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  1. XAML for live tiles

    Allow developers to implement an interface(s) on a user control and "submit" that instead of just filling in a tile data structure. This will make tiles truly "live" and open up the live of WP7 to new applications. This is also completely secure because the runtime can analyze the class (and it's IL) being submitted. A bevy of restrictions can also be heaped on the said user control in order to maintain performance and not sap battery life. Let Live tiles be live, please.

    467 votes
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      12 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      It’s great to see that XAML for Live Tiles is so highly requested!

      In Windows 10, we created Adaptive Tile Notifications, which partially addresses this issue. Adaptive is a lightweight XML way to define your tile notification’s appearance. It isn’t as powerful as XAML, and it isn’t animated, but it’s a step in the right direction. The MSN Weather app uses Adaptive to create their rich and beautiful live tile.

      Learn more about Adaptive here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/tiles_and_toasts/archive/2015/06/30/adaptive-tile-templates-schema-and-documentation.aspx

      In the future, we’ll definitely look at how we can make Live Tiles even better, potentially by supporting XAML. There are performance and other implementation issues, but we definitely understand the need for it.

      Thanks!
      Andrew – Windows Notifications

    • Enable WinAppDriver for Xbox and Mobile

      Right now WinAppDriver only works on desktop.

      Getting these capabilities across the Windows ecosystem would fulfill the promise of a unified Windows. Making it possible for us to write tests, and code once and have it being tested in an autonomous way. So that in theory, our applications could report and find bugs for us.

      Before our users find them.

      Thanks in advance. Looking forward to the progress you're doing :D

      28 votes
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        on the backlog  ·  2 comments  ·  UI Testing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • active installations Vs total downloads

        It would be good to know not only the number of downloads but also how many are active still.
        If you have seen the google store they show active installations more prominently than total download count - and that actually makes sense considering the amount of trash apps going around in all the phone o/s .

        97 votes
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          6 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  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…

          31 votes
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            0 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Nullable dependency properties

            Should be clear, nullable properties in XAML should be supported and not give the error "Cannot assign to nullable type on property".
            This is really way too long in UWP Xaml not addressed.

            public static readonly DependencyProperty IsTestProperty = DependencyProperty.Register(nameof(IsTest),typeof(bool?),typeof(ControlY, null);

            public bool? IsTest
            {
            get { return (bool?)GetValue(IsTestProperty); }
            set { SetValue(IsTestProperty, value); }
            }

            <uc:ControlY IsTest="true" />

            5 votes
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              2 comments  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Custom audio in toast message bug

              Currently, UWP app has to be installed in device memory in order to use custom audio file in toast notification. In case app is installed in SD card and notification uses custom audio file, default notification sound is played instead of custom audio file.

              5 votes
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                Thanks for posting this bug here Viktor! Our devs investigated this bug, but we unfortunately won’t be able to fix it for the upcoming Creators Update. However, we will look at fixing it for the subsequent release!

                If your app is also affected by this, please vote and also leave a comment telling us what your app is!

              • Add an ExpirationTime property to the ScheduledToastNotification

                The ToastNotification object has a convenient ExpirationTime property that automatically dismisses it after a given period. Unfortunately, the ScheduledToastNotification, which is just a ToastNotofcation but "scheduled", lacks this helping feature. This makes me, as a developer, scracth my head and write a lot of code including background tasks just so I circumvent this problem and not have the users of my app get crowded with not-so-relevant-anymore notifications in their action center.
                Thank you.

                2 votes
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                • Make it harder to decompile sources from appx packages

                  Windows Phone Silvelight XAPs were signed, so anyone donwloading them through the Store (manual download) could not have easy access to the sources of the app.

                  Now with Universal apps / WinRT (.appx), our binaries are not longer signed as a whole, any script kiddie can unzip and decompile any app.

                  That's a huge problem regarding developer investing on the platform.

                  172 votes
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                    on the backlog  ·  1 comment  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • make it possible to declare an OnClick event for live tiles

                    Make it possible to optionally declare a function OnClick() for live tiles, such that this code is executed when the live tiles is presed without leaving the home screen. Think about WiFi toggles, music controls, unmute/ mute etc.

                    10 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add TreeView control to UWP same as in System.Windows.Controls.TreeView

                      Add TreeView control to UWP same as in System.Windows.Controls.TreeView

                      57 votes
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                        3 comments  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Console application model in UWP platform

                        UWP platform lack classic console application model.
                        Why it's important? First example when it would be useful are unit tests that can be started on build server, powershell script or some other automatic tool. Console app model is a natural way to handle things in many use cases. What is most important, these console UWP apps would be built for and run on UWP platform and so it would be a perfect for testing or automation purposes if UWP platform is exactly needed. For mobile devices it would be perfect to use "remote console" feature, so desktop development environment would…

                        4 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow Developers to 'roll back' to a previous update without re-certification

                          Occasionally an update to an app gets past developer & certification testing and is released into the wild. Even if the bug is an easy fix for the developer it will take the certification team the standard 4+ days to certify the new build and publish it.

                          Instead of this we should be allowed to roll back to a previously published version without going through certification. That way the users will be back on a stable release (or will not be prompted for an update if they were still on the previous release) and the developer will not feel rushed…

                          237 votes
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                            10 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Thanks folks for the suggestion and the on-going commentary. We’re marking this as ‘under review’ to acknowledge that the team is aware of this request. This is a very complicated/hard item for implementation, and there is a general feel that the new accelerated certification process alleviates much of the need (as an update can be published, for most folks, in less than an hour – rather than in 4 days).

                            That being said, continue to weigh in on the comments section.

                          • 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.

                            200 votes
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                              16 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • download and upload multiple files

                              I need to select multiple files to be downloaded/uploaded one time
                              not one by one each time

                              13 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Windows Device Portal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Live tile animations or live tile from xaml

                                Live tiles are great. Would prefer some way to great animated live tiles like the Xbox games or music apps.

                                Also good if we have a convenient way to create live tiles from xaml. Currently need to generate a bitmap image which not works well for list, etc…

                                122 votes
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                                  5 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • SMS Access API

                                  Please provide an API that provides access to the texts to allow developers to implement an application to enable scenarios such as reading or archiving SMS messages.

                                  4,231 votes
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                                    436 comments  ·  Device - Phone / Mobile  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Currently, the platform provides a number of SMS Access from a system eventing perspective (as of Windows Phone 8.1), and Windows Phone supports sms backup/restore for consumers as part of the base OS (Settings → Backup). What we don’t provide is a backup API.

                                    Using SMS events: Check out the Build 2014 session (http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2014/2-518) or MSDN docs on background tasks (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsphone/develop/hh977056.aspx)

                                    Although the capabilities are there from a consumer perspective (the core ask for the suggestion), I’m marking this as ‘Under Review’ for the API perspective. The team is aware of the ask and it is something that is being considered.

                                  • Add a SavePng extension to WriteableBitmap (similar to SaveJpeg)

                                    When you create a tile dynamically, it is common to want to save it as a Png file so that it uses transparency (so that it respects the theme accent color).
                                    However, there is no built in method to save a WriteableBitmap as a png.
                                    There is however a nice extension to save it to jpg, but that doesn't help if you want to use transparency to leverage the theme accent color in your tile.

                                    I think many apps that need to generate a tile dynamically will encounter this issue.

                                    153 votes
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                                      5 comments  ·  Audio/Graphics/Media playback  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Allow uiAccess, elevated privs to pave the road for getting rid of MSI

                                      Completely separate out UWP from its ties with sandboxing and the windows store. If we look at .appx/the new installation mechanism as a much saner version of app installation, then the more applications it allows, the better. Centennial takes big steps towards that, but I'd like to go even further.

                                      My example: An interactive screen sharing app. It requires uiAccess (if I recall correctly, so that it can intercept alt+tab for sending to the remote host) and elevated privileges (so that it can send input events to elevated processes such as regedit, taskmgr, etc for when the remote user has…

                                      4 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Thank you for your feedback. uiAccess is on our backlog. See Thomas’s reply regarding elevation.

                                      • MaskedTextBox Control

                                        The TextBox control is the most used control in a Windows program. It also cause a lot of problem either from QA or the user because of invalid data that was entered. Using a masked control will save a lot of time for the developer and reduce the complaints and bugs

                                        206 votes
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                                          on the backlog  ·  4 comments  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • DataGrid Control for WinRT

                                          Some business applications require this type of control!!!
                                          Windows Store Apps for the line-of-business (LOB) apps need help.

                                          16 votes
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                                            on the backlog  ·  5 comments  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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