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  1. Provide API to lock & unlock the screen, and provide API to display customized window to replace the default unlocking window

    The customized unlock apps are very popular on android and symbian, we hope that we could do the same on WP7.

    28 votes
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      5 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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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        3 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Improve App Store team responce time.

        Allow their to be faster response times for contacting App Store after submitting feedback link found at the bottom of the certification report after having your app rejected.

        As its very inconvenient to have to wait for 5 business days to have a response, and you may need to have your app on the store in less time depending on an urgency which I have due to needing to have my app passed for one of my love ones who have passed away.

        28 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Accurate Timer API tuned for precision

          Windows Phone has for some time some unfortunate issues with any timer based apps, where the background events do not fire in an accurate and precise point in time.

          It would be helpful if APIs could be provided for both background and foreground apps. Including a possible ContentDialog which could be displayed even outside the app for custom actions when an alarm is completed. And a possible "Time Remaining" label which could be displayed in the Action Centre.

          27 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Missing APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Make VariableSizedWrapGrid Virtualizing.

            Currently only VirtualizingStackpanels can virtualice and reuse datatemplates , decreasing a lot the memory footprint. If we use diferent datatemplates, why not make every panel virtualizable?

            27 votes
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            • Hide support email address on Windows Store's App webpage

              There has been a huge spike in spammers scraping the Windows Store website for apps' support email.

              The automated script leaves a 5 star review and asks that you do the same for their app. Here is an example:

              *****************************************
              Hello Lancelot Software,

              What if we will exchange apps reviews? I recenlty rated your app https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/hacked/9nblggh6850j with 5 stars and caption and text 'Great Tool' / 'I will admit that installing this app was an ordeal. I want to thank Lancelot for taking the time to communicate quickly with me. I like the ease of the app and recommend this…

              27 votes
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                1 comment  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Provide APIs for detect current keyboard language

                Please provide APIs for detect current keyboard language and information about selected language (LTR or RTL ,...) and provide trigger or event for inform about changing keyboard language

                27 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Ribbon Control

                  Add an easy to use and customizable Ribbon control like the ones found in the Office Mobile apps, that scales on PCs to Phones. While we can implement it ourselves, it does require a lot of work, and putting it in a XAML control would make life so much easier.

                  27 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Provide an API to retrieve current application icon for running appx app

                    With apps increasingly going the encrypted route, our app (EarTrumpet) is finding it harder and harder to retrieve the running appx app's current application icon (i.e. the icon you see in the taskbar).

                    Extracting the icon via FindWindow/etc. APIs is messy and not appropriate for loading scale sensitive assets. Parsing the PRI is only possible in unencrypted appx scenarios.

                    27 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add support to disable the "bounce" in the WebBrowser control

                      Currently, there doesn't seem to be any possibility to disable the "bounce" effect when scrolling inside the WebBrowser control which makes any apps based in HTML5 look and feel cheap. This happens when you try to scroll beyond the bounds of the control and there is the elastic effect which allows you to move the page beyond the border of the control. Would it be possible to disable this?

                      26 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Web Browser Control APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Create UWP(or Xamarin) Community Tutorial where devs can help creating tutorials

                        We can see the support of communities in UWPCommunityToolkit. It would be nice to have a UWP(or Xamarin) Community Tutorial where devs can contribute to the tutorial and make it up to date. As a self-learner, it is very hard to find a tutorial to learn new things.

                        26 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • User level App-to-App media (Audio/MIDI/Video)

                          Windows should allow users to freely redirect media (Audio, MIDI even Video someday, I guess) from/to the Hardware(audio interface, webcam, etc) and/or Applications (even considering "The Desktop" as a video+audio media generator).

                          Any media (Audio/MIDI/Video) generator/consumer (be it an app or an hardware device) should be treated as a freely connectable node, instead of an hardwired starting/ending point, like today.

                          This would allow the user, through the OS, to "detach" an App media output from its default interface (audio/midi card, screen/window) and "re-attach" it to another App (or device) input.

                          An example of this "An application as a node in…

                          26 votes
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                            5 comments  ·  Audio/Graphics/Media playback  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Remove Search Restrictions

                            Remove the 50 apps limit from the phone and 100 app limit from the marketplace web site when users search for an app with a search term. If an app can not be found with its ideal keyword (becuase over a hundred apps already have used that search term) then new apps cannot be found with their ideal search terms. The concept of paging using skip and take very easily resolves this issue. It's quite dissapointing that a Bible app cannot be found with the search term bible.

                            26 votes
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                              11 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Get/Query Active Directory user information

                              As a developer I need access to the current logged in active directory user to check if the user has a specific role.

                              Normally I do this with:

                              WindowsIdentity currentUser = WindowsIdentity.GetCurrent();
                              var groups = currentUser.Groups;
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                              groups.Claims

                              So I can get the SID or the groups of the user.

                              Most companies want to control the access of the user by the active directory. The enterprise application uses this information whether a user got access or not.

                              If there is no api to access this information, enterprise application development with uwp becomes uninteresting. Please help us out!

                              26 votes
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                                3 comments  ·  Enterprise APIs  ·  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.

                                25 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • dev center email report

                                  Weekly or daily email report, as provided by other app tracking platforms, with summary of downloads, reviews and other metrics.

                                  24 votes
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                                  • Make tapping top of lists scroll to top

                                    Follow touch enablement of mobile platforms and enable the list controls by default to have a "tap top" area that scrolls to top of list automatically.

                                    24 votes
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                                      4 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add PullToRefresh to MasterDetailsView 'Master Panel'

                                      Master Panel in MasterDetailsView was intended to be used as PullToRefreshListView because usually, the ListView in Master Panel is dynamically changing, It is often used for showing Collections of Emails, Articles, etc. So why not include EnablePullToRefresh as a property of MasterDetailsView. It would save the user a lot of time and effort.

                                      24 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  UWP Community Toolkit  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Print from WebView

                                        Give us a Print() function for the UWP WebView control. Using WebViewBrush isn't an acceptable response.

                                        24 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  Web Browser Control APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • BLE devices / ibeacons

                                          Implement native APIs for communicating with BLE devices / 'ibeacons.'

                                          24 votes
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