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  1. UWP SQL Server API

    Please support a native connection to Sql Server over IP:PORT

    316 votes
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      6 comments  ·  Enterprise  ·  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.

      295 votes
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        working on it  ·  6 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Ability to run and use an emulator image in as a remote VM

        A developer should be able to run an emulator instance outside of the developer's environment, and be able to connect/deploy/debug into that remote VM.

        Potential scenarios:
        - Developer doesn't have SLAT on their machine and wants to run the VM on a SLAT capable machine/server
        - Developer is running their dev environment in a virtual environment (e.g., local Hyper-V, remote Hyper-V, Parallels) and wants to run the emulator in another child VM on the same physical host they are running on (since she can't run a VM inside of a VM)
        - The ability to run a dev environment fully…

        278 votes
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          19 comments  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Debug over Wifi

          When you unplug a WP device from your computer while debugging, you get an error message that the device on an IP address and port is no longer responding. If the debugger connects to the phone via IP, then why not allow for debugging over the local network? That way, someone can develop for Windows Phone in a Hyper-V VM, and still debug on a physical phone, just without plugging it in. There ought to be a way to build a Debug Agent app that can broadcast itself to the network so Visual Studio knows where to look.

          250 votes
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            6 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Using SmartPhone Screen as mousepad & virtual Controller for XBOX/PS

            From past few day I am working on an innovative idea.
            The idea is:-
            Why not use your smartphone as a xbox, ps controller. Why not use it as a mouse.

            controller:
            If you donot have joystick to play your xbox/ps games just connect your phone to xbox/ps via data cable and use the virtual controller on your smartphone screen as a real gaming controller.

            Mousepad/touchpad:
            Just connect your smartphone to computer and use it surface as mouse

            The problem I am facing:-
            1. In can make the Gui but how the will the xbox/ps recognize that this is a…

            244 votes
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              5 comments  ·  Input (Mouse, Touch, Controller)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Windows & WP have an wrong text display problem for mixed RTL & LTR text

              Wrong text display when write an English(LTR) word inside an Persian(Farsi) or Arabic(RTL) text(See Picture) when APP language et to English( This mean is Controls "FlowDirection"="LeftToRight")

              http://www.4shared.com/download/6wEhQ5Dcba/RTL_Problem2.jpg?sbsr=9d532eaef2551bc183b0d3a8201742533d0d56b269bcfb13&lgfp=3000

              For solve this problem must "FlowDirection" property set automatic for RTL and LTR text through checking first char in text.
              Like this Suggestion

              https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/110705-universal-windows-platform/suggestions/8524696-add-auto-mode-to-flowdirection-property

              And for better performance

              https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/253374-missing-platform-apis/suggestions/8526205-provide-apis-for-detect-current-keyboard-language

              234 votes
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                5 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Background Audio problem dependent on app's name

                I've encountered an issue in Background Audio behavior dependent on app's name. I've managed to reproduce it using the official MSDN sample and as it's hard to test/debug, I've published a video with the problem: https://youtu.be/_W9S7g-JCQQ

                If the name of the app is little longer and/or with space inside, then after the OS cancels the background player (not used for some time), it's not possible to reinitialize it by pressing UVC button - the IBacgroundTask.Run method is called twice and without UVC button pressed event. Once it happens in normal usage, you won't be able to reinitialize the player at…

                233 votes
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                  20 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  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…

                  227 votes
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                    63 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Low Latency Sound Effect support

                    Needed to create pro level sequencers, synths and music creation related apps!

                    225 votes
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                      7 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Background app execution

                      If iOS and Android can do it why can't Windows Phone? Like all the Timer apps on Android & iOS, they can update the badge numbers real time giving you a true countdown timer experience. Why cant Windows Phone do this? It should be able to do this! Would battery experience really degrade that much? If so me thinks this is a fundamental flaw in the OS!

                      220 votes
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                        8 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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.

                        219 votes
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                          4 comments  ·  Controls  ·  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.

                          213 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  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 .

                            209 votes
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                              3 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  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.

                              201 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Framework  ·  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,…

                                200 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Windows 10 UWP should support Reflection.Emit for Mocking frameworks

                                  The lack of Reflection.Emit in UWP significantly impacts the ability of developers to create clean, AAA-compliant unit tests in an MVVM environment (the recommended architecture for building UWP apps). With no Reflection.Emit it is impossible to build a Mocking framework for providing testable implementations of interfaces used in Dependency Injection.

                                  195 votes
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                                    6 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Allow changing the country and name after registration on Windows Phone Store, PubCenter and Windows Store

                                    Allow changing the country and name after registration on Windows Phone Store, PubCenter and Windows Store.

                                    190 votes
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                                      4 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  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…

                                      185 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Adding Advertising SDK Support to HTML5/JS Apps created for Windows Phone 8.1

                                        Dears Dev,

                                        I am a Indie Game developer. I am currently developing a Windows Exclusive HTML5 based game (both Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1)

                                        Its almost in completion stage and I was working on adding Ads to my game, thats when I found that the Ads SDK does not support adding Ads to a WinJS(HTML5) WP8.1 project!

                                        Please note that this restriction is for HTML5/JS projects only and Ads can still be added to XAML based projects. But my entire game is developed on HTML5.

                                        Request you to please provide us the option to add Ads to a WinJS/HTML5…

                                        180 votes
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                                          7 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • ペアレンタルコントロールか年齢認証をつけてほしい。

                                          別に提案した「2ch ブラウザの申請を通してほしい。遮断する理由が聞きたい。(http://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/136286-app-platform-japan/suggestions/2323141-)」ですが、聞くところによると 2ch は U13 コンテンツが存在しているために一律審査却下の方針をとることにしたようです。

                                          審査を行うマイクロソフトの立場は理解できます。また開発者自身が U13 コンテンツに誘導した等の理由で訴追されるリスクを回避することができるので、ある面からは必要不可欠な判断かもしれません(ここではこの議論はしません)。

                                          今後このような事があっても対応できるように、
                                          1. OS 自体にペアレンタルコントロールの機能をもしくは年齢認証をつける。
                                          2. アプリ側の Capability に Adult Related Contens があるソフトは起動しない。
                                          などの処理を行ってほしい。

                                          180 votes
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