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  1. 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 →
    • unpaired Bluetooth guest for crowd tracking

      On iOS, Android, BLE trackers like Trackr can anonymously make an encrypted connection via other users' devices running the tracking app; ideal for crowd tracking your lost device. this may be a blocking issue for getting good tracking devices into the platform

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      • Allow apps to read reserved file types on SD card

        The SD Card support in WP8 is practically useless because built-in apps are the only ones allowed to access what are known as 'reserved file and URI associations'. (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsphone/develop/jj207065(v=vs.105).aspx)

        This means it is impossible to create an app that plays video or audio files stored on the SD card. Many WP8 devices ship with only 8GB, which makes the use of the SD card essential, especially to store large files, such as video. We are presently working on a WP8 version of an app to play sign language videos, but are stymied by this restriction. We cannot read…

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          3 comments  ·  File IO / Data Store APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Full-Trust UWP Desktop Applications

          Look, the concept of "UWP apps can run on your phone (RIP) and your Xbox," while admirable, isn't practical for most applications. Many applications need only Desktop support. UWP is too "safe" so as to be impractical for so many desktop apps, and WPF is like a third-class citizen with Microsoft in the background cheering "Upgrade to UWP!"

          The sandbox nonsense has to go. Allow UWP applications to tick a box in the .appxmanifest declaring it as a full-trust desktop application. Prevent full-trust apps from targeting phone and Xbox if you have to. Show a notice to users upon install…

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            1 comment  ·  Missing APIs  ·  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.

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              0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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 + Microsoft 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.

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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?

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                    0 comments  ·  Unsorted  ·  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.

                    27 votes
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                      11 comments  ·  Dev Center + Microsoft Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Stabilize Virtual Desktop API

                      Currently there's a set of COM APIs, that provide access to Virtual Desktop-related features, like pinning apps to desktops, switching desktops, etc. Unfortunately, most of it is undocumented, and does not seem to be stabilized (2018 Spring Update for instance changed IApplicationView's CLSID, so apps using it stopped working).

                      26 votes
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                        9 comments  ·  Device - Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Zoom able image control

                        Image control with zoom in and out by double tap or Slider's value in desktop and pinch zoom in touch enabled screen.

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                          3 comments  ·  Windows Community Toolkit  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Tab control like in Microsoft Edge

                          It can happen that sometimes we do need a control to store a list of pages/elements that looks like a Pivot control but with a infinite list of pages/elements. So, I think the tab (header) control of Microsoft Edge can be reused with :

                          * A list of elements (with an icon/title/close button)
                          * A possible template for previewing element (like a small window)
                          * A plus button to add more elements
                          * And maybe other buttons

                          Linked to https://github.com/Microsoft/UWPCommunityToolkit/issues/894

                          26 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Centennial should be an SDK - not a mere converter

                            It should be possible to create Visual Studio Centennial Project in WinForms, WPF, Win32, MFC, etc, which should also allow mixing of UWP Code (Like XAML UI) with full interop between native and UWP Platform. This should be the standard way to create and distribute powerful applications that are not restricted by the sandbox like universal apps.

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                              2 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  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 →
                              • offline voice recognition

                                Android supports text-to-speech and vice versa without online connectivity. This is great for dictation. Please add this feature to Windows Phone.

                                26 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add skeleton tracking to Xbox One UWP platform

                                  The skeleton tracking is not working on XBOX. You can verify this with the CameraStreamCorrelation sample.

                                  MediaFrameSourceKind.Custom is not available on the XBOX. It is available on the PC, though.

                                  The following streams are available on the PC:

                                  Color
                                  Depth
                                  Infrared
                                  Custom
                                  The following streams are available on the XBOX:

                                  Color
                                  Depth
                                  Infrared
                                  As a result, skeletal tracking apps do not work on the XBOX platform. Are there any plans to support skeleton tracking on the XBOX?

                                  24 votes
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                                    4 comments  ·  Camera/Video/Microphone  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • screen recording api

                                    An api to let us create us create a screen recording app.

                                    24 votes
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                                      4 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Greater information on Installed Apps list

                                      On installed apps shows more information what the size of the application, the version, when it was installed, if it came from the store or not, their dependencies.

                                      Actually the list of installed apps are useless is terrible just shows one app at a time

                                      24 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  Windows Device Portal  ·  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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                                          0 comments  ·  Dev Center + Microsoft Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • 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.

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                                            4 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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