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  1. DataGrid Control for WinRT

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

    12 votes
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      on the backlog  ·  5 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.

      196 votes
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        16 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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 …

        257 votes
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          19 comments  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  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.

          40 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Windows Device Portal  ·  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.

            463 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

            • 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.

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

                18 votes
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                  on the backlog  ·  1 comment  ·  UI Testing  ·  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

                  203 votes
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                    on the backlog  ·  4 comments  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Custom keyboard via code

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

                    1,855 votes
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                      66 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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

                      52 votes
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                        3 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.

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

                          359 votes
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                            12 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  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

                            707 votes
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                              44 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  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 →
                              • 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…

                                34 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

                                • Console application model in UWP platform

                                  UWP platform lack classic console application model.
                                  Why it's important? First example when it would be useful are unit tests that can be started on build server, powershell script or some other automatic tool. Console app model is a natural way to handle things in many use cases. What is most important, these console UWP apps would be built for and run on UWP platform and so it would be a perfect for testing or automation purposes if UWP platform is exactly needed. For mobile devices it would be perfect to use "remote console" feature, so desktop development environment would…

                                  2 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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…

                                    237 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.

                                    • Add an ExpirationTime property to the ScheduledToastNotification

                                      The ToastNotification object has a convenient ExpirationTime property that automatically dismisses it after a given period. Unfortunately, the ScheduledToastNotification, which is just a ToastNotofcation but "scheduled", lacks this helping feature. This makes me, as a developer, scracth my head and write a lot of code including background tasks just so I circumvent this problem and not have the users of my app get crowded with not-so-relevant-anymore notifications in their action center.
                                      Thank you.

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                                      • 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.

                                        9 votes
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                                          on the backlog  ·  0 comments  ·  UI Testing  ·  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.

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