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  1. ProcessLauncher for Desktop apps

    IoT introduced the Windows.System.ProcessLauncher for starting arbitrary programs (like Process.Start in .NET). Add this for Side-loaded or enterprise distributed apps on Desktop devices

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      6 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Interactive live tiles

      Maybe there is a way to create an API to allow us to make the live tiles really interactive (with buttons and other controls)

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        1 comment  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Can you please give us more information on exactly how you would use interactive tiles? What specifically do you, as a developer, want to be able to do with an interactive tile?

        Please give us specific examples of the interactive tile you’d like to build, so that we can understand exactly what you need!

        Thanks!
        Andrew – Windows Notifications

      • set/force geofence system to use location determination without gps

        When you set a geofence it is using gps, cellular, wifi an so on to determine the location of the device which is working good.
        But the gps as we know use significaly more battery than other ways and sometimes it would'n be neccessary to use gps (cellular position would be enough) for example if your geofence is not a critical stuff or the user choose better battery consumption.(not using gps) instead of higher accuracy (using gps).

        Please add this function if it possible.

        Thanks

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        • Update Notepad to support "LF" only files

          Now that Windows supports the Linux subsystem, Notepad.exe application should support natively the text files with "LF" (0x0A) only line separator.
          The list of improvement to Notepad is very large and hopefully more things will come, but the LF support is IMO mandatory.

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            3 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            We hear you 100%.

            If you’re on Win10, please also submit feedback via the Windows 10 Feedback tool – this way your feedback gets sent directly to the feature owners and is tracked and reviewed.

            feedback-hub:?contextid=156&feedbackid=5e62540a-5234-4518-903c-d0f05e2f8c27&form=1&src=2

          • Windows Application Driver support for UWP applications on emulators and physical devices

            Windows Application Driver support for UWP applications on emulators and physical devices to allow testing UWP applications across diffrent platforms.

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              0 comments  ·  UI Testing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Open access for XBOX Live achievements

              Give ability to create games that have access for xbox live achievements. It doesn't have to be full access. Still only partners can have a "Xbox live" mark on their game icon, but having a one place for achievements, leader boards and friends would be great (WP7 Live?)

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                4 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Let an app know if it's pinned

                At the moment there's no way for an app to know if its primary live tile is visible or not. As half the point of my app is the information on the live tile, I'd like to have a polite reminder show every so often if they haven't pinned it, but I simply don't know whether they have or not.

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                  3 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                    1 comment  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Screenshots - all resolutions and languages at once

                    Now on Windows Phone 8 when we have 3 resolutions taking screenshots may take a lot of time. You have to run one emulator, take screenshots, close it and run another and so on. We can scale wxga to wvga(it still requires some work), because they have the same ratio, but we can't do this with 720p. Emulators are even slower than the WP7.1 ones, so the process is really long.
                    Consider also option where you have application in several languages. You have to take screenshots in one language, change it to another, wait until emulator reloads and so on.…

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                      4 comments  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • SSL/TLS support for StreamSocketListener

                      It's impossible with a Universal App to accept SSL connections for TCP streams. This makes authenticating remote connections impossible. I'm running an extremely basic web server from my app to allow people to remotely control the app over wifi from a browser. This is possible through the StreamSocketListener but I can't encrypt it.

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                        2 comments  ·  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.

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                          working on it  ·  2 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • UWP framework for Geolocation and Marker based Augmented Reality applications (in replacement of GART and SLART toolkits)

                          Please make developing Augmented Reality (Geo and Marker) apps for all UW Platforms easy and UNIVERSAL with a good framework. Improved and reliable Geolocation support is also a must have.

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                            1 comment  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 日本語版で、さして意味のない縦書きUIは止めてほしい

                            日本語版のWindows Phoneでは、ロックスクリーンをはじめとして、Poeple Hubの発言者表示やMusic&Video Hubのメニューなど随所に縦書きUIが織り込まれています。

                            一概に縦書きを否定するつもりはないのですが(ロックスクリーンやカレンダーなどは確かにそこそこかっこいいとは思います)、People Hubなどはタイムラインに無駄な余白が入りまくる、英語名の発言者の名前が非常に読み難い上に半分ぐらいで切れてしまって誰だかわからないなど、機能を阻害している部分があるように感じられますし、デザイン上もMusic Hubのように日本人が見ても明らかに不自然かつガイジン臭いカッコ悪さが気になります。
                            また、アプリケーションから縦書きメニューなどが簡単に使用できるわけでもありません。本当に使い勝手が良いのならばアプリからも容易に使用できるよう環境が整えられていてしかるべきです。それがなされない、ということは、ようするにデザイン上に小手先勝負で奇をてらっているだけといわれてもしょうがないのではないでしょうか?

                            とにかく、正直WP7.5での縦書き表示はWindows Phone本来のcoolさを少なからず損なっていると感じられるので、次期バージョンではデザイン全体の再検討を含めて再考いただきたいと思います。

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                            • 17 votes
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                              • Remove the restricted file types for file association.

                                The most important file types are being restricted from being opened by any application aka devs can not register to use .mp3, .txt, .etc. Without this functionality how can we make apps that allow users to do anything useful with their files.

                                For example: I want to open a .mp3 in an audio remixer or a video in an app to upload videos. And I want to do this from within another app (skydrive) or from an email attachment or web browser. Right now it just opens up in xbox music. i can play the file and then its gone.

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                                  4 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Enable removing language code from the Dev Center "language history"

                                  Please enable removing language code from the Dev Center "language history"

                                  For example if you ever selected "ru" and "ru-ru" laguages and you published this xap to the Store then it causes Tile localization to show the en-us(default) tile localization which is bad.

                                  Note: in your .csproj file, there is a SupportedCultures entry like this:
                                  <SupportedCultures>de-DE;ru;ru-RU
                                  </SupportedCultures>

                                  When I removed the "ru" language code and published my new xap version, the old xap version still remains in the Store with "Replaced and unpublished". Wich means the new version not fully replaced the old version and this causes me very serious…

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                                    6 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Trial feature should be built-in.

                                    The trial feature should be built-in with automatic enforcement, user prompting, disabling, etc, just as it is in the Windows Store.

                                    In the Windows store, I can choose trial mode for my app, and then pick the number of days I want the trial to last. From there, everything is taken care of for me. If the user uninstalls during a trial, it tracks this fact and prevents them from starting a new trial later.

                                    Contrast this with the Windows Phone world, where the developer indicates trial mode in the store, but has to manually track the number of days…

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                                      0 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Enhance Microsoft.Phone.Scheduler Alarm and Reminder classes

                                      The Alarm and Reminder classes in Microsoft.Phone.Scheduler are very limiting and do not allow for any customization. Ideally these classes would be extended to accept a UserControl object that would be shown instead of the standard Title. The UserControl should run in the context of the application that created the Alarm or Reminder, and as such would have access to the appropriate view models. From there the application could be fully launched if desired.

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                                        2 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Support integrated logon in WebDriver for UI testing

                                        I currently use the CodedUI testing framework as it allows me to logon to IE as a different user/password. The sites that we test use Windows Authentication and ASP.NET Impersonation as they run on an intranet. We do not use "Basic" authentication so cannot pass credentials on the url.

                                        I would prefer to use the WebDriver/Selenium approach but it does not support our logon scenario.

                                        We frequently need to automate tests that run as different test users so that we can test workflow etc. This means that we are forces to use the CodedUI framework.

                                        Can Windows logon capability be…

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                                          1 comment  ·  UI Testing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Support appium app & device actions to support end-to-end lifecycle testing

                                          POST /session/:sessionId/appium/device/shake
                                          POST /session/:sessionId/appium/device/lock
                                          POST /session/:sessionId/appium/device/install_app
                                          POST /session/:sessionId/appium/device/remove_app
                                          POST /session/:sessionId/appium/device/app_installed
                                          POST /session/:sessionId/appium/app/launch
                                          POST /session/:sessionId/appium/app/close
                                          POST /session/:sessionId/appium/app/reset
                                          POST /session/:sessionId/appium/app/background

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