Microsoft wants to know what APIs are needed to build better apps
Microsoft is calling on developers to submit what APIs they need or want to be able to build apps. "As we continue to evolve and grow Windows, we want your feedback on the APIs you need to be successful," the company said in an open forum message asking developers to voice their needs.
"The most useful feedback will be in the form of requests for specific APIs or specific 3rd-party libraries, along with a general description of the scenario they help solve," the company continued. Additionally, it also wants to know if developers need to break free of the app sandbox to properly implement and use the API.
So, what APIs do you need access to for Windows apps? Be sure to sound off in the comments and let Microsoft know.
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Music production❕❕❕ We need api's so that developers can leverage the audio in WP devices..
Like I've said before,, just like lenses for the camera developers should be able to make apps that can take total control over audio settings.. These apps could be accessed from the XBM app, just as lenses let's us open photo apps from our cameras... Here's a few examples of what these apps could look like... Im really sick of Apple getting all the attention from music, and audio, production software companies.. MS needs to tap into this huge market❗
Nevertheless, we can see what MS's goal for future versions of the OS is... And, for years I've been saying that WP is lacking the fun stuff, the cool head turning stuff, but I seriously believe that we're going to finally get it with WP8.5, 9, or whatever the next major version is..... Although, I'm hoping that MS plans on giving developers more access in smaller GDR updates before then.... I'm sure they are.
WebKit could allow Kik to finally add its sticker store. I need it bad. As far as I know, it doesn't have it. I never updated it. Edit: I see what you mean. Apparently it's some project of theirs. Posted via Windows Phone Central App
Microsoft can actually play with these API and release native apps.
While maintaining the security wp is known for
Windows phone store has any day more apps than windows 8/RT store
2. People are attached to WP and jump at the possibility of having the chance to have feedback even if they are technically off topic. My guess as a nOOb is that most of these later requests are features....
Also needed is an API to make a good fully functional youtube app.
Thanks for the tip. Will try it.
WhatsApp has recently shown signs of improvement so let's hope this happens.
Btw does iOS have an option to send mp3?
It is very difficult to switch from WhatsApp as all my friends are using it.
Symbian even could use it.
ie. Date Installed, Category, or the dreaded Alphabetically.
Background Downloading, Music API's, Caller ID API's
No caller id API, though.
They have a lot of explaining to do.
Allow 3rd party apps into the messaging hub, so I can get all my chat in the same place.
Also I'm not sure if it exists or not, lockscreen api for windows too
We also need custom lock APIs so we could make any kind locks: Pin lock (which we already have), password lock (like in iPhone), face recognition, Android 9 dot lock (what's that called anyways?)
This will make it so much more convenient to transfer files between phone and computer. Especially for those who carry a usb stick with them on their keys -API to allow an app to be the default player of certain file types/urls
Right now we have some great Youtube apps on our platform, but the one thing we cant do (in a fluid manner) is make them open up whenever we click on a youtube link. there are work arounds, but i don't think they're very elegant. This is the only feature I admire from other platforms -FM transmitter API
Yes, I know we can use bluetooth or cables to connect to some car audio systems, but not all car systems support this. Not only that, having this feature allows you to connect to any kind of portable stereo/stereo system that has a radio, which is a feature most of them have. If i'm not mistaken, all windows phone 8 handsets already have the hardware to support FM transmitting -MHL API
Yes, miracast is cool, but the majority of windows phones don't support it. Also, Miracast can be a bit laggy at times. If I'm not mistaken again, all windows phone 8 handsets have the hardware to support MHL
IPC mechanism for comapny hub apps with same publisher ID (so apps can communicate with other company hub apps with same pub ID)
Also, please please fix the API's so they just work in Debug mode on an emulator and dev unlocked device. Now the apps must be signed and deployed for the APIs to work.
Allow company hub apps to enumarate all apps on device with same publisher ID but also apps installed from public Microsoft store. Also, adding support for Entity Framework would be awesome. I would love to be able to use EF with a local SQL express database and then have a sync framework that would sync to cloud SQL DB!! This would be powerful. Yes, it can be done now with Sqlite etc but to be able to leverage EF and all the tools available there would be great. Thanks for listening Microsoft!!