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  1. Convert an individual account into a company one

    I started as a sole developer, and now there's a group of us, and we are registered as a business with IRS. I would like to be able to convert my individual account in the Marketplace into a company one without losing my publisher name, my brand, my app portfolio and my user base. It is a common scenario in the "real" world, so why should it be impossible in the Marketplace?

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      4 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Create a structured mechanismn for devs to market their Apps

      One of the biggest issues that devs face is one that only rears it's head quite a way into the process as a whole. How should an independent developer go about marketing their Apps in order to increase sales?

      Some kind of dedicated program from Microsoft aimed at independent developers in this area would be very welcome!.

      86 votes
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        5 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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.

        84 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • API to read Phone Call History

          Currently there are API to read the Phone Book, but no API to read the Call History. This should be enabled to write powerful Phone Call apps with more features

          83 votes
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            2 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Transfer contacts to SIM CARD

            We want backup our contacts to sim card

            83 votes
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              2 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Provide developers and API to access default system sounds (such as those found in Settings - ringtones+sounds)

              It would be really helpful if, for example, a developer makes an app that takes advantage of the schedule alarm API, and would like to enable the user to select a custom ringtone for that alarm. This API proposal would enable the user to select from many ringtones already available on the phone, and save developers the trouble of having to implement their own custom ringtones.

              82 votes
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                3 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 「APP HUB」に登録しなくても、アプリを実機で動かせるようにしてほしい

                年間一万円近く払わなければ、自作アプリを実機で使えないのでは、プログラミングしてみようという気持ちになりません。
                せっかく素晴らしい開発環境があるのに、これでは宝の持ち腐れではないでしょうか?
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                「ChevronWP7」は6月にcoming soonと発表してから音沙汰なしですね。

                80 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Authenticated Proxy support in Code (HTTPWebrequest / WCF / Sockets)

                  Currently it's not possoble to make connections behind proxy servers that require authentication.
                  This very much limits business type apps that can use resources or run apps while connected to a work network.

                  It's only currently possible via the web browser.

                  80 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • More artwork in SDK

                    Distribute more application bar icons in SDK (at least each one used by built-in applications); provide forum/marketplace for other artwork, including control templates & styles.

                    79 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • How many users are using which version of my app?

                      I have released several versions of my app throughout its life cycle. Knowing how many users are using which version of my app would be great.

                      Something like: %10 is using version 1.0.0.0, %20 is using version 1.1.0.0, %70 is using version 1.1.1.0 etc. on my dashboard.

                      78 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • SD Card APIs to create/write/delete files

                        In my application some data required to save on disk, There is limited storage in Phone memory, I just need api to write or create files folder wise on external memory like memory card..

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                          4 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add an Estimated Revenue Report

                          In any publisher platform, the most important number presented to publishers is their revenue, and it's completely missing from WP Dev dashboard.

                          There's no way to know how much money you're making until you're paid. All you can see is the amount you were already paid (which for some reason shows up as a big text even though once you got that money you don't really care about that number anymore) and how many paid downloads you have (which doesn't include the price charged for it, so if you ever change the app price, you can no longer figure out…

                          76 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Force a user to leave a comment in the review if it's 2* or less

                            Many users leave bad reviews without leaving notes.
                            How can the developer know what needs to be improved in the app, if it's not mentionned.

                            76 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Show scrollbars in WebBrowser control

                              Please show the scrollbars in the WebBrowser control. For details and a workaround that's not working as smooth as it is when it was implemented in the control itself.

                              http://www.pitorque.de/MisterGoodcat/post/Somethings-Missing-from-the-WebBrowser-Control.aspx

                              74 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Controlling players implementing Background Audio

                                Currently, I can detect and control what the embedded Zune player is currently playing.
                                The same can't be done with 3rd party apps implementing background audio streaming like soundtracker etc.

                                73 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  XNA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • WPSDK 8 support on Windows 8 - Develop WP 8 apps on Windows 7

                                  I think you should allow Windows 7 computer owners the ability to develop Windows 8 phone apps. They have a device to develop on, I believe the only thing you can't do is use the emulator. I have everything up and running, except VS express 2012 won't recognize my windows 8 phone and deploy to it, so I can test my app. Can I manually place the .xap file using file explorer, or is there some way to fix this? It gives me this error 'Microsoft.SmartDevice.Connectivity.PlatformNotFoundException'
                                  Is it possible to fix this?

                                  70 votes
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                                    2 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Enable removing language code from the "language history"

                                    If you ever selected "ru" and "ru-ru" laguages then it causes Tile localization show the en-us(default) tile localization to show.

                                    When I removed the "ru" language code and published my new version, the old version still remains with "Replaced and unpublished". Wich means the new version not fully replaced the old version.
                                    And this causes me very serious problems:

                                    1. Some of my users will still receive the old version of my app (after weeks). The store randomly gives the old or the new version of my app.

                                    2. My app has a WP7 version and a WP8 version XAP…

                                    69 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Implement Radio Interface Layer !!!

                                      In Windows Mobile 6.5, this library exist, and it's very good for retreive lot of cell tower informations ( Cell ID, MNC, MCC, LAC, IMEI, IMSI ) lot of information we do not have access with Windows Phone!!

                                      69 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add WebAuthenticationBroker to WP7 and WP8

                                        Port over the Windows 8 Class "WebAuthenticationBroker" from Windows 8.

                                        68 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Provide a Share Extension to Share Links from IE

                                          In IE for Windows Phone, you have the ability to share a link to the current page you're on from an Application Menu Item. The options are as follows:

                                          Messaging
                                          E-Mail
                                          Social Networks.

                                          I would like the ability to easily share a link to another application. It would work in much the same way the Photo Hubs Extension works. You would see a 3rd party app that supports the Share Link extension. Clicking it would open the app at a specified task. Then, one of the query string parameters that's used to launch the task could just be the URL…

                                          67 votes
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                                            4 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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