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  1. 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

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      8 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  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.

      77 votes
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        4 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Ancestor binding missing

        Currently the RelativeSourceMode only supports None, TemplatedParent and Self.

        Would be really helpful to have FindAncestor API added, just like in Silverlight 5 and WPF.

        76 votes
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          3 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  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…

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            9 comments  ·  File IO / Data Store APIs  ·  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 :(

            69 votes
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              9 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.

            • FM Radio RDS support if FM Radio APIs are brought in

              If FM radio APIs are brought in, it would be amazing if we could get RDS support as well. This would allow apps to say they were listening to KEXP instead only 93.1 and the station information as well.

              For FM radio APIs, please vote here: https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/110705-universal-windows-platform/suggestions/17399074

              69 votes
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                7 comments  ·  Missing APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • provide quiet hours API

                Dear Dev Team!

                Please provide an API for quiet hours in Windows 10 (mobile) where developers can set the quiet hours parameters from foreground and background.

                Thank you

                69 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Missing APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Implement XAML style triggers

                  Hi! Please implement style triggers for Windows Phone XAML (BAML?). Sometimes they're much more useful than data binding (for example, when I need a StaticResource as a property value).

                  66 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Enable Hyper-V on all version of Windows

                    For developing and testing virtualized apps with the latest features we need Hyper-V but it isn't available on all versions, so our best option is install Linux.

                    Similar issue: https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/110705-universal-windows-platform/suggestions/7761381-allow-to-develop-and-test-windows-phone-apps-on-al

                    66 votes
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                      12 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Emulating Camera

                      It would be extremely helpful if the emulator could use webcams as camera emulation. Otherwise AR scenarios are hard to develop without a range of devices. It has become even more needed with the addition of WXGA and the different scalings in WP8.

                      66 votes
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                        2 comments  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow subpixel font smoothing (DirectWrite) in UWP apps

                        Currently UWP have less readable grayscale font smoothing. It makes UWP apps look worse than desktop apps on standard DPI screens. Allowing subpixel font rendering would make them look on par with desktop apps.

                        64 votes
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                          3 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

                          63 votes
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                            5 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            In release 16190 of the Windows 10 SDK Preview Build, we have introduced the following new controls: NavigationView, TreeView, RatingsControl, ColorPicker, ParallaxView and PersonPicture to the Windows.UI.XAML.Controls namespace. It also adds brushes for Acrylic and Reveal, part of the Fluent Design System. See also the new XAML Controls Gallery in the Windows Universal Samples collection.

                            https://github.com/Microsoft/Windows-universal-samples/tree/master/Samples/XamlUIBasics

                          • Support To New Applications (New & Rising list)

                            Platform should support new applications that are not big companies'. In these days all new applications don't appear in New+Rising category, and some new applications are dying. We have communicate with Microsoft Support about this situation and they said "We don't promise "New applications always enter New+Rising category" to developers. It is so embarrassing for small companies or freelance developers. You should support new applications, you should support us.

                            62 votes
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                              13 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add Payoneer as a payment method for Windows Phone Store / Windows Store / PubCenter earnings.

                              Add Payoneer as a payment method for Windows Phone Store / Windows Store / PubCenter earnings.

                              62 votes
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                                10 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • allow mobile broadband handling

                                Hello Dev Team!

                                If it possible please allow/make mobileBroadband management in Radio class. (from foreground and background).
                                Wifi and bluetooth work well but the mobileBroadband is in "This value is defined for future use, and is not currently available." state currently.

                                Thank you

                                61 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  Communication APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Support using a Binding in a Style Setter in Window Store apps

                                  SL5 (as well as WPF) support setting the Value of a Style Setter to a Binding but XAML Windows Store apps do not (maybe because it was based on a snapshot of SL4).

                                  60 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Donationware ability for Windows Store

                                    It's a lot easier to build a following when it's free. Keeping this in mind, was thinking of making some of my products donationware. Would it be feasible to somehow make this type of offering as part of the store?

                                    The ability for an end user to donate allows me to make the app free. Donations should be supported

                                    Any feedback is appreciated, Thanks, John.

                                    59 votes
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                                      11 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add Implicit Datatemplates to UWP

                                      This Idea has already been posted for WinRT 5 years ago: https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/110705-universal-windows-platform/suggestions/2831450-implicit-datatemplates-for-winrt

                                      I'd like to have implicit DataTemplates in UWP. The main scenario is MVVM and resolving a View from a ViewModel. This scenario is described in this post: https://www.thomasclaudiushuber.com/2017/03/10/building-a-classic-tabbed-and-databound-desktop-app-with-uwp/

                                      57 votes
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                                        3 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Dynamically Load Assembly

                                        Add the Assembly.Load method which accepts byte[] as a parameter in order to load an assembly in to the app domain. All the other platforms support this: .Net, Silverlight, Android (Xamarin), and even iOS (Xamarin)!

                                        Why is the UWP team stubbornly resisting this? Without this UWP is more or less a toy because any customization requires that the app be deployed completely separately. Other platforms allow for customization to be downloaded and dynamically loaded in to the app domain.

                                        56 votes
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                                          8 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow unsafe code

                                          Full unsafe code support would:
                                          1) Allow more code to be shared across platforms, and
                                          2) Increase the performance of applications that needed it.

                                          Here's a use case example:
                                          I'm the author of BEPUphysics, a real-time simulation library. I wish to support many platforms as best I can with as much common code as possible. Unfortunately, in the current situation, I can't have the best of both worlds. If my goal is optimal performance, I must maintain separate codebases for a bunch of low-level queries and data structures. On the other hand, if my goal is as much common code…

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