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  1. 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 →
      • 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 →
              • Add WPF UniformGrid to UWP

                The WPF UniformGrid (https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.windows.controls.primitives.uniformgrid(v=vs.110).aspx) is missing in UWP. It doesn't seem to quite have an equivalent in UWP in order to get even spacing of a grid automatically, as well as other features like setting rows/columns and first column for calendar type applications.

                26 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  UWP Community Toolkit  ·  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.

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                    0 comments  ·  UWP Community Toolkit  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Allow an Window to minimize programatically

                    This is only relevant for desktop UWP apps.

                    There are genuine use cases when we need to keep an app running when close button is pressed. One such case is here:

                    https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/110705-universal-windows-platform/suggestions/18075751-remove-in-process-appservice-lifetime-restrictions

                    You can at least provide any of these solutions.

                    1. Add system tray support so that app can be minimised to system tray.
                    https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/110705-universal-windows-platform/suggestions/12817866-uwp-system-tray-support

                    2. You can only allow an app to catch close button event and minimise it to task bar programatically.

                    You need to provide CoreWindow.Minimise() api in this case.

                    26 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Framework  ·  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 →
                      • 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 →
                          • 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 + Microsoft Store  ·  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.

                              25 votes
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                                2 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Grouped ComboBox

                                In WPF we had the possibility to have groups within the ComboBox list. We now have this option for ListView and GridView, but not for the ComboBox control.

                                For example:

                                - Fruits (group name)
                                -- Banana (item name)
                                -- Apple (item name)
                                -- Orange (item name)

                                - Vegetables (group name)
                                -- Carrot (item name)
                                -- Cucumber (item name)

                                WPF example:
                                https://user-images.githubusercontent.com/9866362/30957493-b5719ff8-a43a-11e7-9c46-043f5a3404b8.jpg

                                24 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  UWP Community Toolkit  ·  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 →
                                  • 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 →
                                        • BLE devices / ibeacons

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

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