard item for implementation, and there is a general feel that the new accelerated certification process alleviates much of the need (as an update can be published, for most folks, in less than an hour – rather than in 4 days).

                          That being said, continue to weigh in on the comments section.

                        • 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.

                          9 votes
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                            on the backlog  ·  0 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Desktops cpu/GPU and other temperature on device portal

                            Should show temperature data on device portal.

                            42 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Windows Device Portal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Let me see network traffic in Device Portal

                              I can use Fiddler on my desktop to view my network traffic. I want to do the same thing for my other Windows devices to help debug my apps.

                              46 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Windows Device Portal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Vector Tiles, App List icons, and App Bar icons

                                It would be nice to see Windows Phone move to optional vector based icons instead of static bitmaps.

                                This would allow the application bar (or appbar) to resize if say HD screens were added.

                                Ideally, users would only need 2 icons for the marketplace: 'Tile' (contains the application name), and 'List' (just the icon for the app list). Appbars could be created at 48x48 and resized as needed.

                                I know this is a pain on developers that are not designers or have designers, but an option would be nice time saver for the future. Currently I know of developers creating…

                                36 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Thanks for this suggestion! We totally understand that there’s a ton of icons at various sizes that you have to create when building a new app. In the future, we will look at how we can improve this experience (vector images would likely be the solution).

                                  In the meantime, here’s two great resources that help generate all the various scale factor images…

                                  - Photoshop actions (for full control): http://blogs.msdn.com/b/madenwal/archive/2015/11/24/photoshop-templates-amp-actions-for-generating-image-assets-for-windows-10-uwp-applications.aspx - Visual Studio extension (fastest option): https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/09611e90-f3e8-44b7-9c83-18dba8275bb2?SRC=VSIDE

                                  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…

                                  126 votes
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                                    5 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Allow to pass runtime arguments to Windows.ApplicationModel.FullTrustProcessLauncher.LaunchFullTrustProcessForCurrentAppAsync()

                                    Allow us to use runtime arguments for Windows.ApplicationModel.FullTrustProcessLauncher.LaunchFullTrustProcessForCurrentAppAsync() in addition to the parameters declared in the manifest

                                    2 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add an option to 'Create dump file' of running process

                                      Currently there is no way to attach debugger to already running process via 'Attach to process' on mobile. And sometimes bad bugs, like deadlocks, happens. And its real pain to investigate them, since usually they happen without debugger and on release builds. Windows 10 Mobile is like back box you can't get full access to.

                                      In addition to existing functionality which allows to collect dump when app crashes, it would be nice to have an option to collect dump of running process on Windows 10 Mobile any time you want via device portal.

                                      Thanks.

                                      15 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Windows Device Portal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Great idea, makes sense. We’re looking at enabling live dump collection of processes that belong to sideloaded apps, so that you can collect information about app state if it hangs. If that’s insufficient, please let us know. Thanks for your input!

                                      • Folder upload, creation, and download

                                        I need to select multiple files to be downloaded/uploaded one time
                                        not one by one each time

                                        I also want to create folders to store things in.

                                        24 votes
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                                          3 comments  ·  Windows Device Portal  ·  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.

                                          118 votes
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                                            4 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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