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  1. Implement System.ComponentModel.TypeConverter in WinRT APIs

    TypeConverter is helpful because it allows the author of a type to provide intrinsic support for determining to/from which types a type may be converted and actually converting between types - most typically for converting to/from string but other types as well.

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      5 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 「APP HUB」に登録しなくても、アプリを実機で動かせるようにしてほしい

      年間一万円近く払わなければ、自作アプリを実機で使えないのでは、プログラミングしてみようという気持ちになりません。
      せっかく素晴らしい開発環境があるのに、これでは宝の持ち腐れではないでしょうか?
      -----
      「ChevronWP7」は6月にcoming soonと発表してから音沙汰なしですね。

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        1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • SD Card APIs to create/write/delete files

        In my application some data required to save on disk, There is limited storage in Phone memory, I just need api to write or create files folder wise on external memory like memory card..

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          4 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Controlling players implementing Background Audio

          Currently, I can detect and control what the embedded Zune player is currently playing.
          The same can't be done with 3rd party apps implementing background audio streaming like soundtracker etc.

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            1 comment  ·  XNA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Show scrollbars in WebBrowser control

            Please show the scrollbars in the WebBrowser control. For details and a workaround that's not working as smooth as it is when it was implemented in the control itself.

            http://www.pitorque.de/MisterGoodcat/post/Somethings-Missing-from-the-WebBrowser-Control.aspx

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              0 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow Windows Runtime public class inheritance

              Windows Runtime is a great platform, but it lacks some really basic things.

              One of those basic things is public class inheritance. Windows Runtime should allow public non-sealed classes. This is already implemented for XAML classes, now this should be available for all Windows Runtime components.

              You could also consider implementing this partially: for example, allow inheritance only between managed WinRT classes, and deriving managed classes from native WinRT classes.

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                2 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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…

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                  4 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Support path lengths longer than 260 (MAX_PATH)

                  I'd like to see Windows API's, Command Prompts, File Explorer support a much longer file path. 32,768 (2^15) would be very helpful.

                  The limit is documented here under "Maximum Path Length Limitation":

                  http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa365247(v=vs.85).aspx

                  I'd like to see Windows updated to support

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                    2 comments  ·  Enterprise  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add "bool IsLoopingEnabled" property to Pivot and Panorama control

                    It will be great to have an option to disable the infinite looping of Pivot and Panorama controls and use them in a similar way like Picture/Article browsing, etc.

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                      2 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Support Monthly/Yearly subscriptions for app purchasing.

                      As app developers we are currently stuck with 2 methods of generating revenues 1) one time app payment 2) Ads.

                      I would like to see a monthly/yearly subscription model introduced that let me charge users $5 a year for my app for example.

                      This would mean we could make ad free apps that developers are motivated to keep adding features to over time since they are generating ongoing revenues.

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                        5 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Your apps can still be accessed through deep link and current users of the app will still be able to receive updates.

                        Fix the bug "App can't be searched in the Windows 10 Store".

                        The issue is well-known by Microsoft and "solved" by your support with the answer ...

                        Your apps can still be accessed through deep link and current users of the app will still be able to receive updates. We understand your concerns about your app experience with the search results. Your app is published and can be found here: [...] . We recommend that you share this deeplink via social media or your website for promoting your app to the public.?

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                          0 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Improve the Store search results by placing more emphasis on keywords

                          In my view, the two main use cases for the Store search can be summarised as follows:

                          1. As a Windows app consumer, I want to be able to search for apps by name, so that I can find and download the specific app I am looking for.

                          2. As a Windows app consumer, I want to be able to search for apps by functionality, so that I can find and download an app that will help me perform the task I want to carry out.

                          An example of the first might be:

                          “I’ve heard that Wordament is good, so…

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                            4 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow to Develop and test windows phone apps on all versions of Windows

                            In India lot of students buy Notebooks with Windows 8.1 SL (Not pro). But for developing and testing Windows Phone apps we need Windows Pro version with Hyper-V. Thats why lot of students chose to develop for android, because of no special requirement.

                            At least you can give Students an option (on DreamSparks) to install Hyper-V on their regular OS.

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                              9 comments  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Fix VoiceCommands so they work whether the app is in the foreground or not

                              Right now, Voice Commands registered for an app only work when an app is off, or in the background. They do not work if you are in the application already, and use Speech from the Windows key to navigate somewhere else in the app.

                              To the end user, it appears that the command is recognized and the system is taking you there, then it closes without actually doing anything. This appears to the end user like a bug in my application, not a system-wide OS bug.

                              I understand this was not necessarily the designed use case, but consider that the…

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                                3 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • MediaPlayer support for BackgroundAudioAgent

                                In trying to develop a custom playlist application, it is apparent that it is impossible to integrate the BackgroudAudioPlayer with the XNA.MediaLibrary. This means that applications that wish to use the capabilities of the BackgroundAgent are restricted to using only local audio files that are deployed with teh application, or audio streaming sources. There is no way to access the phone's MediaLibray.Songs to have the BAP play these files in teh background. This is highly restrictive because we can only use the MediaPlayer for foreground applications. Unless of course we go with a predetermined SongCollection such as SongCollection limitedPlaylist =…

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                                  3 comments  ·  XNA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Full emulator support in WinAppDeployCmd

                                  There appears to be no way to deploy an app to a Windows 10 Emulator outside of manually doing so in Visual Studio. We also have no entries listed for Windows 10 emulators (running or not) in the 'devices' output.

                                  The biggest issue/ask is to deploy an app to an emulator via that command line tool, in much the same way the AppDeployCmd worked for 8.1. Without that, we have no means to wrap our own tooling to launch and install built apps to the emulator.

                                  The older tooling (AppDeployCmd.exe) would allow us to list the available emulators we could…

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                                    0 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • SJIS, EUC のエンコーディングのサポートをして欲しい。

                                    外部データの読み取りなどで未だに SJIS や EUC を読み取らざるを得ない場合があります。この場合に備えて System.Text.Encoding で SJIS や EUC のサポートをして欲しい。
                                    PC版の Silverlight でもサポートされていないようなので、難しいかもしれないですがお願いします。

                                    もし標準サポートできない場合は、代わりに codeplex 等で C# 実装の MS謹製? エンコーディングクラスを公開して頂けるとありがたい。

                                    当たり前の事ですが、 IE9 で SJIS, EUC のページを参照したところ正しくエンコーディングが行われているので、WP7 どこかにエンコーディングを行うコードはあるはずです。

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                                      1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Deploy while debugging/deployment should unlock the screen

                                      When developing with the phone connected via USB, having the screen lock itself is very annoying, and makes app deployment fail.

                                      Some WP7 phone (not the AT&T Samsung Focus) have a "never" screen timeout. However this is for battery and powered scenarios, and you don't want to be manually switching it back and forth all the time. Some of us are stuck with a phone that locks itself all the time. The screen lock also interrupts or prevents app deployment. This makes Visual Studio fail to start the debugging session.

                                      An app deployment should unlock the screen and reset the…

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                                        6 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Internet Explorer Mobile でCSSの position:fixed をサポートして欲しい

                                        CSSの「position:fixed」は、スマホサイトの制作において、ツールバーを画面上に固定しておく、ボタンを固定しておくといったケースで利用頻度の高いプロパティです。これをIE Mobileでもきちんとサポートしてください。

                                        64 votes
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                                          2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow HTTP Requests Started In The Foreground To Complete In The Background

                                          It is a common scenario for the user to initiate a network transfer, then turn off the screen or switch to another app while the transfer is still in progress. Apps should get at least 60 seconds of background processing time to complete such network transfers and process the response. I'm aware that the Background Transfer Service is available, but there are cases where this is not usable, because it requires the data to be transferred to be written to temporary files in the storage. This is also a capability that other mobile platforms have, and I think it is…

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                                            0 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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