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  1. Windbg preview

    Windbg Preview Available for Offline Downloads
    Is there anyway you could make Windbg Preview available for offline downloading? I'm having some trouble with hackers and I would like to keep my machine offline.

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    • Get back the Offiline Symbols download,

      Get back the Offiline Symbols download,

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      • Provide TraceMft.exe as a standalone download instead of a 6 gigs SDK downdload

        All I need is TraceMft.exe to view some MSDTC logs. I assume the tool is at most 1 meg. Apparently I need to download 6 gigs worth of SDK just to get that one file.

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        • Support new *.csproj format

          use new csproj format* for uwp apps.

          *the one used in dotnet core applications

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          • driver verifier

            Please add a semi-automated "test queue mode" to Driver Verifier where you can select a group of drivers and then have Driver Verifier test them one at a time, moving down the queue one position with each reset or reboot.

            I selected a set of 3rd party drivers and my PC immediately failed to boot. Now I have a painful regime of monkey motion to go through to test them one by one (even with binary search it's going to be painful). An automated test queue would be wonderful in a situation like this. Thanks in advance for considering this.

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            • Allow configuration for the x:Bind compiler

              x:Bind is great and I love it. But it would be even better if we could configure the compiler somehow through a special screen in the properties or through an optional configuration file.

              In such a configuration we could enter for example default binding modes for specific dependency properties, like for example TwoWay for TextBox.TextProperty.

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              • Create a Preview SDK download archive, just like the regular SDK download archive

                We are able to download previous versions of the release versions of the Windows SDK. Why is the same not possible for the pre-release SDK?
                On the slow ring we are currently on Windows build 17025, but the only SDK download link provided on the Windows Insider download page is for 17061 at time of writing. I am not willing to go to fast ring, because this renders my laptop useless. I tried.
                So I propose a download archive for Windows Insider Preview SDKs, where we can download earlier versions of the Preview SDKs.

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                • Machine Learning SDK

                  There should be a Machine Learning SDK smilar to Apple CoreML

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                  • Augmented Reality SDK

                    UWP should include a Augmented reality SDK simlar to Apple ARKit and Google AR Dev Kit

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                    • Cannot use Windows SDK args, like /list, if SDK already installed

                      Wanted to use /list to work on automating the installer for a container image, and there's a ****** check in place that blocks this scenario because the SDK is already installed.

                      Repro:
                      1. Download Windows SDK on a machine with Windows SDK installed
                      2. Try executing winsdksetup.exe /list
                      3. Note error "You must uninstall the Windows Software Development Kit - Windows 10 10.0.15063.137 before you can install the latest version of the kit"

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                      • UCRT

                        Attempting to utilize the Windows UCRT SDK (...\Windows Kits\10\Include\10.0.15063.0\ucrt) to evaluate Clang on Windows, I was immediately facing an unexpected wall, in the form of an undisclosed and unexpected dependency on Microsoft's Visual Studio.

                        Apparently even the simplest C program will not be able to compile (as soon as you include any standard C header), because they all seem to end-up attempting to #include <vcruntime.h> (which is not part of the UCRT).

                        My questions are:

                        1. Is there a way to utilize the Windows Universal C RTL SDK withOUT Visual Studio?

                        2. If it is not intended, why then is…

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                        • Bring back AnyCPU target

                          It does not have any sense to be forced to compile C#/.NET for all targets prior to uploading package to Windows Store. I would like my apps be automatically supported on any new processor architectures. What if Microsoft adds ARM64 target tomorrow? Or MIPS?

                          It also annoys during development, because now my solution has to have 4 target platforms, while it could just have one.

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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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                            • 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

                              9 votes
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                              • 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…

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                                • AdControl and Mediation Cordova Plugin to Windows Phone

                                  There are few ads deployment options in Windows Phone for those who develop using Cordova. There is a Cordova plugin with Admob for Windows Phone 8, but there is still no plugin AdControl and specific Mediation to Cordova.

                                  Admob does not release Windows Phone 10 support and has no roadmap to do it. Smaato has already supported W10, but there are not plugin developed yet.

                                  My suggestion is that Microsoft create an Cordova AdControl and Mediation plugin. This will help us bring our apps to Windows Phone and Windows Universal platform.

                                  3 votes
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                                  • WCF - Custom Binding Support

                                    We have several Instruments that implement an API via SOAP on Linux that presents as a WCF service. Unfortunately, we can't create UWP apps because there is no support for the custom WCF binding - which is needed - to talk to these instruments.

                                    I'd love to do it! ;-)

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                                    • Open source WinDbg

                                      WinDbg is a fundamental and very important tool in developing for Windows. Unfortunately, it is also bug-infested and lacks fundamental features expected from a graphical debugging tool in 2015.

                                      Examples include:
                                      - a (assemble) doesn't supporting 64-bit!
                                      - .call messes up the stack on x64 with more than 4 parameters
                                      - GUI still looks horrible
                                      - GUI is single-threaded and blocking on every step. When it's stuck (*BUSY*) you sometimes can't stop it for several minutes.
                                      - PDB loading and parsing is still slow, and that's after the fix that took you many months to solve (https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/1017787/msdia120-dll-handles-zo-pdb-files-extremely-slowly).
                                      -…

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                                      • Separate installer feature option for Tools

                                        Could you make an option in the SDK installer for just the Tools? On some of my computers, I only need the tools for phone deployment, such as WinAppDeployCmd.

                                        On the screen "Select the features you want to install", if I select the Windows Software Development Kit feature at the bottom, it installs 1.6GB worth of stuff, including headers, libraries, and source code. I don't code on all these machines, I only need the tools!

                                        I copied the tools out separately and they are only 106MB. They work fine without the headers and libraries installed. An option in the installer…

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                                        • Please IOS Support for Treasure Tag

                                          I need support for ios, the actual app, has a lot of problems

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