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  1. Documentation for App URI Schemes

    The windows phone developer site should have a place where app developers can search for URI schemes used in other windows phone apps, and get relevant documentation for them.

    When submitting an app the store submission process should prompt you to link to documentation for any URI schemes your app includes in the manifest file, or mark them as private URIs if you don't want to document them.

    This idea came from a conversation around Matt Lacey's blog post: http://mrlac.eu/1lxwDi4 where he found over 300 URI schemes from some of the top apps in the store, many of which do…

    85 votes
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      2 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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

      75 votes
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      • 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.

        41 votes
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        • Preserve exif information of Images while saving in Isolated storage or Media library

          We can access exif info (limited) using a Picture object when dealing with Media library. But if we try to save an Image within app inside Media library or some Isolated storage we can't prserve exif info of that image. A better manipulation of exif APIs will be very helpfull. Read the given link for more details: http://forums.create.msdn.com/forums/p/84673/510718.aspx#510718

          22 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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            • Trial feature should be built-in.

              The trial feature should be built-in with automatic enforcement, user prompting, disabling, etc, just as it is in the Windows Store.

              In the Windows store, I can choose trial mode for my app, and then pick the number of days I want the trial to last. From there, everything is taken care of for me. If the user uninstalls during a trial, it tracks this fact and prevents them from starting a new trial later.

              Contrast this with the Windows Phone world, where the developer indicates trial mode in the store, but has to manually track the number of days…

              18 votes
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              • Error Reporting Service

                System supported application error reporting service, that would report back to developers application crashes and details.

                17 votes
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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...

                  11 votes
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                  • Enable the tile home screen & the whole phone to work in 270 degree landscape mod

                    with this mod we can enjoy the platform more the than ever before is to make in the landscape like the upcoming windows 8 or like the original tile home screen from up to down or down to up

                    9 votes
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                    • Multitasking support

                      Return back a multi-task support (may be optional?) will significal improve advanced users experience. In current situation its almost impossible to create some kind of applications, such as different trackers, survilence etc

                      9 votes
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                      • Windows Phone Tools Self-Install instead of Web-Install

                        It would be very nice to be able to download the entire Windows Phone Tools and install it, instead of having to use the web for installation. I am a teacher and having to install it this way for the entire lab takes forever.

                        9 votes
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                        • Make Notepad open-source

                          Notepad has been updated to support Line endings from Unix, Linux, and Mac. I think we should take it one step further and make Notepad opensource like Powershell so the open-source community can continue to add features to Notepad to become the go-to text editor for performing quick edits of programming.

                          8 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

                            8 votes
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                            • Photo chooser improvement

                              Photo chooser should also allow us to customize the photo chooser task like the one in Photos Hub. The photo chooser task needs to support selecting multiple pictures feature, and add an app bar to it.

                              7 votes
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                              • Progress or status notice on EmailComposeTask

                                There is currently no way to know if an EmailComposeTask was cancelled or got an error while sending. I need to be able to tell if the user actually went through with the email to know whether to delete the email text. Otherwise I have to ask the user if they sent it (poor user experience).

                                7 votes
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                                • Allow launching app from URI using QR code scan on Search/Vision screen

                                  It will be very useful if user can scan custom QR code from other screen or poster from phone Search / Vision function and launch app via associated URI saved in QR code. According to documentation it is only possible using NFC (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsphone/develop/jj206987(v=vs.105).aspx#BKMK_URIassociations)

                                  6 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.

                                    5 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…

                                      4 votes
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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.

                                        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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