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  1. Allow alarms to break through Quiet Hours

    Hello.
    My alarm app which uses alarm-scenario toasts cannot break through Quiet Hours.

    I received plenty, I mean really plenty feedback from users desperately wanting alarms to break through Quiet Hours.

    4,149 votes
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      In the future, we’ll look at enabling this! It’s definitely important that third party apps can do the same as first party apps (like how the first party alarm app can break through quiet hours).

      Thanks for all the votes! If you also need this feature for your app, let us know by voting!

    • Add Iran to Devs Account Registration

      Please , Add Iran to your supported countries list in Developer Account Registration.
      We'll develop great apps for Windows Store.

      961 votes
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        255 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Replace Xamarin.Forms Xaml syntax with latest UWP Xaml

        Now that Microsoft has bought Xamarin, integrated it in Visual Studio and made it free, it would be awesome to replace Xamarin.Forms Xaml syntax with current UWP so that Devs can benefit from all the new rich features such as RelativePanel, x:Bind, Adaptive Triggers, Live Visual Tree etc and also no learning curve for Xamarin.Forms-specific naming conventions (e.g StackLayout instead of StackPanel)

        154 votes
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          8 comments  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          This is great feedback. We are excited about the Xamarin acquisition and the .NET ecosystem around cross-platform apps. We are currently looking at this and similar feedback on how we can improve the experience of working with both Xamarin.Forms and UWP implementations of XAML.

        • [BUG] CurrentCulture should reflect the regional format defined by the user

          Before UWP, CurrentCulture reflected the Regional Settings format and CurrentUICulture reflected the Display Language. That behavior is good but has changed in UWP (both now reflect the same thing: Display Language), making it unecessarely hard for developers to correctly respect the user's preference when displaying dates and numbers.

          This behavior should be fixed or a new property should be made available in the SDK to enable us to get the user defined settings for regional format. We shouln't have to relly on workaround like this one: https://www.pedrolamas.com/2015/11/02/cultureinfo-changes-in-uwp/

          24 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Possibility to delete an app completely from Dashboard

            Please add the possibility to delete an app completely from your Dashboard on Dev Center.
            Right now it's only possible to hide an submitted app from store. It's so sad that developers have to stay with all of their apps which are completely useless and already hided from store for a long time.

            260 votes
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              47 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add Overlay UI like Android

              The new Notification access is awesome but is it possible to add Overlay UI and " Services " ( you will find it under accessibility settings in Android) to RS2. It will make UWP more powerful like win32 and also let dev make some powerful and useful apps like " Universal Copy " and 'Native Clipboard" . I am adding some screenshots too. You can install those Android apps yourself. Screenshot_2016-06-12-11-02-35.png http://i.imgur.com/bpHQXue.png
              Screenshot_2016-06-12-11-02-14.png http://i.imgur.com/mJBcme2.png
              Screenshot_2016-06-12-11-01-36.png http://i.imgur.com/dTfqzrO.png
              Screenshot_2016-06-12-10-59-52.png http://i.imgur.com/SEmJSNe.png
              Screenshot_2016-06-11-22-22-47.png http://i.imgur.com/WzD5NUW.png
              Screenshot_2016-06-11-22-22-41.png http://i.imgur.com/oin3msr.png
              Screenshot_2016-06-11-22-22-21.png http://i.imgur.com/YCyUP59.png
              Screenshot_2016-06-11-22-22-14.png http://i.imgur.com/77WIVRf.png
              Screenshot_2016-06-11-22-21-26.png http://i.imgur.com/vV9Ct3N.png
              I really want the Universal Apps to grow more powerful. I hope…

              58 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…

                16 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Failing to start isolated environment

                  [msft]
                  Right now creating an isolated environment fails for some installers. if you see “E_STARTING_ISOLATED_ENV_FAILED” or “800705B4”, chances are it is this. If you feel it isn’t, please create a new issue.

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                  I was able to run the converter on build 14316 and 14352. However, on build 14383, I got this error.

                  Running Installer in Isolated Environment

                  [2016-07-11T20:14:52] No installer valid exit codes specified. Using defaults: 0
                  [2016-07-11T20:14:52] Replace any occurence of <log_folder> in -InstallerArguments with C:\shared\logs
                  [2016-07-11T20:14:52] Creating Isolated Environment
                  [2016-07-11T20:14:54] Starting the Isolated Environment
                  [2016-07-11T20:16:55] An error occurred running your installer in isolation
                  [2016-07-11T20:16:55] Invoke-IsolatedInstall : error…

                  20 votes
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                    17 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Allow subpixel font smoothing (DirectWrite) in UWP apps

                    Currently UWP have less readable grayscale font smoothing. It makes UWP apps look worse than desktop apps on standard DPI screens. Allowing subpixel font rendering would make them look on par with desktop apps.

                    20 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Shell Context Menus.

                      Please add Shell Context Menus API for UWP apps.
                      We need way to integration with Windows Explorer context menu.

                      23 votes
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                        5 comments  ·  Missing APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add API for developers to make true Live Tile Clocks

                        I have an app in the store to make a live tile clock. It worked fairly well on WP8.1, but now on W10M, when you go to the start screen, until the tile notification refreshes, the live tile shows the default app tile. I checked with multiple clock tile apps in the store and they all have this same fundamental issue. (blank or app logo on tile until tile notification refreshes). What would be nice is, instead of sending tile notifications for every minute, if there was a way to better adjust the live tile image every minute. Something like…

                        24 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Hey William! Andrew from the Windows Notifications team here. Definitely true that there needs to be a better way for Live Tile clocks to work.

                          Maybe if tile notifications could be marked as “Display instantly”, the clock tiles would be able to work correctly when opening the Start Screen.

                          I believe we delay displaying the notifications for performance reasons (we don’t render them till you open Start), but we also have a little delay in there to “cascade” the displaying of notifications, so everything doesn’t flip all at once. But by cutting out the second step with the “Display instantly” flag, it could maybe work.

                          Anyways, thanks for the feedback! It’s useful!

                        • Device Portal on Phone should show battery life remaining

                          HoloLens has a battery life indicator in Device Portal. As another device with a battery, Windows Mobile should also have one.

                          74 votes
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                            on the backlog  ·  1 comment  ·  Windows Device Portal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add PowerShell to Device Portal

                            There should be a PowerShell prompt in Device Portal that lets me run extra commands.

                            49 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Windows Device Portal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • UWP Input Validation

                              As an enterprise developer we need a richer set of Line of Business features. Input validation is fundamental to business applications and should not require us to roll our own or find a 3rd party solution.

                              64 votes
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                                12 comments  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • UWP System tray support

                                I would like the ability to give my app the ability to be in the system tray.

                                In addition, I would like the ability to minimize my app to the system tray as well.

                                79 votes
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                                  6 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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.

                                  10 votes
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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

                                  • [Missing] Remove links on documents/folders from Quick Access in File Explorer area programmatically

                                    After my application open office document programmatically in background, link to it appears in Quick Access Area in File Explorer. It's not good thing, because it's not needed to share this with users.
                                    In this case, we need functionality to remove item from that area programmatically.

                                    So, will be extra cool to have smth like RemoveItem(string "ItemName"); that will remove it from Quick Access in File Explorer.

                                    Thanks!

                                    p.s. I thought, that this is same as at:

                                    "https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/110705-universal-windows-platform/suggestions/7874598-api-access-for-quick-access-area-in-file-explorer&quot;

                                    but there Clint Rutkas (Admin, Windows Developer) told to create a separate UserVoice request for this.

                                    11 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  File IO / Data Store APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • [Request] Allow base application container to be see-through/transparent

                                      I request the Windows team to provide us with a way to make parts of the core window see-through, so applications behind it can be seen; the ability to apply the transparency effect to the base container, making portions of our application see-through to the desktop.

                                      In other words, I want to be able to create designs such as this: http://i.imgur.com/27fUxtM.jpg (notice the left side of the application, where there is transparency and part of the desktop (which is immediately behind the application) can be seen through).

                                      Providing more design options, allows us to diversify our application's interface designs and…

                                      25 votes
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                                        3 comments  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Are shutdown and reboot features still available in Windows Mobile Device Portal?

                                        I can't find them after I upgrade my phone to the newest system and I tried to use REST APIs to call the shutdown and restart features but failed either. Will these two features still available in the coming builds or they have already been removed by design?

                                        13 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  Windows Device Portal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          We’ve updated the UI on mobile to match Xbox and Desktop, and with it came a power options dropdown in the header. This is in the latest WIP Fast flight, 14915. Check it out, and keep filing feedback! We love hearing from you.

                                          Thanks,
                                          The Device Portal team

                                        • Let me see network traffic in Device Portal

                                          I can use Fiddler on my desktop to view my network traffic. I want to do the same thing for my other Windows devices to help debug my apps.

                                          27 votes
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