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  1. Stabilize Virtual Desktop API

    Currently there's a set of COM APIs, that provide access to Virtual Desktop-related features, like pinning apps to desktops, switching desktops, etc. Unfortunately, most of it is undocumented, and does not seem to be stabilized (2018 Spring Update for instance changed IApplicationView's CLSID, so apps using it stopped working).

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      9 comments  ·  Device - Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add in Windows.Media.Casting Namespace desktop as Casting Source!

      Improvements of casting via Miracast to support desktop as casting source.

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        1 comment  ·  Device - Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Extend maximum size for CompactOverlay view mode.

        The ApplicationViewMode CompactOverlay (also known as "Picture-in-Picture", "Mini-Mode" or "Always-on-top") for UWP apps has a maximum window size, which seems to be a square with sides of approximately half screen height.

        I got several user feedback if I could provide a larger compact overlay.
        Unfortunately I can not, since this is limited through Windows.

        Is there a good reason for this somehow arbitrary limit? (Other than "our product manager said 500 pixels are a good maximum width and height for something called compact"😋)
        Could you please increase the maximum size or better: remove it at all! Seems my users would…

        6 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Device - Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Update and shut down

          When you choose "Update and shut down" option when an update is available, let it complete everything before shutting down, therefore when I turn on the PC next time everything is already completed and there's nothing else to finish.

          I always choose that option at night when I shut down the PC and in the morning I always still have something else unfinished to be updated.

          3 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Device - Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Cpu.o.s 1.0

            Tengo el software que puede desaparecer windows pesa 250 mb mas poderoso que cualquier otro oferten

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              0 comments  ·  Device - Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Window Startup Position/Location

              Currently there does not appear to be a way to set a window's startup position (left, top, width/right, height/bottom), beyond full-screen and/or maximized. Also, the last used position for a given window isn't saved intrinsically. Windows launch at random places on the desktop. I understand this need does not really exist for mobile. But for many desktop applications, specifically container applications, managing windows is a core feature objective.

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                1 comment  ·  Device - Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Navigate to users directory with Linux style

                Most of my working data lives on C:\Users\my-name\ folder so I want to navigate to it as quick as possible. I believe many Linux users love the `~` or `/` path.

                For example, when I want to go to my user path, just Ctrl + R, enter ~, then press Enter.

                Or want to go to System drive path, currently, I press Windows key, enter C:, then press enter. It's good but / is save me less time than C:

                Thank you!

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                  0 comments  ·  Device - Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • AppX uninstall doesn't cleanup application frame data

                  I hear a lot about “clean uninstall” but we noticed a few months ago appx leaves some stuff behind. Specifically, persisted appframe window sizing data remains behind, potentially leaving the user/dev in a potential bad or confusing window state.

                  See the data piling up in the following stores:
                  • HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ApplicationFrame\WindowSizing
                  • HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ApplicationFrame\Positions
                  • HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ApplicationFrame\TitleBar

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                    0 comments  ·  Device - Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add WMI support for UWP

                    Please add WMI support on UWP. I'm aware of the sandboxing. But if I'm designing an app just for a desktop, I should be able to get remote device info, remote registry read-write, copy-write files, etc remotely.

                    Basically I should be able to admin a remote desktop.

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                      0 comments  ·  Device - Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Larger minimum window size for UWP

                      The SetPreferredMinSize() function should allow window sizes greater than 500 x 500px. We are currently developing for desktop-only screens (we have control over the device types), and want to prevent users from sizing the window smaller than 992px x 700px. This application is far too complex for mobile screens and 500 x 500 is too small. Is this an option we can hope for in the near future? Thank you,

                      4 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Device - Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Disable sets

                        Please give developers the option to not participate in the upcoming sets feature.

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                          0 comments  ·  Device - Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Have an option to boot straight to the BIOS menu

                          With SSDs and faster processors boot up is often times only a second, sometimes less. It has become difficult to both know what key you need to press, and get the timing of the press correct to be able to access your BIOS. It would be nice if there were an option somewhere where you could reboot your system straight into the BIOS menu.

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                            0 comments  ·  Device - Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow disabling character-set-independent function aliases in Win32 API

                            Many functions in the Windows API are offered in both Unicode and ANSI variants - for example, CreateFileW and CreateFileA - and the header sets a preprocessor define CreateFile that resolves to one of the two based on whether UNICODE is defined.

                            This means that any file which includes windows.h is getting these macros dumped into the global namespace - which causes problems if we want to have a function named 'CreateFile' in our own code (even in our own namespaces/classes).

                            We'd be much happier if we could just avoid defining these macros entirely, to avoid any possible issues. We're…

                            6 votes
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