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  1. Decouple Appium service from app process

    Today if I want to relaunch the app, it requires killing & restarting WinAppDriver which implicitly launches the target - not only is this at odds with Appium but it creates an uncomfortable dependency between the test code and execution environment that isn't desirable in CI and other "real-world" test situations.

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      working on it  ·  1 comment  ·  UI Testing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Desktop to UWP Project doesn't install dependent package dependencies (e.g. CRT)

      When deploying a solution involving the Desktop to UWP Project, package dependencies listed in the AppxManifest (such as Microsoft.VCLibs.140.00.Debug) aren't deployed (as is the case with normal UWP projects).

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

        The VC redist packages have just been made available for the Desktop Bridge. You can find more information here:

        https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/vcblog/2016/07/07/using-visual-c-runtime-in-centennial-project/

        We are planning to update the DesktopAppConverter to handle this scenario. Until then, you’ll need to have your setup program install the redist packages as part of your setup.

        Hope this helps,
        Adam Braden [MSFT]

      • Preinstalling directx and visual studio redists

        Some old apps needs tspecific versions of directx/vcredist . Are you planning to add support for installing those standard prerequisites?
        If not, what's the best way to handle this situation in UWP.

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

          We are planning support for the VC Redist packages. We will publish an update to the DesktopAppConverter soon, in the mean time you can find the latest versions of the vc redists here:

          https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/vcblog/2016/07/07/using-visual-c-runtime-in-centennial-project/

          As for additional redist packages, your setup program will need to install them. If that is not possible, you could create a batch file that first installs any required redist packages and then the main program.

          Hope this helps,
          Adam Braden [MSFT]

        • Exclude suspending in desktop

          Some apps can work intensively in background, for example it maybe video converting, online financial data processing and more.
          Now UWP application will suspended when it go offscreen.

          I offer to disable suspending in desktop/tablets for user selection (he can choose 'best performance' or 'power saving' options for example)

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            14 comments  ·  Background Processing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • F# support in .Net native for UWP

            There has been some discussion on the blog post http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dotnet/archive/2015/07/30/universal-windows-apps-in-net.aspx?PageIndex=2#comments for supporting F# in the .Net native toolchain for UWP. I had posted this on the VS uservoice site https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/7542181-add-f-support-for-net-native but it looks like that was the wrong place to do that. I hope the votes that request got will be considered for this. A lot of people are moving to F# PCLs for library code and to be able to use those PCLs in the UWP and get native compilation via .Net native tools would be great.

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              76 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              F# team just posted an update on their GitHub. https://github.com/Microsoft/visualfsharp/issues/1096

              This is still a work in progress. One key thing from that post is some of these features and fixes have already been underway for months. While we’ve been investigating F#-specific issues in .NET Native, the team has continued to improve .NET Native. One feature known as “universal shared generics” is likely to have improved .NET Native’s support for F#, even without that being an explicit goal of the feature.

            • The Centennial appx does not pass Windows App Certification Kit!

              Mainly, because of errors like those:
              ...
              API GetOpenFileNameA in comdlg32.dll is not supported for this application type. COBATA(X)HTMLConstructor1.0Free.exe calls this API.
              ◦API GetOpenFileNameW in comdlg32.dll is not supported for this application type. COBATA(X)HTMLConstructor1.0Free.exe calls this API.
              ...

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                4 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Allow users with the developer role to create app packages in Visual Studio

                It's great that the Dev Center now allows multiple users to access the same account, and I can submit app packages as a user with the developer role: https://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/apps/mt489008.aspx.

                However, it would be even better if it allowed users with the developer role to create app packages in Visual Studio. At the moment, it is impractical for me as a developer to keep asking my boss for his Microsoft account just to create app packages.

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                  working on it  ·  7 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • GATT Server API

                  Provide a GATT Server funtionality over BLE connection (just like Android >= 4.3) so that devices that work as GATT client can be used with WindowsPhone. For now WindowsPhone 8.1 only provides GATT client.

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                    Kiran works on the team.

                    We published this video for //Build2016 this year – https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2016/P460

                    In it, Kiran talk about how we plan to make unpaired BLE interaction available later this year. GATT Server APIs will be available to developers in that update so please stay tuned! I’ll reply back on this thread when it’s ready but suffice to say we’re hard at working making this happen. Thanks again for your support!

                  • Enable Manipulation Events for WebView.

                    Since WebView lacks support for Manipulation Events, it acts as a huge gesture eater which doesn't let its parent controls like ScrollViewer, FlipView to take control of gesture like scroll, swipe etc.
                    It becomes impossible to use a WebView along with other XAML Elements in the same view.
                    Manipulation events can help a lot in these situations.

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                      0 comments  ·  Web Browser Control APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Microsoft Store Engagement and Monetization SDK doesn't open Feedback reliably

                      When using the App Feedback feature of the SDK, the tooling opens the Feedback window but it doesn't reliably drill down into the app area. This may result in feedback being submitted to Microsoft incorrectly.

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                        working on it  ·  4 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Desktop to UWP Packaging Project turns into a C# Project when opened directly or unloaded/reloaded

                        0. Download repro files
                        https://1drv.ms/u/s!AnjdAnZZcu-Gos5d_f6x3g505SCAbA

                        1. Open ConsoleApplication1\ConsoleApplication1.sln
                        2. Right-click, unload DesktopToUWPProject1
                        3. Right-click, reload DesktopToUWPProject1
                        4. Note project type has changed

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                        0. Start fresh with same files above
                        1. Open DesktopToUWPProject1\DesktopToUWPProject1.vsdproj directly in Visual Studio "15"
                        2. Note project type is not correct

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                          0 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • DesktopAppConverter -Setup fails on Telemetry.dll

                          Following the instructions on this page:
                          https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/uwp/porting/desktop-to-uwp-run-desktop-app-converter

                          For Desktop App Converter 0.1.22 on Windows 10 x64 build 14385 fails as shown:

                          PS C:\users\admin\desktop\DesktopAppConverter2> .\DesktopAppConverter.ps1 -Setup -BaseImage C:\Users\Admin\Desktop\14383.wim -Verbose
                          C:\users\admin\desktop\DesktopAppConverter2\DesktopAppConverter.ps1 : Exception calling "LoadFrom" with
                          argument(s): "Could not load file or assembly
                          'file:///C:\users\admin\desktop\DesktopAppConverter2\telemetry\Microsoft.DesktopAppConverter.Telemetry.d
                          its dependencies. Operation is not supported. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80131515)"
                          At line:1 char:1
                          + .\DesktopAppConverter.ps1 -Setup -BaseImage C:\Users\Admin\Desktop\14 ...
                          + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                          + CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) [Write-Error], WriteErrorException
                          + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.WriteErrorException,DesktopAppConverter.ps1

                          - - - - - - - - - - - - -
                          These instructions do not include the PreInstall kit provided with the previous version.…

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                            1 comment  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • PathTooLongException while Cenntennial-Script pares the Result

                            Hi,
                            After running a ClickeOnce Installation in Centennial using a custom installer, I got the following Error:
                            Move-Item : The specified path, file name, or both are too long. The fully qualified file name must be less than 260 characters, and
                            the directory name must be less than 248 characters.
                            At C:\Temp\DesktopAppConverter\DesktopAppConverter\converter_util\VfsOps.ps1:36 char:9
                            + Move-Item -Path $file.FullName -Destination $fileWithBackupMe ...
                            + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                            + CategoryInfo : WriteError: (C:\DesktopAppCo...esources.cdf-ms:FileInfo) [Move-Item], PathTooLongException
                            + FullyQualifiedErrorId : MoveFileInfoItemIOError,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.MoveItemCommand

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                              5 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Implement HttpListener Class

                              Please implement the HttpListener class so that we can run REST based controls (similar to Xbox Smartglass) for our own apps?

                              10 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Quick Link to show all Publisher apps

                                Provide a single link to retrieve all the applications by a specific Publisher like the Android Market.

                                This just helps make advertising easier, without listing individual apps.

                                38 votes
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                                  working on it  ·  2 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Need more info for stack trace

                                  Now with Win10 Dashboard the stack trace only provide a snippet of the error which is included in the error lines. However with the new dashboard this is the only information that is provided on the dashboard. It's not enough for devs :(

                                  142 votes
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                                    8 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Can you include in this user voice entry the specific details of what is missing? we are working on improving these reports, and the more specific information we have about issues the more we will be able to add.

                                  • iBeacons support and BLE scanning - Windows Phone

                                    Hello Microsoft,

                                    Please provide APIs and support of iBeacons technology and also BLE scanning without pairing just like using "Advertising Package", so that we can exchange data to or from target device.

                                    13 votes
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                                    • Windows Desktop software in the Store

                                      Currently only Store apps can be submitted to the Store. Please allow me to submit existing Windows Desktop software to the Store.

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                                        3 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        working on it  ·  Peyman ZanjaniPeyman Zanjani responded

                                        Similar to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update SDK Preview, the Desktop Bridge is a pre-release and cannot be used in a production environment. We’ll share more in the coming months about how to get apps built with the Desktop Bridge into the Windows Store.

                                      • Fix Map control so that it is possible to databind/add multiple objects in Universal apps with reasonable performance

                                        When you add items to the map and then pan the map the items aren't following the map but are lagging behind.

                                        If you add more than a few, like 25+ the performance is so bad that you have to wait for a few seconds after you stop to be sure that the pins/controls are in the right position.

                                        This is only happening in Universal apps if we make a Silverlight app the pins are following the map like they should even if more than a few hundred items are added.

                                        There are lot's of posts about this around the…

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                                          working on it  ·  0 comments  ·  Maps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • FullTrustProcessLauncher - <desktop:Extensions> give Error C00CE014

                                          Visual StudioEnterprise 2015 Update 2
                                          Universal Windows
                                          Target: Windows 10 Insider Preview (10.0; Build 14332)

                                          I modified the Package.appmanifest like shown in msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/mt711589.aspx. Basically just copied the lines from the page into it.

                                          At compilation:
                                          In Package.appxmanifest the line <desktop:Extensions> and <rescap:Capability...> gives warnings.
                                          In AppxManifest.xml <desktop:Extensions> produces this Validation error.

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                                            working on it  ·  4 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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