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This forum focuses on the developer platform (APIs, runtimes, and controls) that you use to build great app experiences for Windows Phone. Additional WPDev forums are available using the links along the right of the page. Consumer features suggestions should be submitted to the Windows Phone Suggestion Box site (http://windowsphone.uservoice.com/).

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  1. 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…

    222 votes
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    • Make payouts every month!

      Please make payouts for apps and in-app products every month!

      For now, we have to wait at least 4 months after we get $200 of revenue from our apps. It's a shame! There's no benefit of developing for Windows Phone at all, it's better to develop for iOS, Android and even BlackBerry first, and then, maybe, some time, for Windows Phone.

      You should remove these idiotic limits and make payouts for developers every month, not depending on what revenue did they get from their apps! Or if you don't want to or cannot (don't believe though), then you should not…

      117 votes
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      • Add Paypal as a payment method for PubCenter / Windows Store earnings.

        Add Payoneer as the payment method for Windows Phone Store / Windows Store / PubCenter earnings.

        106 votes
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        • Add Payoneer as a payment method for Windows Phone Store / Windows Store / PubCenter earnings.

          Add Payoneer as a payment method for Windows Phone Store / Windows Store / PubCenter earnings.

          66 votes
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          • Add more details to the crash report

            The following additional fields should be added to the crash report:
            Date of crash
            Phone model

            42 votes
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              • Support Monthly/Yearly subscriptions for app purchasing.

                As app developers we are currently stuck with 2 methods of generating revenues 1) one time app payment 2) Ads.

                I would like to see a monthly/yearly subscription model introduced that let me charge users $5 a year for my app for example.

                This would mean we could make ad free apps that developers are motivated to keep adding features to over time since they are generating ongoing revenues.

                34 votes
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                • Viber for Mango!

                  Viber is an extremely popular application similar to Tango, but better in some ways.
                  It has more users -> more people to call.
                  The application is built into your contact list (no application to open).
                  You can text people using Viber.

                  Here is the info thats available on the Website of Viber:
                  Viber is an application for free international calls and text messages to other Viber users using 3G or Wi-Fi. Uses your existing contact list - check out which of your phone contacts and friends is already on Viber so that you can call and text them for free.

                  28 votes
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                  • Better Store Analytics

                    Currently, there is no way of knowing if a user converts from our own advertising campaign or "out of the blue". It would be great if we could link to an app's store page with a campaign code, and get the breakdown by campaign codes in our daily stats. For example:

                    United States Paid (after trial) 32
                    United States Paid (after trial, campaign XYZ) 64
                    United States Paid (without trial) 16
                    United States Paid (without trial, campaign XYZ) 48
                    United States Trial 192
                    United States Trial (campaign XYZ) 284

                    26 votes
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                    • Option to submit your app only to markets where taxes are accounted for.

                      Currently, you can submit an app to all countries, or specific countries. I would like a button I can click that will only select the countries for which Microsoft already accounts for any taxes.

                      25 votes
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                      • Simplify the Payout registration process for non US developers!

                        The current process is very lengthy and costly for non US developers. Why can't Microsoft simplify it? Make it similar if not the same as Google!?!?!

                        Having read through the cumbersome process, I am more incline to build FREE apps with subscription rather than getting any money through the Marketplace.

                        Having to deal with physical paperwork (sending it back and forth) is a step backwards... we are living in a digital world!

                        There are heaps and HEAPS of really good developers outside of US who really want to contribute to making Windows Phone a preferred choice, so please Microsoft; make…

                        22 votes
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                        • Free Apps with Donation in addition to Paid Apps with Trial

                          With WP7 we have the unique ability to offer Trails for Paid Apps, which is great. However, it would be nice if developers could offer Free Apps with a possibility to users for voluntary donations. Some devs do the workaround and offer a Paid app, with the trial version having no restrictions at all (if the user clicks 'buy', he essentially donates to the dev).

                          However, this workaround has the disadvantage of the app not apprearing in the 'free' category, though they are actually free. Therefore, it would be great if devs could put apps in the marketplace offering two…

                          21 votes
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                          • Top Rated Apps List

                            I spent so much time and effort making an awesome app with almost 5 star averaging rating, yet there is no option in the Marketplace to sort by Top Rated so that people can easily find it ?!
                            Please add a Top Rated list ASAP!

                            20 votes
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                            • Allow to have a limited time price offer

                              currently we can't change and schedule the price for a limited time (free or 50% off ...) . If you change the price, it need to pass certification again.

                              It was good if we could set the app or in-app product to be free for one day for example and return back after that.

                              18 votes
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                              • Allow developers to sign into the VS2012 phone emulator with a Microsoft account. Why this is not allowed is beyond me.

                                Developers need to be able to use their MS account to sign into the VS2012 phone emulator. If it is a real account I do not see the problem here? We need to be able to test our applications with other windows apps installed. Even if they are only the free apps. Why is this disabled? What is the issue here?

                                18 votes
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                                • Notify publishers when an app is featured

                                  There is currently no indication that an application is being featured, it would be nice to receive a email prior to it being featured to indicate what dates / countries it will be featured in.

                                  17 votes
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                                  • Launch app from market

                                    When searching in the market you should be able to open the app if already installed.

                                    15 votes
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                                    • API to Retrieve IMEI , IMSI , MCC , MNC and MSISDN

                                      Give Some API to find out these thing.Android and IPhone provide API's to find out these thing.And don't give accuses because of security reasons.Android and IPhone is also secure.So work on it and Provide Some API because in Mobile technology it is very difficult to create application without this.

                                      15 votes
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                                      • Option to have a podcast check for updates

                                        Although you can subscribe to podcasts I cannot find a way to force a podcast to check for updates. Even if you see an update is available in the market there is no obvious way to force a podcast to update.

                                        10 votes
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                                        • Ability to transfer app (IAPs) to a different developer account

                                          Currently, apps can be transferred between accounts (retaining, I believe, all ratings, users, app id, etc). This can be done through a support ticket.

                                          HOWEVER, apps with in-app purchases are not eligible to be transferred.

                                          Not even if the IAPs are completely removed from the app and deleted from the developer account. If the app EVER had an IAP, it is not eligible for transfer.

                                          I understand why this might not have been a high priority, but as the platform grows it seems absolutely necessary. I have apps I would like to transfer (which had IAPs) but I cannot do…

                                          9 votes
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