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  1. Create UWP(or Xamarin) Community Tutorial where devs can help creating tutorials

    We can see the support of communities in UWPCommunityToolkit. It would be nice to have a UWP(or Xamarin) Community Tutorial where devs can contribute to the tutorial and make it up to date. As a self-learner, it is very hard to find a tutorial to learn new things.

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    • Enable Hyper-V on all version of Windows

      For developing and testing virtualized apps with the latest features we need Hyper-V but it isn't available on all versions, so our best option is install Linux.

      Similar issue: https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/110705-universal-windows-platform/suggestions/7761381-allow-to-develop-and-test-windows-phone-apps-on-al

      66 votes
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      • I would like to use containers, and VmWare the same time on Windows 10.

        I am unable to use containers and VmWare/VirtualBox on Windows 10 at the same time due to the restriction of Hyper-V. This restriction does not exist on Linux, and MacOS. Why force me to reboot to disable/enable Hyper-V? Why does Hyper-V lock out other virtualization software?

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        • Edit source while app is still running

          Make it really smooth to update code of a UWP app. Like you are already doing with the XAML part, the app is automatically reloaded without being shut down and relaunched.

          It could be really good to hot reload the app when changing C# or XAML code. It could save us (developers) a lot of time.

          3 votes
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          • Provide (or rather don't take them down) virtual machines for all previous versions of Windows 10

            This is not really completely UWP related, but Microsoft should provide free virtual machines of all Windows 10 versions for testing purposes, as in my experience UWP is really fragile and could make my app behave differently in every version.

            I'm talking about this website:
            https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/downloads/virtual-machines

            The problem is it always provides the latest version only. All I'm asking is, when a new version of Windows 10 is released, please keep the old VMs still in there.

            2 votes
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            • Sample how to create a custom virtualizing panel and good article on how UI virtualization works in UWP

              Developers need to have good and deep understanding of how UI virtualization works on UWP app

              4 votes
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              • Make adobe Xd exportable to xaml

                have an exporter for a Adobe XD file that could translate to XAML.

                Bonus points for it to be xaml standard compliant

                For example:
                Let's imagine that you drew a rectangle with yellow rounded corners and added the following text in it "Login", right after you've grouped it, and now you want this to be a button, simply you click convert to button, and then click on toggle For XAML or click show XAML code and copy to clipboard, then you just paste the code in Xamarin.Forms in Visual Studio.
                This would make life easier for millions of developers.
                In…

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                • Visual Studio For Windows Mobile (Continuum)

                  With Windows 10 Mobile, UWP and Continuum Microsoft is focusing on enterprise customers and developers so I think bringing VS to windows mobile through continuum can be game changer.
                  I know it's not possible at the moment specially with all the hardware limitations but if you guys really are working on a surface phone, bringing visual studio to it will be so huge.
                  just imagine connecting your phone to a display device and building UWP apps on it, it can be the next big thing for developers because no developer wants to carry a 2.5kg laptop wherever he goes...

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                  • Compiler Warnings vs Errors

                    In VS2015 (and maybe in 2017) the compiler raised a warning (that we missed) that stated some of our code was "currently unsupported" by the UWP toolchain. This led to a runtime crash that took a long time to figure out. To me, something that may cause a runtime crash (and that the compiler clearly "knows" to flag) should not a warning but an error. The specific issue was:

                    warning : SG0002 : Cannot generate serialization code for type '***'
                    The 'MethodName' property of the KnownTypeAttribute on type 'ObjectModel.Entities.BaseThing' is not currently supported. See http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=723954 for more information. (TaskId:267)

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                    • 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.

                      29 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

                      • Release Generation 2 Hyper- Developer VMs

                        Microsoft releases Gen1 Hyper-V VMs for developers to get up to speed quickly with the latest incarnation of the platform. https://blogs.windows.com/buildingapps/2016/12/22/just-released-windows-developer-virtual-machines-december-2016-build/ This is awesome, and appreciated.

                        The problem is, if you want a Gen2 VM, you have to convert the VHD to VHDX, which takes hours and temporarily doubles the amount of space the hard drive takes up... and THEN you have to run this script: https://code.msdn.microsoft.com/windowsdesktop/Convert-VMGeneration-81ddafa2, which is broken on Windows 10 and, when fixed from the comments, errors out if the Linux Subsystem is installed. But you don't find this out until after the script runs for about 3 hours.

                        It would be…

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                        • Windows Developer VM: Unity

                          Please add an Azure Developer VM for Windows with Unity. Obviously the free SDK is a good start. This would allow for remote builds and such.

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                          • Translate winforms drawing code (via GDI+) HTML drawing code.

                            If you have a WinForms app you remain stuck even with Store the bridge for the store. In practical terms you are forced to make a UI technology diversion to implement new functionality.

                            Xaml doesn't look a tempting option because not useful for mobile or web and needed controls usually implemented in javascript first

                            At a application architectural level, porting WinForms to HTML/JS favours an entirely new application which follows an understood/accepted architectural pattern, then re-implement old functionality. New UI design -> New Training Materials -> new Deployment strategy. So imagine the app in question, was one written by an…

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                            • Votes gatekeeping feedback / bug reporting is ridiculous!

                              Voting for issues should be a completely separate thing from submitting bug reports. As it stands I have several "showstopper" issues regarding successful use of WSL/Ubuntu/bash that cannot be submitted because of this stupid limitation.

                              2 votes
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                              • Windows 10 Store API (Search, Details for apps) for developer

                                Allow the developer to query Windows 10 Store with RESTfull API service.
                                With Windows 8.1 we were able to search/details/images ... the store with http webservices, this feature is not available for Win10, I can't update my apps to see the new apps on the store! PLEASE IMPORTANT.

                                4 votes
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                                • Replace \r\n -> \n

                                  It is annoying having to handle both \r\n and \n. Just accept that \n is the way.

                                  4 votes
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                                  • Provide Sketch files for templates

                                    The current design documentation at https://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/apps/dn958439.aspx provides only files in Powerpoint and Adobe Illustrator formats.

                                    My company and thousands of others use Sketch to develop app interfaces, that we then give to our developers.

                                    None of Powerpoint or Illustrator files are supported by Sketch and vice-versa, so we need Sketch files to start our design work.

                                    Thanks you very much

                                    18 votes
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                                    • Add a Package.appxmanifest design time experience for mobile:Extension

                                      Today, the UI designer could not work because it cannot parse the node. "mobile:Extension". It could be good to have it fixed to allow to continue editing settings + visual assets in a Gui rather than in the xml editor

                                      ex:
                                      <Extensions>
                                      <uap:Extension Category="windows.search" />
                                      <Extension Category="windows.backgroundTasks" EntryPoint="Local.CallerIdBackgroundTask.LocalCallerIdBackgroundTask">
                                      <BackgroundTasks>
                                      <uap:Task Type="phoneCall" />
                                      </BackgroundTasks>
                                      </Extension>
                                      <mobile:Extension Category="windows.phoneCallOriginProvider"/>
                                      </Extensions>

                                      3 votes
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                                        • Improve Windows Blog Commenting System (and Developer Engagement) with Disqus

                                          Improve Windows Blog Commenting System (and Developer Engagement) with Disqus

                                          This suggestion is for the Windows Blog, and is asking to improve its current commenting system by replacing it with Disqus: https://disqus.com/

                                          Currently the Windows Blog commenting system suffers from a myriad of problems:
                                          - Poor sign-in experience and profile system.
                                          - Static, read-only posts (cannot edit/delete)
                                          - Broken/no notifications
                                          - Buggy / Easy to troll
                                          - No up/down voting

                                          Conversely, with Disqus, you get the following benefits:
                                          - Community within a community (discovery/pollination/profile system)
                                          - Reliable notifications
                                          - Editing / deleting
                                          - Flexible authentication / flagging / difficult to…

                                          3 votes
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