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  1. Make System.Data available to Metro style apps

    Although, it seems clear that some of the decisions with the "Metro" apps are built so that apps will be able to go between devices, I would like to see the System.Data namespace supported in them. An example, you want to connect to a "local" SQL Express database without having to run a middle tier web-site or application that can talk to the database. Why shouldn't a Metro app run on a desktop be able to connect in the same way that a WinForms app can? The framework was supposed to abstract us from hardware and other changes yet as…

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      25 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add date time picker control to Windows 8 Metro XAML

      date time picker control is a must have control for many apps. It's missing in current Windows 8 Metro XMAL.

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        28 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • XNA for WinRT

        I've written several games for WP7 using XNA or XNA/Silverlight hybrids. I have thousands of hours invested into that codebase. Unless XNA works on WinRT, I won't be able to port my WP7 apps over to WinRT.

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          8 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add MIDI to WinRT to help musicians

          Musicians use MIDI. MIDI is not supported for Metro applications. MIDI should be part of WinRT and connect to USB devices and any other kind of MIDI device installed on the PC. One Microsoft employee who is also a musician has suggested a possible inferior solution:
          http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winappswithnativecode/thread/72f78574-02c3-4986-8d5f-623b31c89765?prof=required

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            9 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Code Coverage support for Windows Store Applications (Windows 8 Apps)

            Please enable code coverage support for Windows Store Applications (Windows 8 Apps).

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              7 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • WinRT Desktop App profile

              This comes off of the ARM Desktop post here:
              http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2012/02/09/building-windows-for-the-arm-processor-architecture.aspx#10266574

              As stated in the article, ARM devices can't install desktop apps other than Office 15. Here is an idea to provide desktop apps via the windows store using WinRT instead of Win32:

              * I agree totally with not allowing users to install applications for ARM hardware outside of the windows store. At least for the first generation of ARM PCs, this will greatly help reduce consumer confusion and improve their experience with these PCs. They find software for their PC in one place and everything they see in the windows…

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                7 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Triggers for WinRT in XAML additionally to VSM.

                Could you add triggers for WinRT like it is for WPF? Without triggers only with Visual State Manager it sometimes needs to put many additional code to make simple things.
                Also VSM's cannot be applied to styles and you cannot create a separate resource with VSM to apply it to different controls. So you are forced to override control's template every time and this is really bored.

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                  2 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Support custom Direct Manipulation implementations in Windows Store Apps

                  Currently the only way to take advantage of the direct manipulation in a XAML Windows store app is by using a ScrollViewer. However that isn't always appropriate. For example if one wanted to implemented a fixed columns Excel type functionality where the cells of the first column should not scroll horizontally but the cells should participate in the vertical smooth scrolling and where cells in the first row (and header) should scroll horizontally but not vertically. There really isn't a way to prevent some of those from scrolling since the ScrollViewer's Direct Manipulation implementation will animate/offset the rendering in the…

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                    0 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Support for OpacityMask in WinRT

                    I understand that the OpacityMask was removed for UI performance reasons, but just because it may be over utilized by some doesnt mean it should be dropped all together.

                    105 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Support using a Binding in a Style Setter in Window Store apps

                      SL5 (as well as WPF) support setting the Value of a Style Setter to a Binding but XAML Windows Store apps do not (maybe because it was based on a snapshot of SL4).

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                        0 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Support Custom Markup Extension for metro style app

                        Silverlight has already supported the custom markup extension.

                        Because Static, DynamicResource and DataType markup extensions connot be use on metro style app, at least, it is nessesary to support custom markup extension for metro style app.

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                          0 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Please add the RadialGradientBrush to Windows Store / Universal App XAML

                          This brush is missing in XAML/C# though there is createRadialGradient in WinJS

                          96 votes
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                            4 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Bring MarkupExtension to WinRT

                            Inheriting MarkupExtension was sadly missing from WinRT (along with other things but lets not get into that). I have used it to define "aliases" for different styles of bindings to reduce code duplication in xaml. Instead of writing {Binding Path=XYZ, Format={}{0,0.00}, Mode=TwoWay,ValidateOnError=true} everywhere I could make an alias: {b:BindToAmount XYZ}. Achieves less redudancy and clearer semantics.

                            90 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Make VariableSizedWrapGrid Virtualizing.

                              Currently only VirtualizingStackpanels can virtualice and reuse datatemplates , decreasing a lot the memory footprint. If we use diferent datatemplates, why not make every panel virtualizable?

                              69 votes
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                              • Support custom parsing of strings in XAML Windows Store Apps

                                In WPF/SL, we had the TypeConverter class. If you had a custom Type you could create a derived TypeConverter and handle the conversion from String and then you were able to use the attribute syntax in XAML to set the value of a property of that type. WinRT does not have such a concept. Instead internally MS handles parsing a limited number of built in types. In addition the auto-generated IXamlType has a CreateFromString but that only deals with enums. Even if one took the time to try and intercept/override that a compiler exception would be generated for any type…

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                                  0 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Universal Apps drag & drop - remove read-only attribute

                                  Please add a "Windows 10 Apps" category to this UserVoice.

                                  When drag/dropping files/folders onto Universal Apps, the read-only attribute is set, making it impossible to edit those files/folders. There should be a way, e.g. through manifest, to allow this kind of interaction.

                                  After all, drag/drop is a conscious user interaction (like a picker) and does not happen without their knowledge.

                                  58 votes
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                                    4 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • File Upload in WebView of Windows Phone 8.1

                                    I have been struggling to upload files from WebView since last few days and there is no progress. Everything works well, The button is visible and it says "Choose File", however if you click the button nothing happens. can anyone with WindowsPhone knowledge help me? Its an XAML WebView app not silverlight app.

                                    Please vote here to enable photo upload option in webview apps for windows phone

                                    39 votes
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                                      2 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Enable rendering of XAML not present in visual tree into image for WinRT 8.1

                                      With WinRT 8.1 new functionality has been added to render XAML as an image but the XAML has to be added to the visual tree. It would be nice to be able to render XAML that is not on the visual tree and perhaps in a background task.

                                      36 votes
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                                        3 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Upgrade WPF to better align itself with WinRT

                                        Create a new version of WPF that targets Windows 7 desktop apps, that provides much better alignment with WinRT. The provides a couple of major benefits:

                                        Allow application developers to support dual code bases (desktop Win7 application and Win8 app)

                                        Provide incentive for migration to Win8 and not be limited by the installed base

                                        Provide a migration path for other XAML apps (like Silverlight)

                                        Prepare applications for the sandbox restrictions in Win8

                                        Use a single XAML across Win7 and Win8 (Win8 controls would be emulated as WPF controls in Win7)

                                        The library could be community driven, but sponsored and supported…

                                        32 votes
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                                        • Support Entity Framework for WinRT apps

                                          For WinRT to be a decent candidate for LOB apps, we need better data access support for direct SQL Server 2-tier architecture apps. Need a version of Entity Framework that works with WinRT apps.

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