Notification Hubs

How can we improve Azure Notification Hubs?

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  1. Allow tags with '+' character to be installed or registered with Notification Hubs

    I am using user email addresses as a notification tag.

    Email addresses that have a plus ('+') do not work as tags.

    Normal email: myemail@gmail.com
    Expanded email: myemail+gmailfeature@gmail.com

    I get the following exception: Valid tag characters are alphanumeric, _, @, -, ., : and #

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    • Add telemetry as an optional extra regardless of Notification Hub tier

      Rich telemetry is important to ensure notifications get delivered and that old device tokens are effectively removed. This is only avaialable in the Standard Tier, which is very expensive. I'd like to see access to the PNS Feedback made optional, so that users on low volumes can see ensure those notifications are accepted by the PNS.

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      • Provide browse, query for handle/tag registrations in Portal

        It would be good to provide browse/query explorer for registered devices/handles and tags in Portal.

        The interface might be similar to DocumentDB document/query explorers in Portal.

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        • Send push even if APNS certificate expired error occurred

          Today, our service had a problem that Template push notification was not working.

          The push service in server did not throw exception so only NH debug mode helped to investigate the error. The cause was "Apns certificate expired"

          It seems that NH validates all push notification providers' availability in template mode. It could make serious service blockage as today.

          What I suggest is;
          1. Send push to other validated notification provider
          - or -
          2. Show error message when such error is occurred. In Monitor tab, there was no error count and only "0 message sent" is displayed in chart.

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          • Add a loopback fake test PNS to the PNS list - Test receive

            Having a loopback PNS can:
            -improve the test capabilities
            -improve the onboarding experience, a new user can just set up a notification hub on azure management portal, use the test send and then see the messages arriving in the loopback PNS

            This could be a plus: from the loopback PNS it should be possible to manage the registration and the tags to receive, in this way the users can have a complete testing environment for onboarding and get familiar with the technology, without opening development accounts with Google/Microsoft/Apple/Amazon.

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            • Microsoft.Azure.NotificationHubs add support for .NET CORE

              The nuget package Microsoft.Azure.NotificationHubs requires a .Net Framework 4.5 Full Profile, can you update to support .NET Core?

              39 votes
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              • Bulk tagging of installations

                When we need to add a tag for a set of installations, we currently need to perform a request to Azure Notification Hubs for each installation.

                This results in very poor performance, ruining one of the main advantages of Notification Hubs: massive scalability.

                It is to be expected that many many uses of tags will involve applying tags on installations dynamically in response to business events in the app. Since this may affect as many users as we would later want to send notifications to, it follows that we should have an efficient way to apply tags to many installations…

                6 votes
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                  Thanks for reaching out! We agree that this is an important task customers will need to be able to do. We are working on improving installations and will keep this on our list as we move forward. I will update once we have any ETA/have started working on this item.

                • Use new APNs HTTP/2 API

                  Notification Hubs uses the old APNs binary protocol. Moving to the new HTTP/2 protocol would enable new features like updating existing notifications (using the 'apns-collapse-id' header)

                  34 votes
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                  • Make NotificationHub fully available in the new UI / RBAC model

                    Make NotificationHub fully available in the new UI / RBAC model

                    Our development team really wants to use the notificationhub functionality, but in order to configure / manage it, they need Co-Admin access rights in the old portal on this subscription. This gives them full access to all resources in this subscription which is not acceptable for our information security team.

                    We really need NotificationHub and related functionality in the new portal so we can use RBAC.

                    4 votes
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                    • Make telemetry data available for a longer time

                      Based on my tests, telemetry data can be read only within ~24 hours after the message was sent out. After that time the backend unable to find the data for a given notificationid. So I guess you delete this statistics. It would be great to be able to get these information after much more time. I think it would be a good idea to make the telemetry availability time as a configurable value in the portal.
                      But making it available for minimum 1 week would be good. If it is possible please extend the current short time. Thank you in…

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                      • Get Installation and Delete Installation By Tags, By PushChannel

                        I think azure must provide api to get installation record by Tags and PushChannel.

                        Also Delete api by tags and PushChannel

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                        • Use DateTime for InstallationTemplate.Expiry property in .NET API

                          Right now the datatype for the APNS-specific Expiry property on InstallationTemplate is a string. I have... no idea what to put there. The API reference is less than helpful:
                          https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/microsoft.azure.notificationhubs.installationtemplate.expiry.aspx#P:Microsoft.Azure.NotificationHubs.InstallationTemplate.Expiry

                          Since it looks like the expiry ends up as a binary encoded integer value of seconds since the UNIX epoch, I can't really use that to guess what format Azure expects.

                          This would all be moot if the Notification Hub .NET API used a DateTime for the expiry and handled the translation to the format APNS requires.

                          3 votes
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                          • Allow Global Templates

                            As I understand it, templates are only held at a specific user registration level.
                            For our (enterprise) app this makes life difficult, as I now need to register a large number of templates to a large number of registrations, and worse keep this in sync as templates are changed.

                            It would work better in our scenario to have 'global' templates ready in the hub (referenced by name), then send a message to whatever tags, specifying the template desired.

                            Under this scenario we would handle any personalisation via the back end app - using either tags or other means (I'm either…

                            24 votes
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                            • Please check and fix possible problems with PUSH notifications in Android and node.js

                              A lot of users are having problems with these services.

                              Problems with devices registering and unregistering, updating tags, devices that disappear from the registered devices list after two or three days and it starts the "Error deleting the push registration-Error: NotFound." problems...

                              7 votes
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                              • Notification hub - Better way of analytic for push notifications send using Azure

                                Notification hub currently provides a way to send PN across all plateforms but the analytic provided is not very usable and real time.

                                26 votes
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                                • Add ability to move NotificationHub from one namespace to another within the same subscription id

                                  According to this answer in the forums:
                                  https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/azure/en-US/08a3ffc8-dbf3-4212-8533-d639371e2016/moving-notification-hub-from-one-namespaces-to-another?forum=notificationhubs&prof=required

                                  It requires contacting support in order to move notification hub between namespaces (sometimes one app get's bigger audience and it's necessary to move it to different pricing namespace e.g. from Basic to Standard)

                                  65 votes
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                                  • Add webhooks to Azure Notification Hubs

                                    Add the ability for Notification hubs to call an endpoint when an event has occurred on a push notification (push delivered, failed ...etc)

                                    81 votes
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                                      For the notification related events, we can only report if the message was successfully sent to the respective provider’s PNS. The actual delivery of the message is handled by the PNS and we don’t have any direct visibility in this. Where we can add some hooks are instances where maybe the registration expires etc. Let me know if there are any other places you will find this useful.

                                    • Add support for Azure Notification Hubs to push messages to web browsers

                                      Azure Notification Hubs should be able to deliver messages to users via web browsers.

                                      This should be done through lightweight javascript. The script should be cross browser compatible with desktop, mobile and legacy browsers.

                                      Basically this would replace the need for hosting SignalR unless you're building something like a chatroom.

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