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  1. XPS Viewer

    Just missing a XPS Viewer. Maybe MS should ask Adobe ;-)

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    • open marketplace registration to more countries

      to be specific, i'm referring to middle east countries in general and egypt in specific. ofcourse supporting all countries will be much better

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        0 comments  ·  Registration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Digest mail of posted user reviews

        The Windows Phone Store should be able to send notification mails containing progress within a specified period containing data elements such as downloads, user reviews, and when featured by the Store - send as a digest/bundle on a daily/weekly/monthly basis.

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          0 comments  ·  User Reviews  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Bring back "Free" in Game Categories

          The Marketplace game categries (e.g. puzzle & trivia, action..., etc.) used to show 'free' in addition to 'top'.

          At some point they were removed (for what reason?). Please bring them back!

          Since they were removed without an update (probably by altering the feed from the marketplace) you could bring them back right now!

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            0 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • show crash report details in app hub instead of in excel

            The excel file is cumbersome to use due to formatting and scrolling issues with large cells. It would be nice if the app hub could, in addition to letting you export to excel, just show the crash reports on the app hub using formatted html, and have the stack trace formatted to be readable (not all in one line).

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              1 comment  ·  App Analytics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • The problem and possible solution for developing games with different hardware

              I want to explain and request a new system that should make it easier for developers and consumers to know if a phone can handle certain games.

              We all know that the coming year means new hardware for WP7. At this moment all the WP7 phones have Adreno 200, but the new qualcomm chips will have 205 and in the feature maybe 220. We also have a confirmation that Nokia will use dual-core chips from ST-E. So the future will breng us more advanced hardware.

              But as a developer how should you deal with the difference in hardware when developing…

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                4 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Allow forced removal of beta app from devices, or for certain users

                Now that beta apps do not expire, we, the developers need a way to force remove a beta app from devices or remove access for certain users. Please provide us a way via the Dev Center to force the expiration of the beta app for all, or for certain users.

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                  0 comments  ·  Dev Center Portal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow real submission to use the same name as a previously submitted beta.

                  Right now app names need to be unique, this includes beta apps. For one thing this could allow people to remove names from the Marketplace, the other hassle is that currently beta apps should be named "[real-name] beta". I have read about this requirement after the fact and apparently destroyed an app name with this (needless to say that were websites and other platforms involved as well)

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                  • Fix formatting of application descriptions and provide WYSIWYG preview

                    There does not seem to be a way to control newlines in the application descriptions on the Marketplace. These descriptions also appear differently depending on where they are being viewed (web, zune on PC or device). The Update Description field has a documented purpose, but then in the forums I read that this field does not appear in the Marketplace. Please provide a way to

                    1) predictably introduce newlines into the description fields
                    2) let me see how these fields will render in the different environments (WYSIWYG)
                    3) show me how the Update Description will be used in my updated…

                    14 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  WP Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • need to be able to delete in-app products

                      for example if you chose consumable instead of durable that product cannot be changed or deleted.
                      It's true you can enter a new one but it has to have a different product ID and the old one stays around forever. To0 clumsy.

                      13 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Dev Center Portal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Enable variable pricing for apps (decouple from app release)

                        I would like to be able to promote my app for a certain time by reducing its price (e.g. during holiday season). I don't want to create a new app release for that reason. So please decouple app releases from the commercial stuff...

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                          0 comments  ·  Dev Center Portal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add support for the biometric framework from windows 7/8 desktop.

                          Add support for the biometric framework from windows 7/8 to allow hardware manufactures to add fingerprint sensors for device login (login allows standard user & guest/kid mode) and for wallet (WP8) transaction activation. Included with biometric framework out-of-box supply facial recognition module using front facing camera.

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                            4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow to update existing beta apps.

                            Right now we need to submit a new beta app from scratch when we want to provide a new test version to our beta testers. This results in funny names such as "[app name] beta 15" and a rather tedious re-entering of all data. We also need to inform all testers manually about the new release, they don't get informed automatically by the Marketplace app.

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                            • Application name should be localizable

                              When an application target world-wide or multiple countries market, it should be possible to chose a name for the specific country language.

                              This feature already exists in iTunesConnect...

                              13 votes
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                                2 comments  ·  WP Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 13 votes
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                                • 12 votes
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                                  • Possibility to install .XAP files which are not on the market place.

                                    I would like to install applications using .XAP files which are not on the market place.
                                    For example install an app which is not avaible anymore, or to permit me to share my app which was refused for certification.

                                    12 votes
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                                    • For beta applications don't require app description and screenshot for every language

                                      It's frustrating to have to enter app description and upload a screenshot for every language even though it's only a beta and description and screenshot are not important. I would like to have option to use international description and screenshot for all languages.

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                                      • A weird app upgrade experience that could be improved

                                        I had a weird experience from the last release of my app. Here is the story:

                                        My app has 2 versions of package: WP7 and WP8, and supports about dozen of languages, I removed the supporting languages by mistaken in WMAppManifest.xml file. Then I uploaded the xap and I didn't notice the supporting language became English only. Everything went smoothly, my update got approved overnight.

                                        I received my first custom call from Italy, it was from a loyal user. He has a Lumia 920 (WP8) and always keep my app latest (of course latest WP8 version). He told me that…

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                                          0 comments  ·  WP Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • 12 votes
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