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  1. Custom keyboard via code

    Allow to developers create a custom keyboard. eg. choose letters and numbers together

    1,863 votes
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      66 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • F# support in .Net native for UWP

      There has been some discussion on the blog post http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dotnet/archive/2015/07/30/universal-windows-apps-in-net.aspx?PageIndex=2#comments for supporting F# in the .Net native toolchain for UWP. I had posted this on the VS uservoice site https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/7542181-add-f-support-for-net-native but it looks like that was the wrong place to do that. I hope the votes that request got will be considered for this. A lot of people are moving to F# PCLs for library code and to be able to use those PCLs in the UWP and get native compilation via .Net native tools would be great.

      824 votes
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        84 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        F# team just posted an update on their GitHub. https://github.com/Microsoft/visualfsharp/issues/1096

        This is still a work in progress. One key thing from that post is some of these features and fixes have already been underway for months. While we’ve been investigating F#-specific issues in .NET Native, the team has continued to improve .NET Native. One feature known as “universal shared generics” is likely to have improved .NET Native’s support for F#, even without that being an explicit goal of the feature.

      • Make Universal Windows Platform Open Source and Cross-Platform

        With the advent of //build 2015, the vision and direction of Microsoft seems to be open source and cross platform. This appears to be the case for every new product from Microsoft except for the Universal Windows Platform.

        It would be great, ideal, and wonderfully awesome to see this platform reach consistency with the rest of the organization and embrace the ideals, values, and benefits from being open source and cross platform like other areas of Microsoft now are (or are on their way to being).

        Please provide consistency throughout the entire Microsoft development ecosystem!

        703 votes
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          26 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Windows 10 UWP should support Reflection.Emit for Mocking frameworks

          The lack of Reflection.Emit in UWP significantly impacts the ability of developers to create clean, AAA-compliant unit tests in an MVVM environment (the recommended architecture for building UWP apps). With no Reflection.Emit it is impossible to build a Mocking framework for providing testable implementations of interfaces used in Dependency Injection.

          220 votes
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            15 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Splash screen for UWP apps should be optional

            Currently you have to provide a Splash Screen to get your app to pass the certification kit, which should really be a developer's choice like before.

            Splash screens are evil.

            http://vgable.com/blog/2010/01/13/splash-screens-are-evil/

            http://cyrilmottier.com/2012/05/03/splash-screens-are-evil-dont-use-them/

            https://medium.com/@DevAhamed/splash-screens-4afa874ed70 (Its not Branding, Its Annoying)

            You don't have to agree with me and all the links above, but at least make it optional.

            205 votes
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              16 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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.

              179 votes
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                14 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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…

                93 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • SIP Stack

                  A business feature that would be really nice to have support for it the ability to tie into a VoIP network for voip phone calls... the most common architecture is the SIP (Session Initiation Protocol). So I would like the ability to configure a SIP client that ties into our VoIP PBX and phone system.. so my WP7 would basically become my desk phone (extension). The only way this would really work well is if it ran in the background like the phone's native phone functionality.

                  81 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Expand/Enable Universal Windows Platform to Transpile to JavaScript (iOS/Droid Compatibility)

                    Companies like CSHTML5 (http://cshtml5.com) and DuoCode (http://duoco.de) are already doing this, but it would be great to see this effort officially adopted into the Microsoft Universal Windows Platform.

                    Using Roslyn (as DuoCode does), UWP Applications written in Xaml and C#/VB.NET get transpiled into JavaScript and rendered via HTML5 canvas. The results of which could be hosted anywhere that HTML5/JS can run, notably iOS and Droid platforms. Or even on a regular ol' website.

                    A mechanism that operates like PhoneGap/Cordova would have to be implemented so that access to external hardware APIs can be achieved.

                    That way,…

                    80 votes
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                      3 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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.

                      63 votes
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                        3 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow unsafe code

                        Full unsafe code support would:
                        1) Allow more code to be shared across platforms, and
                        2) Increase the performance of applications that needed it.

                        Here's a use case example:
                        I'm the author of BEPUphysics, a real-time simulation library. I wish to support many platforms as best I can with as much common code as possible. Unfortunately, in the current situation, I can't have the best of both worlds. If my goal is optimal performance, I must maintain separate codebases for a bunch of low-level queries and data structures. On the other hand, if my goal is as much common code…

                        56 votes
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                        • Shell Context Menus.

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

                          54 votes
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                            9 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Provide developers and API to access default system sounds (such as those found in Settings - ringtones+sounds)

                            It would be really helpful if, for example, a developer makes an app that takes advantage of the schedule alarm API, and would like to enable the user to select a custom ringtone for that alarm. This API proposal would enable the user to select from many ringtones already available on the phone, and save developers the trouble of having to implement their own custom ringtones.

                            49 votes
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                            • Dynamically Load Assembly

                              Add the Assembly.Load method which accepts byte[] as a parameter in order to load an assembly in to the app domain. All the other platforms support this: .Net, Silverlight, Android (Xamarin), and even iOS (Xamarin)!

                              Why is the UWP team stubbornly resisting this? Without this UWP is more or less a toy because any customization requires that the app be deployed completely separately. Other platforms allow for customization to be downloaded and dynamically loaded in to the app domain.

                              48 votes
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                              • Add Implicit Datatemplates to UWP

                                This Idea has already been posted for WinRT 5 years ago: https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/110705-universal-windows-platform/suggestions/2831450-implicit-datatemplates-for-winrt

                                I'd like to have implicit DataTemplates in UWP. The main scenario is MVVM and resolving a View from a ViewModel. This scenario is described in this post: https://www.thomasclaudiushuber.com/2017/03/10/building-a-classic-tabbed-and-databound-desktop-app-with-uwp/

                                48 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • API Create/Edit Documents Office for WinRT

                                  Developers need create/edit document from Windows Store Apps.
                                  Thereby, integrate WinRT apps with Office.

                                  OpenXML SDK Office for WinRT
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                                  Office Primary Interop Assembly Classes for WinRT

                                  Win8 applications need to be more productive for businesses!

                                  47 votes
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                                  • [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/

                                    42 votes
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                                    • Universal Apps drag & drop - remove read-only attribute

                                      Please add a "Windows 10 Apps" category to this UserVoice.

                                      When drag/dropping files/folders onto Universal Apps, the read-only attribute is set, making it impossible to edit those files/folders. There should be a way, e.g. through manifest, to allow this kind of interaction.

                                      After all, drag/drop is a conscious user interaction (like a picker) and does not happen without their knowledge.

                                      35 votes
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                                      • Allow Windows Runtime public class inheritance

                                        Windows Runtime is a great platform, but it lacks some really basic things.

                                        One of those basic things is public class inheritance. Windows Runtime should allow public non-sealed classes. This is already implemented for XAML classes, now this should be available for all Windows Runtime components.

                                        You could also consider implementing this partially: for example, allow inheritance only between managed WinRT classes, and deriving managed classes from native WinRT classes.

                                        30 votes
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                                        • Provide API to lock & unlock the screen, and provide API to display customized window to replace the default unlocking window

                                          The customized unlock apps are very popular on android and symbian, we hope that we could do the same on WP7.

                                          28 votes
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