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  1. More artwork in SDK

    Distribute more application bar icons in SDK (at least each one used by built-in applications); provide forum/marketplace for other artwork, including control templates & styles.

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      1 comment  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Java SDK to develop Windows apps

      Java is the most used language and the main factor to run Android forward. C# is better but still most developers (more then 40%) like to code in Java because they used to it sinve they started to study Object Oriented Programming in institutions. Making Windows Phone SDK that supports Java and a better documentation will increase apps and games count in the store. You can take example from Microsoft Azure, they are leading in their field as they gives support almost every developer by providing his language support. Be possitive Microsoft, as a Microsoft fanboy since age 6 I…

      53 votes
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        6 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Deploy while debugging/deployment should unlock the screen

        When developing with the phone connected via USB, having the screen lock itself is very annoying, and makes app deployment fail.

        Some WP7 phone (not the AT&T Samsung Focus) have a "never" screen timeout. However this is for battery and powered scenarios, and you don't want to be manually switching it back and forth all the time. Some of us are stuck with a phone that locks itself all the time. The screen lock also interrupts or prevents app deployment. This makes Visual Studio fail to start the debugging session.

        An app deployment should unlock the screen and reset the…

        43 votes
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          6 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Full emulator support in WinAppDeployCmd

          There appears to be no way to deploy an app to a Windows 10 Emulator outside of manually doing so in Visual Studio. We also have no entries listed for Windows 10 emulators (running or not) in the 'devices' output.

          The biggest issue/ask is to deploy an app to an emulator via that command line tool, in much the same way the AppDeployCmd worked for 8.1. Without that, we have no means to wrap our own tooling to launch and install built apps to the emulator.

          The older tooling (AppDeployCmd.exe) would allow us to list the available emulators we could…

          32 votes
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          • App Metadata Should Be Part of the Project

            I would like to see the metadata be part of the project in VS. This would allow (as others have suggested) a more streamlined process for tracking changes and perhaps even uploading a single package without having to fill in the blanks. An editor (like properties/settings) would be great.

            29 votes
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            • intelllitrace

              It would be really neat to be able to use Intellitrace when developing WP8 or WP8.1 apps.
              Intellitrace is a cool new way to debug complex apps without having tons of logging code and numerous breakpoints
              http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ee336126.aspx

              13 votes
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              • Provide Offline Marketplace Certification tools

                Provide a pre-certification tool that runs all the tests the Marketplace certification tool runs.
                So developpers can have more confidence it will pass the tests and fix the issues before submitting to the marketplace.
                Time saver for Developers and Microsoft.

                12 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Support the Edit-and-Continue Visual Studio debugging feature

                  Visual Studio provides a Edit and Continue feature allowing a developer to write code while debugging.

                  When an exception is thrown and intercepted by the debugger, Edit and Continue permits to change your code right while debugging to make the code continue.

                  In fact when the debugger is in break mode, you can edit the local function being executed.

                  Silverlight and Windows Phone does not support that right now. It would be great to have this feature.

                  11 votes
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                  • Support custom shaders (HLSL)

                    Allow applications to define custom shaders in HLSL. This will allow sophisticated game graphics and real-time image processing. Also allow access to MP4 encoder library (hardware accelerated) so apps can generate their own videos. This should also allow apps to read existing videos, modify frames and write them back.

                    10 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Isolated Storage Explorer

                      In SDK give an UI explorer view for Isolated Storage to download, upload isolated storage files from device to desktop. This will help in testing out and debugging applications which use Isolated storage significantly.

                      10 votes
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                      • Improve Exceptions for WinRT/UWP

                        Actually, exceptions thrown by UWP APIs are just painfully awful. Please, bring back old-schoold and detailed exceptions like in the rock solid .NET for Win32.

                        Too many empty StackTraces, too many "An error as occurred", too many approximative and vague exceptions.

                        I understand that the unnecessary JavaScript made WinRT insanely complex to design... but please... Exceptions are there for a reason... Not to just be "an error has occurred" message.

                        Thanks

                        8 votes
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                        • Make TShell available to developers

                          Make TShell available to all developers, not only OEM manufacturers.

                          On other platforms (iPhone, Android) such tools as TShell a readily available to all developers. Opening TShell to developers will provide them with more tools to debug hard bugs, understand platforms and develop new tools to make development for WP easier.

                          8 votes
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                          • enable all libraries in the background agent

                            we can't use some important libraries in the background agent like "Microsoft.devices.sensors"

                            that limite our power to creat a good application

                            8 votes
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                            • Network activity profiler functionality

                              In addition to the existing profiler tool, a network activity profiler should be given so that we can analyse network activities that are happening, potentially helping in troubleshooting cases wheter network activites are becoming bottleneck for app responsiveness. or to identify amount of network transfer.

                              6 votes
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                              • Add support for language switching within the Visual Studio/Blend designer

                                Add the support in the Visual Studio designer to preview another language than the app default language

                                6 votes
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                                • Account SDK

                                  I am thinking about a SDK to allow me to create an "account app". So like google, facebook, linkedin I want to create contacts, calendar and access to message hub (also writing messages with my account).

                                  Marketplace upload of this kind should be more restricted to avoid problems.

                                  5 votes
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                                  • Merge Windows Phone and Windows 8 Bing Maps APIs

                                    Trying to develop a universal Bing Maps app (for Windows Phone and Windows 8 platforms) is a nightmare, due to the vastly different mapping APIs. They are both doing the same things, but with completely different models. Can you please choose one model or the other and support it on both platforms?

                                    5 votes
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                                    • Swift support for UWP

                                      The language Swift was created by Apple for use on iOS and macOS. It was made open source in 2015. It has support for Linux and I think Windows should gain support too. Adding this may encourage more developers to port their apps to Windows from iOS and make things more familiar.

                                      5 votes
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                                      • Register domain so a url can open an application

                                        I would like to register a url with my application so that when someone clicks http://www.mydomain.com/ in the browser or is redirected to the browser from another application they are given the option to open my application instead of the browser. With default options etc...

                                        This would be good in Windows 8 too.

                                        5 votes
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                                        • AddressChooserTask get finer detail (i.e. postcode)

                                          The event arguments from the AddressChooserTask only returns the contact address as a string. So if we need a specific part of the address we'd have to do some fairly tricky parsing. It would be nice if we had finer access so we could specifically get, say, the postcode.

                                          When entering address details for a contact the address details are split into different fields anyway so one would expect to be able to access them individually from the result an AddressChooserTask as well.

                                          5 votes
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