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  1. MP3/AACP (HE AAC) Shoutcast audio stream support

    Windows 8.1 supports both these audio codecs under Shoutcast streams. Windows Phone 8.1 still doesn't.

    129 votes
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      5 comments  ·  Audio/Graphics/Media playback  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Detect VPN status

      When a VPN is configured on a Windows Phone 8.1 device, non obvious badness will occur.

      Even if it is not currently active it will intercept local network traffic and prevent some apps which are supposed to operate against a home network from working (UPnP, network shares, home media sharing, etc).

      There is no way with the current SDK for a developer to detect this.

      This leaves developers with only unappealing options:

      1. Suffer with negative ratings because of broken functionality with apps that worked under 8.0 or without a VPN.
      2. Prompt all users with a warning that they…

      128 votes
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        75 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  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…

        126 votes
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          5 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • AirDrop equivalent

          This is more than an API, it's a feature for windows 8 and windows phone 8.
          An equivalent to airdrop so all those users using your platforms could send any file easily. It should work over wifi ad-hoc (wifi direct), Bluetooth Ethernet zigbee or other.
          Just imagine all all those apps on all devices could have a way to communicate with each other.
          You could use this to make the win phone office remote app connect to the laptop without the need of a wifi hotspot.

          124 votes
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          • Add a Windows API to show progress on the taskbar

            Right now we can't show progress on the taskbar for example to let a user see the current status of a download or something else. Media player buttons are possible in the taskbar but why not the progressbar?

            124 votes
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              3 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  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.

              117 votes
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                4 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Improve CameraCaptureUI on Windows 10 desktop

                The current design of the CameraCaptureUI on Windows 10 desktop/tablet renders it useless.
                In Windows 8.1 :
                - The CameraCaptureUI was shown in full screen
                - You could take a picture by clicking anywhere on the screen

                In Windows 10 :
                - The CameraCaptureUI is shown in a very small window
                - You have to click on a small button to take a photo

                How to you intend your Surface Pro users to keep the Surface steady with one hand, while taking a look at the small preview and clicking on a small button with the other hand?

                Can you…

                111 votes
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                  29 comments  ·  Camera/Video/Microphone  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Set break/trace-points in XAML x:Bind to have it set in code-gen

                  When debugging XAML apps, it should be possible to set a breakpoint or tracepoint on an x:Bind and have the debugger stop on the code-gen binding.

                  The generated bindings code is very large and not easy to follow. Further, it doesn't even exist until compilation and even then isn't visible to the user in VS.

                  The idea here is to set a breakpoint or tracepoint in XAML and have VS break on the appropriate code-gen method instead.

                  105 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • WinAppDriver - Support to Win 7 and 8

                    Current WinAppDriver supports only win 10, it would be great if we have support to Win 7 and 8

                    103 votes
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                      22 comments  ·  UI Testing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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 .

                      99 votes
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                        6 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add PowerShell to Device Portal

                        There should be a PowerShell prompt in Device Portal that lets me run extra commands.

                        98 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Windows Device Portal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow direct printing without Modern UI print dialog

                          In Windows Store apps there is no way to programmatically initiate a print job.

                          Under WPF, it is possible to initiate printing to the default printer by simply calling Print() on a properly configured PrintDocument object.

                          We have a popular photo booth app in the Windows Store. It is able to provide a fully automated photo booth experience for the user's event guests EXCEPT when it comes to printing. In order to print, the guests must leave the tailored kiosk experience and interact with the local print dialog.

                          If it were running under WPF, then it would simply print the…

                          98 votes
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                          • Add Overlay UI like Android

                            The new Notification access is awesome but is it possible to add Overlay UI and " Services " ( you will find it under accessibility settings in Android) to RS2. It will make UWP more powerful like win32 and also let dev make some powerful and useful apps like " Universal Copy " and 'Native Clipboard" . I am adding some screenshots too. You can install those Android apps yourself. Screenshot_2016-06-12-11-02-35.png http://i.imgur.com/bpHQXue.png
                            Screenshot_2016-06-12-11-02-14.png http://i.imgur.com/mJBcme2.png
                            Screenshot_2016-06-12-11-01-36.png http://i.imgur.com/dTfqzrO.png
                            Screenshot_2016-06-12-10-59-52.png http://i.imgur.com/SEmJSNe.png
                            Screenshot_2016-06-11-22-22-47.png http://i.imgur.com/WzD5NUW.png
                            Screenshot_2016-06-11-22-22-41.png http://i.imgur.com/oin3msr.png
                            Screenshot_2016-06-11-22-22-21.png http://i.imgur.com/YCyUP59.png
                            Screenshot_2016-06-11-22-22-14.png http://i.imgur.com/77WIVRf.png
                            Screenshot_2016-06-11-22-21-26.png http://i.imgur.com/vV9Ct3N.png
                            I really want the Universal Apps to grow more powerful. I hope…

                            94 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • API for manipulating the Search key inside apps to search for content (app content, settings etc)

                              Right now, if you single press the Search button inside an app (or anywhere else in the phone), Cortana is launched muted while with a double tap Cortana is launched waiting to here the user speaking. I think that a wise addition would be to create a "Universal" search platform that when enabled, a single tap on the Search button will bring up only a search bar and with that, the user would search for content inside the app (and by "content" I'm talking specifically for app content).

                              91 votes
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                                5 comments  ·  Missing APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Classic Main Menu

                                When building line-of-business-apps for enterprises, we often focus on desktop only. Today we're using WPF for these tasks. But if we want to use UWP for it, we would need a classic menu like we have it in Visual Studio and serveral other "expert applications" (=app with a lot of functionality) that require more than just a hamburger menu or some flyouts

                                88 votes
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                                  9 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Please add the RadialGradientBrush to Windows Store / Universal App XAML

                                  This brush is missing in XAML/C# though there is createRadialGradient in WinJS

                                  88 votes
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                                    11 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Expand/Enable Universal Windows Platform to Transpile to JavaScript (iOS/Droid Compatibility)

                                    Companies like CSHTML5 (http://cshtml5.com) and DuoCode (http://duoco.de) are already doing this, but it would be great to see this effort officially adopted into the Microsoft Universal Windows Platform.

                                    Using Roslyn (as DuoCode does), UWP Applications written in Xaml and C#/VB.NET get transpiled into JavaScript and rendered via HTML5 canvas. The results of which could be hosted anywhere that HTML5/JS can run, notably iOS and Droid platforms. Or even on a regular ol' website.

                                    A mechanism that operates like PhoneGap/Cordova would have to be implemented so that access to external hardware APIs can be achieved.

                                    That way,…

                                    83 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Documentation for App URI Schemes

                                      The windows phone developer site should have a place where app developers can search for URI schemes used in other windows phone apps, and get relevant documentation for them.

                                      When submitting an app the store submission process should prompt you to link to documentation for any URI schemes your app includes in the manifest file, or mark them as private URIs if you don't want to document them.

                                      This idea came from a conversation around Matt Lacey's blog post: http://mrlac.eu/1lxwDi4 where he found over 300 URI schemes from some of the top apps in the store, many of which do…

                                      82 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • SMB (Network file shares) should be supported on all device families other than just Desktop

                                        It is really sad that I cannot just grab my phone, go to file explorer and tap on a video I want to play that is on my local network. This is ridiculous.

                                        Also and perhaps more importantly developers need this! Do you know how many hoops I have to jump though to make an app that simply takes photos and puts them on a network location... Too many.

                                        With SMB support any developer could connect to a remote file share via URI (eg. \\servername\share\sub-folder) and then authenticate using remote server credentials and just like that you have enabled many…

                                        81 votes
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                                          9 comments  ·  File IO / Data Store APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • SIP Stack

                                          A business feature that would be really nice to have support for it the ability to tie into a VoIP network for voip phone calls... the most common architecture is the SIP (Session Initiation Protocol). So I would like the ability to configure a SIP client that ties into our VoIP PBX and phone system.. so my WP7 would basically become my desk phone (extension). The only way this would really work well is if it ran in the background like the phone's native phone functionality.

                                          81 votes
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                                            1 comment  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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