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  1. Pay non-US developers through local MS office to make tax easier

    At the moment, developers planning to sell apps need to have a US tax ID (ITIN, I think?), which can be awkward to get if you're based outside the US. In the AppHub forums, several developers have said that they've paid for certified copies of passports etc to support their applications to the IRS, but are being rejected. Obviously, I'm not keen on starting this process with no guarantee that it will actually work, and I imagine that it's putting off a lot of prospective developers.

    Is it practical to pay non-US developers through a local MS office, so that…

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      17 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow multiple Microsoft Accounts to manage a Dev Center Publisher account

      For corporate accounts, sometimes there is a need for more than 1 live id to access the dev. center. For example, more than 1 person from development team needs access to the portal as well as the development lead. Currently, all these people need to share the same live-id which is totally impractical as it can be a personal live id of a manager and he is not willing to share it with others. It would be really nice if access can be given to other live ids as well!

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        41 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Keep sockets running until app is officially closed

        I was excited about sockets support until I found out that on every single app I downloaded that use sockets, if I switch to a different app, the start screen, or turn off my phone's display, the socket disconnects. This sucks, for a number of reasons.

        When switching away from my app, *as long as my app is still in the task switcher*, I want to be able to suspend the UI while maintaining my socket connection (and any necessary base operations required to do so). I don't want to have to reconnect to IRC or SSH or RDP every…

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          11 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Thank you for the suggestion and commentary. We are not adding this capability in the 8.0 release, but know that it is high on the consideration list for future Windows Phone releases as we look at continuing to improve the background execution experience for apps.

          Keep those suggestions and votes coming!

        • Integrate BackgroundAudioPlayer and XNA MediaLibrary

          Allow the BackgroundAudioPlayer to play tracks from the MediaLibrary. Or allow applications that implement the XNA MediaPlayer class to run in the background.

          460 votes
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            11 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Improve the Downloads/Sales Reporting UI on App Hub

            Currently the App Hub provides a very simplistic reporting tool for tracking paid and trial downloads - with a single report row per Trial/Paid type and country. If you have several apps - this can result in several pages worth of data which has to be manually copied and pasted to Excel etc in order to determine totals (which cannot be automated due to https login). Additionally the parent graphs only show total downloads (with no breakdown of trial vs paid totals). There needs to be a proper 'export' to XLS/CSV function for all sales/trial data - as well as…

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              16 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • App Hub登録審査に日本人、もしくは日本文化に精通している人を少なくとも一人は配置してほしい

              ここのところアプリ登録が増えているせいか、無碍な理由でApp Hub審査落ちして一週間無駄にした、というような話をよく耳にするようになってきました。

              例:
              アルファベット混じりのアプリが複数言語混在問題で審査に落ちる
              http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/ja-JP/wpmarketplaceja/thread/ccc0be72-9eb9-4853-9aeb-e4bbdaf3aa87

              日本でWPが出荷される前ならまだしも、もし本気で日本語Marketplaceを運営する気があるのならば、もしWindows Phoneを日本のマジョリティに普及させる気があるのならば、絶対に必要な条件だと思います。

              別件ですがW-8BENの登録手続きに関しても同様の問題があると思います。

              443 votes
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                4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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…

                417 votes
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                  8 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Thanks folks for the suggestion and the on-going commentary. We’re marking this as ‘under review’ to acknowledge that the team is aware of this request. This is a very complicated/hard item for implementation, and there is a general feel that the new accelerated certification process alleviates much of the need (as an update can be published, for most folks, in less than an hour – rather than in 4 days).

                  That being said, continue to weigh in on the comments section.

                • Detect whether user has rated the app or not

                  As a developer, the only way to increase app ratings and review is to prompt user.

                  At present there are no APIs to detect whether a user has rated the app or not. Some users get annoyed and down rate the app due to this very reason.

                  This is a very basic piece of functionality that has been missing for long.

                  Please provide us a simple API that gives us this information.

                  Alternative for us to continue work towards this http://invokeit.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/detect-whether-user-has-reviewed-your-app-or-not-wpdev/ however I am not keen on this purely because I can see this being abused very easily.

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                    5 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Please distribute the development device for developers of Japan

                    At the moment, Windows Phone 8 device does not sell in Japan. On the contrary, in the plight to be distributed (which do not apply the technical regulations conformity certification) devices that do not sell in Japan that do not emit radio waves in Japan to developers, Microsoft Japan will use a device satisfactorily I can not. If there is no plan to sell to the general user in Japan for some time to come, I would like to be governed by the laws of Japan, the sale of development for the device. And if not, you should consider as…

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                      2 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Windows 8 like Search Contract for Search Button

                      It would be nice to have a SearchContract so the Bing Key could be more usefull. You could enter you search term and either press enter to bing for it or scroll down a list of search contract enabled applications blow the Textbox and tap the application you want to search. Of cause the nice images in the background wouldn't make that much sense anymore but the usabilty would be a lot better.

                      359 votes
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                        4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Video Chooser Task

                        It would be good to have a Video Chooser Task that works in the same way as the PhotoChooserTask. The reason for this is for users to be able to do things like apply filters, add audio tracks, crop out a relevant section, etc... of a recorded video and saving it back to the MediaLibrary. I assume saving to the MediaLibrary will be part of the AR functionality in mango anyway?

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                          17 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • PhotoCropTask

                          When you use the PhotoChooserTask and specify a PixelWidth and PixelHeight, when an image is chosen, the user is provided with a cropping tool that is outstanding and difficult to duplicate. Please provide a PhotoCropTask that takes an Image(Byte[]) and provides the same crop tool. Include a PixelHeight and PixelWidth as optional parameters so an aspect ratio can be included.

                          324 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Camera + Video APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Extend the DeviceNetworkInformation with MNC and MMC

                            Extend the DeviceNetworkInformation with the MNC (Mobile Network Code) and MMC (Mobile Country Code) values. We have an application that needs this information, and we cannot get it from the current DeviceNetworkInformation.CellularMobileOperator property, because the operator name can change over time.

                            296 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Self Signed Certification SSL HTTPS

                              For those of us wanting to provide free applications it would be nice if the WP7 supported self signed certs or the very least a widely known free SSL authority.

                              Add ServicePointManager.

                              Or at the very least add a free service to your accepted list of SSL authorities. Like cacert.org for instance.

                              280 votes
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                                16 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add a SavePng extension to WriteableBitmap (similar to SaveJpeg)

                                When you create a tile dynamically, it is common to want to save it as a Png file so that it uses transparency (so that it respects the theme accent color).
                                However, there is no built in method to save a WriteableBitmap as a png.
                                There is however a nice extension to save it to jpg, but that doesn't help if you want to use transparency to leverage the theme accent color in your tile.

                                I think many apps that need to generate a tile dynamically will encounter this issue.

                                279 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Vastly improve stack-trace reporting

                                  Stack traces are great, but some more information could be added, and provided for each individual crash:
                                  1. The version of the app that crashed
                                  2. The date of the crash (exact time wouldn't hurt either)
                                  3. The exact OS version it crashed on
                                  4. The hardware it crashed on
                                  5. The language (or some sort of region info) used by the phone it crashed on
                                  6. Anything else that would help us isolate a problem when we can't reproduce a crash on our own phones or in the emulator.

                                  264 votes
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                                    6 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Ability to run and use an emulator image in as a remote VM

                                    A developer should be able to run an emulator instance outside of the developer's environment, and be able to connect/deploy/debug into that remote VM.

                                    Potential scenarios:
                                    - Developer doesn't have SLAT on their machine and wants to run the VM on a SLAT capable machine/server
                                    - Developer is running their dev environment in a virtual environment (e.g., local Hyper-V, remote Hyper-V, Parallels) and wants to run the emulator in another child VM on the same physical host they are running on (since she can't run a VM inside of a VM)
                                    - The ability to run a dev environment fully…

                                    241 votes
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                                      19 comments  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Allows software products from the same Publisher, accessing IsolatedStorage

                                      Want to have a feature. Allows software products from the same Publisher, accessing IsolatedStorage. And can communicate with each other. Start each other (optional), which can be expanded larger developers ideas and more powerful than iOS and Android system.

                                      This can save storage space, unified data storage location.

                                      Or another form. Developers can provide their main program with subroutine. Subroutines can be run separately. Main program can manage/run program. In this way, developers can provide independent extension to process the data.

                                      Wish to consider this kind of system design.

                                      PS: above I use the online translation feature.

                                      224 votes
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                                        3 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Thank you for the suggestion. We are not adding this capability in the 8.0 release, but know that it is high on the consideration list for future Windows Phone releases.

                                        Note that today, publishers can use server side comms/services to accomplish this type of solution, but this is not yet possible for logic that occurs entirely on the device.

                                        Keep those suggestions and votes coming!

                                      • Using SmartPhone Screen as mousepad & virtual Controller for XBOX/PS

                                        From past few day I am working on an innovative idea.
                                        The idea is:-
                                        Why not use your smartphone as a xbox, ps controller. Why not use it as a mouse.

                                        controller:
                                        If you donot have joystick to play your xbox/ps games just connect your phone to xbox/ps via data cable and use the virtual controller on your smartphone screen as a real gaming controller.

                                        Mousepad/touchpad:
                                        Just connect your smartphone to computer and use it surface as mouse

                                        The problem I am facing:-
                                        1. In can make the Gui but how the will the xbox/ps recognize that this is a…

                                        210 votes
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                                          5 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • API for WiFi Connectivity

                                          Wifi Connectivity API Handel's:
                                          1. Getting List of Available WiFi Connections and Details.
                                          2. Search for new WiFi Device.
                                          3. Sending A File to Selected WiFi Device.
                                          4. Sending A File through application to Application using WiFi connection.

                                          206 votes
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                                            4 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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