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  1. 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 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

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        0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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 →
        • 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?

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            0 comments  ·  Web Browser Control APIs  ·  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 + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                2 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Update Notepad to support "LF" only files

                Now that Windows supports the Linux subsystem, Notepad.exe application should support natively the text files with "LF" (0x0A) only line separator.
                The list of improvement to Notepad is very large and hopefully more things will come, but the LF support is IMO mandatory.

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                  3 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  We hear you 100%.

                  If you’re on Win10, please also submit feedback via the Windows 10 Feedback tool – this way your feedback gets sent directly to the feature owners and is tracked and reviewed.

                  feedback-hub:?contextid=156&feedbackid=5e62540a-5234-4518-903c-d0f05e2f8c27&form=1&src=2

                • 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 →
                  • 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.

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                      2 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  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;
                      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!

                      25 votes
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                        3 comments  ·  Enterprise APIs  ·  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.

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                          0 comments  ·  Dev Center + 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.

                          24 votes
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                            4 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • BLE devices / ibeacons

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

                            24 votes
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                            • Folder upload, creation, and download

                              I need to select multiple files to be downloaded/uploaded one time
                              not one by one each time

                              I also want to create folders to store things in.

                              24 votes
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                                3 comments  ·  Windows Device Portal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • ucrtbase bug: _wspawnve is broken

                                There is a serious bug in CRT (ucrtbase) which is part of Windows 10.
                                The long story (please read it, since it contains all information about this bug): https://youtrack.jetbrains.com/issue/PY-17069#comment=27-1803709

                                The short story:
                                _wspawnve is broken when launched from Explorer (not cmd) because ``cenvarg.cpp`` expects undocumented environment variable ``=C`` (covered here: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/oldnewthing/20100506-00/?p=14133) and this variable is not provided by Explorer.

                                Tool to reproduce.

                                ```
                                #include<process.h>
                                // Works from cmd.exe, but not from Explorer on Win10 :)
                                void main() {
                                const wchar_t* const args[] = {L"c:\\windows\\system32\\cmd.exe", L"/?", NULL};
                                const wchar_t* const envs[] = { L"FOO=BAR", NULL};
                                int r;

                                _wspawnve(P_WAIT, L"c:\\windows\\system32\\cmd.exe", args,…

                                24 votes
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                                  8 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  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.

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                                    2 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • [Bug] - ListBox.ScrollIntoView doesn't work properly

                                    If a ListBox has elements with different sizes and you call ScrollIntoView to the last Item, the ScrollViewer doesn't scroll to correct position.

                                    You can reproduce it adding rectangles with 100px, 200px and 300px of height and calling ScrollIntoView to the last item.

                                    24 votes
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                                    • Support appium app & device actions to support end-to-end lifecycle testing

                                      POST /session/:sessionId/appium/device/shake
                                      POST /session/:sessionId/appium/device/lock
                                      POST /session/:sessionId/appium/device/install_app
                                      POST /session/:sessionId/appium/device/remove_app
                                      POST /session/:sessionId/appium/device/app_installed
                                      POST /session/:sessionId/appium/app/launch
                                      POST /session/:sessionId/appium/app/close
                                      POST /session/:sessionId/appium/app/reset
                                      POST /session/:sessionId/appium/app/background

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                                        0 comments  ·  UI Testing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add $0.49 IAP price point

                                        I think that having and IAP price point of $0.49 could be wildly attractive to end users and get more purchases for developers. Having $0.99 as the bottom for things like ad removal, when many *full apps* cost $0.99 can sometimes be a tough sell.

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                                          2 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Access Cards API

                                          API to emulate Radio Access Cards using NFC. That way WP can be used as a universal access card. A lot of corporate users who have to carry their access card with them will appreciate it. It will eliminate the situation when a person forgets his access card and has to go to the security office to get a temporary one.
                                          One possible application of such API is ability to configure the access card ID from Active Directory. That way IT administrators will be able to provision new access codes using familiar infrastructure.
                                          It will also make a corporation more…

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