Support for submission packages
A developer would like to ease the app submission process by being able to upload an app submission as a single archive package per submission. This archive (could be a ZIP file) should contain all of the meta-data (could be as an XML file) and supporting files (e.g., XAP, screenshots, etc.) that the Store team needs to ingest the app and provide it to the store. Apple provides a similar capability via iTunes Connect (https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/LanguagesUtilities/Conceptual/iTunesConnect_Guide/8_AddingNewApps/AddingNewApps.html).
This capability would not only enhance the submission experience, but it would also allow for Store submissions to be added and tracked in the developer's source control system (e.g., TFS, git).
Optionally, it would also be great for this capability to support selection of markets and price points that the app is intended to target.
As a starting point, it would be fine for the developer to download from the Dev Center a 'starter template' that is a ZIP file with basic XML templates and placeholder filenames, which the developer could then tweak/modify for the app she wants to submit.
Russell Archer commented
Excellent idea! Definitely agree with lance that having VS templates that provide what's need for the store would be very beneficial.
Lance McCarthy commented
This would be especially useful if added to VS2012/13 with a GUI (similar to the way the GUI was added for the WMAppManifest file
It is a very good suggestion.
To make life even easier for Windows 8 and Windows Phone developers, the store submission process should be the same for Windows 8 and WP apps.
Scott Lovegrove commented
Would be good if this would allow you to submit WP7 and WP8 versions in one shot.
I added this after having 2 conversations on the topic this week :)