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Prepaid codes for WP apps - Promo Codes for Reviewers

This has been in xbox arcade for awhile now and would be a good addition to the WP marketplace. Would be much easier to promote a paid app when you can give out a few free copies to people!

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      • Clint Rutkas [MSFT]AdminClint Rutkas [MSFT] (Admin, Windows Developer) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @Joachim, from the date you order the codes, they will stop working in 6 months. The app does not expire. An example would be I generated codes for my app that costs $10 USD. I give you a code so that user can have the app. You can do this with in-app purchase as well.

      • Joachim BungertJoachim Bungert commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        "Promotional codes expire 6 months after the date you order them."
        What does this mean exactly? I can not use These codes for activation after
        6 months or does the app expire and is "non-activated" after 6 months.

      • Foluso AdegokeFoluso Adegoke commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @Cliff Simpkins Windows 10 is almost out and you want developers to build apps for your store, yet simple requests like this you've refused to implement for almost 4 YEARS.

        This is very sad and I appeal to you to please implement this, so it would be easier for developers to promote their apps.

      • John LEEJohn LEE commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @Cliff Simpkins, now that this has been on the backlog for 2 solid years plus after having been a developer community request for 2 years before that, where does this feature stand?

        I find it rather confusing that other companies and other MSFT groups have been able to figure this out, yet for something as important as the Windows App Store it remains a TBD item.

        I'm in a situation today where a user of an old Windows Phone 7 app wants the more current WIndows 8 version. I don't want her to pay again, and yet I have no way of helping her.

        And before anyone says something about the WP7 version ought to work for W8 and W10, yeah yeah yeah. But that's not the point. The WP7 version was built for a 2011 mentality and device capabilities. The W8 version is modern and includes our current feature set.

        We've recently ended the life cycle on all of our WP7 apps, and now we're stuck with this reality. I never dreamed that it would take MSFT more than 50 months to deploy a simple redemption code system for developers to use with reviewers and for certain customer service issues. Amazing.

        Amazingly sad.

        Does anyone else still care about this open backlog issue?

      • Lingea CompanyLingea Company commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We're and apps developer, have several apps in a few countries now and we'd also appreciate if it were possible to use promo codes or deliver apps to our potential clients for free.

      • Rasmus RasmussenRasmus Rasmussen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I have a similar request. I have a game in the Windows App Store, which was backed on Kickstarter. I would really like to get a copy of it to my backers somehow, whether through a promo code or a pre-purchase/gift code.

        I just logged a support ticket on this, looking for a way to do it, and was told to add my comment here. I see the original post is from 2011, and that it was answered in 2013. Hopefully that means a solution is close.

      • Fox AppsFox Apps commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please add an API (maybe to the LicenseInformation object) in order to set an app as "PAID/GIFT" by code, so the user in case of reinstallation sees it as regularly paid.
        This is absoluteluy necessary when a developer sells a trial/paid app via Fortumo or other payment gateways. In this scenario, the developer sells, or better "unlock", the trial/paid app via a special IAP product at Fortumo side, so the user thinks he bought it, but in case of reinstallation he will see "buy" and will into cofusion...

        Thank you very much for the attention,

        Best Regards

      • Rasmus RasmussenRasmus Rasmussen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This would be VERY helpful. As someone who got his game funded via Kickstarter, I would LOVE to be able to give each backer a code in return for their investment.

      • Matt HughsonMatt Hughson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        To answer your questions @Cliff Simpkins:

        The prepaid codes should be be free and unlimited to the developer. Each code should unlock one copy of the game, and associate it will the Windows Live account that used the code; it can not be transferred once unlocked (to avoid people passing around the same code to friends).

        The codes should be redeemed through the regular Windows Phone Marketplace in order to avoid any confusion for the person redeeming the code.

        I haven't tried the Beta system yet, but that sounds interesting. However, the fact that they are gifted directly to specific people is problematic though, as it means you need to know the exact email of every journalist that will want to play your game. That's probably not realistic. It would be much nicer to use the shotgun approach and just send tons of codes to as many people as possible with the hopes that a few "bite". From the developers perspective it is slightly annoying that after already finishing my game, I now need to upload and maintain an additional version of my game on this Beta marketplace.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is an absolute must for marketing my apps and games during launch. I need some way of issuing promo codes to push marketing of an app. This kind of thing to me is essential to make an app for a small developer to have a chance of gaining interest.

      • Cliff SimpkinsAdminCliff Simpkins (Sr Product Manager, Windows Developer) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        As a total aside, as an avid consumer of the Starbucks' 'Pick of the Week' cards, I'm personally all for codes both for reviewers and for larger distribution.

        Follow-up question to folks here - how would you see this working for codes from developers? 5/10/20/n free from the Store? Dev can purchase them?

        Also, have folks tried using the 'Beta' distribution channel as a way of providing a tailored delivery for reviewers (even as the final/non-beta version)? Or does it have to be point to the one in the store?

      • John LEEJohn LEE commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yeah, this has been a request for 2 YEARS now. Somehow I don't think that the Store folks care about reviewers. Apple had promo codes the very first day they opened shop. So did Google Play.

        Why is it that after such a long time, the same standard feature isn't available here? @Cliff Simpkins can you provide any insight or guidance?

      • Jeff B.Jeff B. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I love this idea. There have been times where I'd like to give my beta testers a code so they can "unlock" the final "Trial" version of the app. If I could give them a prepaid code, that would be perfect!

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