Universal Windows Platform

Welcome to the Windows Platform Developer (WPDev) Feedback site. This feedback forum provides the WPDev community with a channel for feedback on the following topics:

  • Windows developer platform (APIs, runtimes, and controls)
  • Dev Center Store (developer portal, back-end services, reporting/analytics and process)
  • Windows Stores (Windows and Windows Phone)

Your suggestions will be reviewed by the Windows platform developer team, providing feedback to help with planning ideas and to better understand how developers are using the development platform.

What this forum is not intended to cover or capture:

If you’re new to this whole UserVoice thing, we’d like to note two important things about this site: (a) List items (and item rankings) represent community interest in features, and does not represent an actual priority list for the product team; and (b) Suggestions made using this forum will be moderated if they do not actually represent a feature request.

How can we improve the Windows dev platform?

(thinking…)

Enter your idea and we'll search to see if someone has already suggested it.

If a similar idea already exists, you can support and comment on it.

If it doesn't exist, you can post your idea so others can support it.

Enter your idea and we'll search to see if someone has already suggested it.

  • Hot ideas
  • Top ideas
  • New ideas
  • My feedback
  1. SMS Access API

    Please provide an API that provides access to the texts to allow developers to implement an application to enable scenarios such as reading or archiving SMS messages.

    4,236 votes
    Sign in
    Check!
    (thinking…)
    Reset
    or sign in with
    • facebook
    • google
      Password icon
      Signed in as (Sign out)

      We’ll send you updates on this idea

      436 comments  ·  Device - Phone / Mobile  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Currently, the platform provides a number of SMS Access from a system eventing perspective (as of Windows Phone 8.1), and Windows Phone supports sms backup/restore for consumers as part of the base OS (Settings → Backup). What we don’t provide is a backup API.

      Using SMS events: Check out the Build 2014 session (http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2014/2-518) or MSDN docs on background tasks (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsphone/develop/hh977056.aspx)

      Although the capabilities are there from a consumer perspective (the core ask for the suggestion), I’m marking this as ‘Under Review’ for the API perspective. The team is aware of the ask and it is something that is being considered.

    • API for Direct phone interaction [dialing, sending/answering, replying/recording, playing to, hooking up/filtering Phone call]

      Without these APIs, PC and Phone are losing features event had existed in pre-internet age and becoming backward.

      When a feature is useful and eases user's pain of doing monotone taping, the security excuse seems a red herring; you can always find a way to do it and there were/are devices could/can do it, why not the Windows Phone, because Apple doesn’t do it?

      570 votes
      Sign in
      Check!
      (thinking…)
      Reset
      or sign in with
      • facebook
      • google
        Password icon
        Signed in as (Sign out)

        We’ll send you updates on this idea

        20 comments  ·  Device - Phone / Mobile  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • API to send SMS (via code without user input)

        Me and two friends of mine created an app that won in a Windows Hackathon held by Microsoft Cyprus. We actually won the Hackathon without finishing our app due to limitations of Windows phone API. We need some sort of API to automatically send an SMS. The reason for it to be automatic is because this is for cases when the owner of the phone is unable (asleep or something similar) to do so. If you are concerned about security reasons a good implementation of this API would be to always notify the user that a message from that application…

        159 votes
        Sign in
        Check!
        (thinking…)
        Reset
        or sign in with
        • facebook
        • google
          Password icon
          Signed in as (Sign out)

          We’ll send you updates on this idea

          28 comments  ·  Device - Phone / Mobile  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • API to detect incoming call and incoming number.

          API to detect incoming call and number so it can be blocked if not necessary and also can ring even in silent if it is important.

          35 votes
          Sign in
          Check!
          (thinking…)
          Reset
          or sign in with
          • facebook
          • google
            Password icon
            Signed in as (Sign out)

            We’ll send you updates on this idea

            12 comments  ·  Device - Phone / Mobile  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Chinese....

            support chinese

            9 votes
            Sign in
            Check!
            (thinking…)
            Reset
            or sign in with
            • facebook
            • google
              Password icon
              Signed in as (Sign out)

              We’ll send you updates on this idea

              3 comments  ·  Device - Phone / Mobile  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Missed call or text reminder tones

              What if we miss a call or incoming text. This should be added as an update. Give us the option to set reminder tones for these. Let us set intervals like 2 minutes et cetera.

              6 votes
              Sign in
              Check!
              (thinking…)
              Reset
              or sign in with
              • facebook
              • google
                Password icon
                Signed in as (Sign out)

                We’ll send you updates on this idea

                1 comment  ·  Device - Phone / Mobile  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add PhoneCallOrigin property in PhoneCallHistoryEntry

                In Windows 10 Mobile, any third-party app can act as a Caller-ID app to intercept the call and set the PhoneCallOrigin. But other apps cannot access PhoneCallOrigin from PhoneCallHistoryEntry.

                5 votes
                Sign in
                Check!
                (thinking…)
                Reset
                or sign in with
                • facebook
                • google
                  Password icon
                  Signed in as (Sign out)

                  We’ll send you updates on this idea

                  0 comments  ·  Device - Phone / Mobile  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow debugging suspend when picking a file

                  This is my personal "favourite": mobile - file open picker - the app suspends but it cannot be debugged. All sorts of surprises can happen with a complex app.

                  4 votes
                  Sign in
                  Check!
                  (thinking…)
                  Reset
                  or sign in with
                  • facebook
                  • google
                    Password icon
                    Signed in as (Sign out)

                    We’ll send you updates on this idea

                    5 comments  ·  Device - Phone / Mobile  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Torch Driver in Lumia's

                    Torch API doesn't work in Lumia with windows phone 8.1 support such as Lumia 830,640,...
                    Please update torch driver for these devices, we need use torch for our app's

                    3 votes
                    Sign in
                    Check!
                    (thinking…)
                    Reset
                    or sign in with
                    • facebook
                    • google
                      Password icon
                      Signed in as (Sign out)

                      We’ll send you updates on this idea

                      0 comments  ·  Device - Phone / Mobile  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Internet time synchronization

                      We need Windows Phone to synchronize its clock via the internet. In some countries this does not work via provider services.

                      3 votes
                      Sign in
                      Check!
                      (thinking…)
                      Reset
                      or sign in with
                      • facebook
                      • google
                        Password icon
                        Signed in as (Sign out)

                        We’ll send you updates on this idea

                        0 comments  ·  Device - Phone / Mobile  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Please provide APIs for call forwarding and other call management functions(hold/unhold,swap,conference,etc)

                        Please provide APIs for call forwarding and other call management functions(hold/unhold,swap,conference,etc)

                        3 votes
                        Sign in
                        Check!
                        (thinking…)
                        Reset
                        or sign in with
                        • facebook
                        • google
                          Password icon
                          Signed in as (Sign out)

                          We’ll send you updates on this idea

                          0 comments  ·  Device - Phone / Mobile  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Save as Ringtone in Windows Universal App

                          hi, there SaveRingtoneTask that works very well with Silverlight applications to add audio files as a ringtone.

                          But there is no way to add audio files as a ringtone on a Windows Universal app.

                          However, users like the idea of personalizing their ringtones smartphone.

                          2 votes
                          Sign in
                          Check!
                          (thinking…)
                          Reset
                          or sign in with
                          • facebook
                          • google
                            Password icon
                            Signed in as (Sign out)

                            We’ll send you updates on this idea

                            0 comments  ·  Device - Phone / Mobile  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • The deprecation of SuppressSystemOverlays

                            ApplicationView.SuppressSystemOverlays has been deprecated for a while, and the warning message says use TryEnterFullScreenMode instead. However, there's an important difference in behavior that has prevented is from switching.

                            With SuppressSystemOverlays, you can still force the status bar to show using StatusBar.ShowAsync. When you use full screen mode, StatusBar.ShowAsync doesn't work.

                            To give you some context why this matters to us, our app is a video streaming app with both VoD and live TV content. When the user starts video playback on a phone, we use SuppressSystemOverlays to hide the navigation bar (on devices such as Lumia 950 that has them)…

                            1 vote
                            Sign in
                            Check!
                            (thinking…)
                            Reset
                            or sign in with
                            • facebook
                            • google
                              Password icon
                              Signed in as (Sign out)

                              We’ll send you updates on this idea

                              0 comments  ·  Device - Phone / Mobile  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Don't see your idea?

                            Feedback and Knowledge Base