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  1. WinAppDriver: Ability to run application with arguments

    It would be great to have an ability to run application with arguments using WinAppDriver. For example, run installer from MSI package:
    dc.SetCapability("app", @"C:\windows\system32\msiexec.exe");
    dc.SetCapability("args", @"/i C:\installer.msi");

    Currently it is possible to do it using Winium, but not possible to do using WinAppDriver.

    14 votes
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      on the backlog  ·  0 comments  ·  UI Testing  ·  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…

      125 votes
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        5 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • PasswordBox with Number only keyboard

        it would be helpfull to have a passwordBox like control which supports Number only keyboard. Numeric only passwords makes more sense for Smartphone world as its fast, convenient and easy to type.

        118 votes
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          4 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Custom keyboard via code

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

          1,865 votes
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            67 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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.

            179 votes
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              on the backlog  ·  1 comment  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  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…

              242 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.

              • 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 .

                99 votes
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                  6 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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.

                  158 votes
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                    5 comments  ·  Audio/Graphics/Media playback  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Vector Tiles, App List icons, and App Bar icons

                    It would be nice to see Windows Phone move to optional vector based icons instead of static bitmaps.

                    This would allow the application bar (or appbar) to resize if say HD screens were added.

                    Ideally, users would only need 2 icons for the marketplace: 'Tile' (contains the application name), and 'List' (just the icon for the app list). Appbars could be created at 48x48 and resized as needed.

                    I know this is a pain on developers that are not designers or have designers, but an option would be nice time saver for the future. Currently I know of developers creating…

                    35 votes
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                      3 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Thanks for this suggestion! We totally understand that there’s a ton of icons at various sizes that you have to create when building a new app. In the future, we will look at how we can improve this experience (vector images would likely be the solution).

                      In the meantime, here’s two great resources that help generate all the various scale factor images…

                      - Photoshop actions (for full control): http://blogs.msdn.com/b/madenwal/archive/2015/11/24/photoshop-templates-amp-actions-for-generating-image-assets-for-windows-10-uwp-applications.aspx - Visual Studio extension (fastest option): https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/09611e90-f3e8-44b7-9c83-18dba8275bb2?SRC=VSIDE

                      Thanks!
                      Andrew – Windows Notifications

                    • 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

                      211 votes
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                        on the backlog  ·  4 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • ToUpper property on TextBox

                        Please create this option native to TextBox control
                        It's very usefull in WinForm projects and could speed up development on universal app too.

                        285 votes
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                          3 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 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.

                          476 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

                          • UI Access support for Centennial Converter

                            We have a uwp in the store and a desktop companion app. Currently to install our software (and have it function) both programs are needed. Merging them into a single installer would benefit our users greatly. It seems in order to do that we need to either pull out of the store or convert our desktop app to a uwp and merge the two installers. The issue we run into is that our desktop app uses ui access. Is ui access support on the list of upcoming features? Having a good informed answer to this question will help tremendously in helping us understand how…

                            4 votes
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                              4 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Allow to pass runtime arguments to Windows.ApplicationModel.FullTrustProcessLauncher.LaunchFullTrustProcessForCurrentAppAsync()

                              Allow us to use runtime arguments for Windows.ApplicationModel.FullTrustProcessLauncher.LaunchFullTrustProcessForCurrentAppAsync() in addition to the parameters declared in the manifest

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                                0 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Specify Arguments in AppxManifest.xml for Application Executable

                                Many developer will be bringing java / python / etc applications to the Windows Store via the Desktop Bridge.

                                It would be great if the <Application Executable="launcher.exe"> element or the <uap3:Extension Category="windows.appExecutionAlias"> element would allow me to specify arguments in the AppxManifest.xml file.

                                That would allow me to use the bundled javaw.exe or python.exe directly and instead of having to use my own launcher that effectively does nothing but call javaw.exe / python.exe with some predefined arguments.

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                                  0 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Allow context menu verbs with file explorer integration without having a file type association

                                  On this page, there is explanation how to make a file explorer integration on a desktop bridge app:
                                  https://msdn.microsoft.com/sv-se/windows/uwp/porting/desktop-to-uwp-extensions

                                  In short you could add something like this in your manifest-file:

                                  <uap3:Extension Category="windows.fileTypeAssociation">
                                  <uap3:FileTypeAssociation Name="MyApp">
                                  <uap:SupportedFileTypes>
                                  <uap:FileType MultiSelectModel="Document">.txt</uap:FileType>
                                  <uap:FileType>.foo</uap:FileType>
                                  </uap:SupportedFileTypes>
                                  <uap2:SupportedVerbs>
                                  <uap3:Verb Id="Edit" Parameters="/e &quot;%1&quot;">Edit</uap3:Verb>
                                  <uap3:Verb Id="Print" Parameters="/p &quot;%1&quot;">Print</uap3:Verb>
                                  </uap2:SupportedVerbs>
                                  <uap:Logo>Assets\MyExtensionLogo.png</uap:Logo>
                                  </uap3:FileTypeAssociation>
                                  </uap3:Extension>

                                  I’m working on porting an app that could calculate MD5 checksums on a file. I want to add this as a context menu option on for instance zip and iso-files. But it’s not possible to do this without making a file type association as I get it :(.…

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                                    3 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • The installed Centennial executable does not know about its installed folders and cannot find them.

                                    For example, if in the msi/ appx is added folder, like Samples or Projects, it cannot be found by the open/ save dialogs, with set "Initial Directory", opened by the installed executable, even if the folder is installed in the installed executable's folder. Actually, initially I constructed the msi by placing the folder in the Documents folder, but the Centennial does not install it there, but in the VFS\.... It will be hard for the user to find these kind of folders too.

                                    9 votes
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                                      7 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  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…

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                                        0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • 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

                                        44 votes
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                                          on the backlog  ·  2 comments  ·  UI Testing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add TileMode and View* properties on TileBrush

                                          In WinRT, the TileBrush class is missing the TileMode and View* properties that are present in other frameworks like WPF and Silverlight. Please add these properties so that we can support image tiling properly.

                                          There are tons of requests for this over the past years. See this thread for an example:

                                          http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsapps/en-US/bb5aa859-e3d1-46f2-a661-d4bdbee9a1f2/windowsuixamlmediaimagebrush?forum=winappswithcsharp

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