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  1. 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.

    108 votes
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      4 comments  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  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.

      4,218 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.

      • 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…

        115 votes
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          5 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.

          90 votes
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            on the backlog  ·  1 comment  ·  Windows Device Portal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Desktops cpu/GPU and other temperature on device portal

            Should show temperature data on device portal.

            28 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Windows Device Portal  ·  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

              699 votes
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                43 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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 →
                • 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).

                  5 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • DataGrid Control for WinRT

                    Some business applications require this type of control!!!
                    Windows Store Apps for the line-of-business (LOB) apps need help.

                    11 votes
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                      2 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

                      46 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • "Bluetooth smart 4.2"

                        The Bluetooth Smart version 4.2 specifications were officially adopted in December 2014 (ttps://www.bluetooth.org/en-us/specification/adopted-specifications) however according this document ( https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/dn133849(v=vs.85).aspx) no version of windows supports it. If Microsoft really wants to get into the IOT, they should really support version 4.2 with IPv6 communication over Bluetooth

                        6 votes
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                        • 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 …

                          191 votes
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                            17 comments  ·  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.

                            277 votes
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                              3 comments  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  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

                              • make it possible to declare an OnClick event for live tiles

                                Make it possible to optionally declare a function OnClick() for live tiles, such that this code is executed when the live tiles is presed without leaving the home screen. Think about WiFi toggles, music controls, unmute/ mute etc.

                                5 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  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…

                                  29 votes
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                                    2 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

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                                    Andrew – Windows Notifications

                                  • Include more info in UserNotificationChangedTrigger

                                    Add a UserNotificationChangedTriggerDetails to UserNotificationChangedTrigger background task with at least:
                                    1. Notification ID
                                    2. Event type (Added, Changed, Removed, etc...)

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                                      Hey! We’re aware that right now, there’s no out-of-the-box way to determine the changes that occurred with UserNotificationListener.

                                      The correct solution is for us to build a ChangeTracker, similar to the ContactChangeTracker, FileChangeTracker, etc, since you cannot trust that the background task is actually handled. A ChangeTracker ensures 100% reliability.

                                      We would like to build a change tracker for UserNotificationListener, but are not sure when we will build this. In the meantime, you can easily determine the delta of changes yourself, and we have sample code on the documentation illustrating how to do this (under the “Determining which notifications were added and removed” section) https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/tiles_and_toasts/2016/05/26/notification-listener-documentation-windows-10/

                                      Thanks!
                                      Andrew – Windows Notifications

                                    • active installations Vs total downloads

                                      It would be good to know not only the number of downloads but also how many are active still.
                                      If you have seen the google store they show active installations more prominently than total download count - and that actually makes sense considering the amount of trash apps going around in all the phone o/s .

                                      96 votes
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                                        6 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • download and upload multiple files

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

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

                                          231 votes
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                                            10 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.

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