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Welcome to the Universal Windows Platform Developer Feedback site. This site provides the Windows developer community with a channel for feedback on the following topics:

  • Windows developer platform (APIs, runtimes, and controls)
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Your suggestions will be reviewed by the Windows platform developer team to help with planning ideas and to better understand how developers are using the platform.

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  1. 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;
    or
    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!

    29 votes
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      3 comments  ·  Enterprise APIs  ·  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

      28 votes
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        0 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 →
        • 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

          28 votes
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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 →
            • 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 →
              • 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?

                    27 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Unsorted  ·  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.

                      27 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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.

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                          11 comments  ·  Dev Center + Microsoft Store  ·  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.

                          26 votes
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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.

                              26 votes
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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 →
                                • Allow applications that require elevated privileges/admin rights to be submitted to the store

                                  I have a disk imaging (which I have already converted) application that writes bytes directly to disk (USB and SD cards). It requires admin rights to get a lock on the disk. The app gets rejected during submission to the store as some features are disabled as admin privileges are required. It would be good if we could submit utility tools to the store as there is no way to perform these tasks without admin. Maybe warn the user when downloading the app or more stringent verification process for these apps but don't block them completely as you're hurting both…

                                  24 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Dev Center + Microsoft Store  ·  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 →
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