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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.

    8,853 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!

    • 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

      1,745 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

        5,164 votes
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          65 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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.

          1,070 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 TreeView control to UWP same as in System.Windows.Controls.TreeView

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

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

              161 votes
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                on the backlog  ·  1 comment  ·  Windows Device Portal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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 …

                485 votes
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                  14 comments  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add a SavePng extension to WriteableBitmap (similar to SaveJpeg)

                  When you create a tile dynamically, it is common to want to save it as a Png file so that it uses transparency (so that it respects the theme accent color).
                  However, there is no built in method to save a WriteableBitmap as a png.
                  There is however a nice extension to save it to jpg, but that doesn't help if you want to use transparency to leverage the theme accent color in your tile.

                  I think many apps that need to generate a tile dynamically will encounter this issue.

                  330 votes
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                    5 comments  ·  Audio/Graphics/Media playback  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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...

                    268 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  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.

                      4 votes
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                      • 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.

                        404 votes
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                          on the backlog  ·  1 comment  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 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

                          7 votes
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                            3 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Desktops cpu/GPU and other temperature on device portal

                            Should show temperature data on device portal.

                            33 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Windows Device Portal  ·  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

                              540 votes
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                                on the backlog  ·  3 comments  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Splash screen for UWP apps should be optional

                                Currently you have to provide a Splash Screen to get your app to pass the certification kit, which should really be a developer's choice like before.

                                Splash screens are evil.

                                http://vgable.com/blog/2010/01/13/splash-screens-are-evil/

                                http://cyrilmottier.com/2012/05/03/splash-screens-are-evil-dont-use-them/

                                https://medium.com/@DevAhamed/splash-screens-4afa874ed70 (Its not Branding, Its Annoying)

                                You don't have to agree with me and all the links above, but at least make it optional.

                                420 votes
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                                  9 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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 →
                                  • winappdriver: Support TouchAction Commands

                                    The JSON Wire protocol has support for sending touch commands with fixed coordinates, will it be possible to add support for them?

                                    http://appium.github.io/java-client/io/appium/java_client/TouchAction.html

                                    30 votes
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                                      on the backlog  ·  1 comment  ·  UI Testing  ·  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…

                                      60 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

                                        Thanks!
                                        Andrew – Windows Notifications

                                      • 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.

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

                                          785 votes
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