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  1. 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…

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      1 comment  ·  App Analytics  ·  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.

      69 votes
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        1 comment  ·  User Reviews  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • allow switch of marketplace region

        allow switch of marketplace region under certain circumstances without the need to re-register a new live account. user can be verified through say uppdated billing address and credit card

        64 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Dev Profile  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Install apps to sd card

          I had history of using windows, and windows CE. But wp big disapointing is not allowing todo windows does, we want to install apps to sdcard, just like program files installation on windows. Please allowed it as optional installation on WP 8.

          61 votes
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            5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Quickly rollback to a previous version of your app after an update.

            Since the certification process is so long if you found a bug in one of your updates and wanted to pull it, it would be nice to have the ability to rollback to your previous version without having to wait the 3-7 days.

            57 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Cert + Publication  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Improve the region restriction / advice handling for Marketplace Apps

              The Windows Phone Radio and Windows Phone Blog Microsoft Marketing tools regularly feature new apps and games reviews, as do an increasing number of third party websites. In my experience one of the great frustrations of Windows Phone 7 is discovering from a new review or Blog that a New App is out that I have been waiting for – like Amazon, only to find it is a region restricted release and not available for the Australian Market.

              This frustration is exacerbated by the fact that this point is not highlighted up front by anyone. Here’s an example of my…

              55 votes
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                3 comments  ·  Cert + Publication  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Expedited approval process for existing apps

                Although I can't be certain, I get the impression that updates and metadata changes go into the same approval queue as everything else, and that generally there is only one approval queue.

                I don't think this is the best approach. For a new app, an extra few days for approval won't make any difference. But existing apps may have an existing audience which is impatiently waiting for either a bug fix or a new feature. This applies moreso to a critical bugfix, or a metadata error fix, where every second of delay is actively damaging the reputation of the app.…

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                  2 comments  ·  Cert + Publication  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Completely separate marketing submissions from XAP submissions & allow multiple submissions

                  Twice now, my app has failed certification due solely to marketing content. It has taken me 14 days to update a major crashing bug in my app because the certification process is inconsistent and poorly designed. I can't update the marketing text on my app to tell people a fix is on the way, because you can't have more than one submission in at a time.

                  This design is ridiculous. XAP submissions should go through one channel, and marketing changes should go through another. If you submit both at the same time, and the XAP passes but the marketing content…

                  43 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Cert + Publication  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Faster certification process for publishing and updating apps and games

                    It would be great if the time it takes for an app or game to be certified was shorter. A full 2 weeks before an app or game is published to the Marketplace is far too long. It would be more bearable if theupdates had a shorter turnaround time, but they don't. Want to push an update? That's another 2 weeks.

                    Also some moderation of the marketplace would be great to get rid of all the clutter or misleading apps.

                    42 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Cert + Publication  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • purchased applications backup

                      Now, if an application you purchased is removed from the marketplace, in case you need it you will not be able to redownload it and you will lose that app forever (wasting the money you spent).

                      This is not acceptable: purchased apps must be available forever!

                      41 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  WP Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Don't delete Apps when App Hub Account is deleted/expires

                        I find it very strange that every app I have made during my one year membership as a developer is deleted the second I cancel my membership. Microsoft can run things however they want, but I think this is going to kill a lot of innovation and send it off to Android or iOS where you have to pay to publish apps, but apps don't get deleted if you don't pay again or if you cancel your account.

                        End users are also going to get very annoyed when Apps they have paid for disappear. If Windows phone is going to…

                        38 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  WP Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Automatic Notification for available updates on marketplace tile..

                          Whenever any updates are available for installed apps in WP 7.5. It should be displayed as notification in marketplace tile or home screen..

                          34 votes
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                          • Provide more detail on app submissions in process.

                            I have an app that has been sitting in post-submission, "pre" certified status. Would be nice to know why it's been sitting there for a week, in that state.

                            32 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Cert + Publication  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Filter app reviews by version number.

                              Sometimes reviews can be for previous versions of the app. This can lead to some confusion about complaints in the reviews and whether they were fixed or not. Many times I've read reviews for apps and decided to not get it because I was unsure whether it was listened to and fixed or not.
                              iOS has this implemented in their store and I believe it works great. If its not a legal issue, I firmly believe this needs to be implemented in the Windows Phone store.

                              32 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  WP Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Application pricing in the marketplace

                                At the moment, if someone buys an application, they get all future versions of that app with no further funding to the developer. This is typical of a mobile phone app marketplace but not how it generally works with desktop applications where you might be expected to pay an "upgrade" fee to go from, say, version 1 to version 2.

                                Can we please have something similar for the WP7 marketplace (and, indeed, the Win8 marketplace)? In other words, developers would be at liberty not only to set the original purchase price but an upgrade price to go from a given…

                                30 votes
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                                  5 comments  ·  WP Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                    1 comment  ·  Dev Center Portal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Weed out spam applications during certification process

                                    The amount of spam applications, apps that are split out into several regions (i.e.: MyTranspo series), the ridiculous feed readers for all different musicians and whatnot, single book applications, and do-nothing apps (i.e.: the stuff published by "Eric_rulz")... This is just absolutely ridiculous. You already promised to take care of this, but it didn't work. We've still useless applications flooding the Marketplace, and there are no signs of it slowing. I believe that, instead of limiting the amount of certifications per user per day, the Marketplace should be a little better curated. Spam applications should not be approved. They should…

                                    29 votes
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                                      2 comments  ·  Cert + Publication  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Quick Link to show all Publisher apps

                                      Provide a single link to retrieve all the applications by a specific Publisher like the Android Market.

                                      This just helps make advertising easier, without listing individual apps.

                                      28 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add weeknumbers in calendar

                                        A phone promoted for it's business features cannot do without weeknumbers in the calendar.... Fix it please!

                                        26 votes
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                                          3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Remove Search Restrictions

                                          Remove the 50 apps limit from the phone and 100 app limit from the marketplace web site when users search for an app with a search term. If an app can not be found with its ideal keyword (becuase over a hundred apps already have used that search term) then new apps cannot be found with their ideal search terms. The concept of paging using skip and take very easily resolves this issue. It's quite dissapointing that a Bible app cannot be found with the search term bible.

                                          25 votes
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