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  1. Transfer application from one account to another

    Apple iTunesConnect provides ability to transfer application between accounts. You can specify application ID and application package, rating, description are transferred right into that account. Amazon Store and Google Store have this option too but it's available through email request. That's quite important feature especially if you want to combine several applications under the single account. You even can't acquire successful applications and transfer it under your account...

    Having said that, Dev Portal doesn't have such option and if you have in-app purchase you have to unregister application and register it again under a new account which means you loose…

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      on the backlog  ·  3 comments  ·  Dev Portal + Publication  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • XAML for live tiles

      Allow developers to implement an interface(s) on a user control and "submit" that instead of just filling in a tile data structure. This will make tiles truly "live" and open up the live of WP7 to new applications. This is also completely secure because the runtime can analyze the class (and it's IL) being submitted. A bevy of restrictions can also be heaped on the said user control in order to maintain performance and not sap battery life. Let Live tiles be live, please.

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        12 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Hi Ananth, we absolutely understand the desirability of this feature. However, our team must carefully balance the power and flexibility that we offer developers, with the consistency and performance of the most prominent screen on the device: Start.

        We are currently exploring ways to host a light-weight XAML engine in a memory constrained way, but there are a number of technical limitations making this a non-trivial problem. Memory usage on 512 MB devices, resolving ValueConverters that live within an apps’ assembly, exposing storyboards/animations in a consistent/performant way, are just a few examples. We look forward to updating you once we’ve been able to draw a definitive answer!

      • Enable Blur and Transparency XAML Effects to Allow for Creative see-through UI designs

        The new start menu features the Aero (transparency and blur) effects we all love. It'll be great if we can enhance our own apps with the same effect where we choose. In addition to transparency and blur on any control, give us the ability to apply the effect to the base container, thus making portions of our application see-through to the desktop.

        In other words, I want to be able to create designs such as this: http://i.imgur.com/27fUxtM.jpg

        Providing more design options, allows us to diversify our application's interface designs and set it apart from others in the market.

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          on the backlog  ·  4 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Custom keyboard via code

          Allow to developers create a custom keyboard. eg. choose letters and numbers together

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            51 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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!

            1,311 votes
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              82 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • MaskedTextBox Control

              The TextBox control is the most used control in a Windows program. It also cause a lot of problem either from QA or the user because of invalid data that was entered. Using a masked control will save a lot of time for the developer and reduce the complaints and bugs

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                on the backlog  ·  2 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • ToUpper property on TextBox

                Please create this option native to TextBox control
                It's very usefull in WinForm projects and could speed up development on universal app too.

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                  2 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Provide ability to transfer ownership of app

                  Some people have had other developers submit apps to the marketplace on their behalf for many reason. They may have been in a country that is not supported for example. More then one developer may have worked on the app and are now splitting. Some people may sell their apps to others.

                  In all these cases it breaks the update cycle for existing users because the new owner would have to create a new app instead of updating the existing one.

                  183 votes
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                    10 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Toggling this back from done to planned work – it sounds like the merging of the Stores removed the ability for developer support to transfer ownership of apps due to limitations with the PFN (and a few other issues, but we’ll keep it high level here). Folks are very much aware – it’s on our radar.

                  • Please - allow readonly access to Call History and Text History

                    For creating more contact centric views of contacts

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                      64 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • hold payout

                      I wish we would have a button to hold payouts if we reach even the threshold because i have a problem i would like to hold payouts for months where i don’t earn so much because the transaction fee is 30$ to my country and the payout threshold is 25$ so if i earn let’s say 30$ i get 0$ because of the transaction fees. If we can hold payouts we could hold them until we reach a reasonable amount and then pressing ok to pay out if you are allowed.

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                        on the backlog  ·  0 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • active installations Vs total downloads

                        It would be good to know not only the number of downloads but also how many are active still.
                        If you have seen the google store they show active installations more prominently than total download count - and that actually makes sense considering the amount of trash apps going around in all the phone o/s .

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                          4 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • SMS Access API

                          Please provide an API that provides access to the texts to allow developers to implement an application to enable scenarios such as reading or archiving SMS messages.

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                            413 comments  ·  Communication APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Currently, the platform provides a number of SMS Access from a system eventing perspective (as of Windows Phone 8.1), and Windows Phone supports sms backup/restore for consumers as part of the base OS (Settings → Backup). What we don’t provide is a backup API.

                            Using SMS events: Check out the Build 2014 session (http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2014/2-518) or MSDN docs on background tasks (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsphone/develop/hh977056.aspx)

                            Although the capabilities are there from a consumer perspective (the core ask for the suggestion), I’m marking this as ‘Under Review’ for the API perspective. The team is aware of the ask and it is something that is being considered.

                          • Rate and Review enhancement

                            The Windows Phone dev center seriously needs an enhancement to Rate and Review options. There are many features that can be added to improve the whole experience from a developer's perspective.

                            Web portal enhancements:

                            1) Ability for Dev to contact the reviewer
                            At times a certain feature isn't clear what is going wrong, or additional info is required from the reviewers. Developers should be given ability to communicate option to email reviewers.
                            If you do not want to display / expose email addresses, consider using Amazon / Ebay member communication mechanism which effectively hides private email address whilst allowing communication. …

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                              15 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Show a paid app w/ a "trial" option in the "free apps" category

                              When I create a paid app with a trial option, many users blow right by it because it doesn't show up in the "free" category even though a light version of the app is free (via the trial).

                              Some people are resorting to the super-inefficient Apple app store method of releasing 2 versions of the app... one that shows up in the "free" category and another that runs as a paid app. The "trial" is a fantastic concept, but it is hobbled by this oversight

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                                40 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  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…

                                464 votes
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                                  10 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.

                                • 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.

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                                    4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • PasswordBox with Number only keyboard

                                    it would be helpfull to have a passwordBox like control which supports Number only keyboard. Numeric only passwords makes more sense for Smartphone world as its fast, convenient and easy to type.

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                                      4 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • 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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                                        18 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                          on the backlog  ·  17 comments  ·  Phone Data Store APIs  ·  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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