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Show app review rating worldwide!

I understand that it makes sense to only show app reviews only in those countrys were they come from. E.g. a German review should only be shown in Germany (and maybe in Switzerland and Austria). What I don't understand is, that you also showing the app rating in countries, were they come from.

For example: An app has 20 ratings. 15 from Germany (all with 4 stars), 1 from USA (1 star) and 4 from France (5 stars)

If you now open the app in the Windows Phone Store from Germany, you will see a total app review rating of 15 (4 stars). If you open the app in the US Windows Phone Store, it shows only 1 rating with 1 star. In France it shows 4 ratings with 5 stars and in all other countries it shows 0 ratings!

The total rating should be equal worldwide! :-)

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    TerenceTerence shared a merged idea: Show consumers all worldwide ratings & reviews in the app store not just local ones  ·   · 

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      • Monto CMonto C commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @Cliff Simpkins: Yes it is for the consumers. Please check out how reviews are displayed in Google Play Store by language and learn more about this suggestion.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Additionally the store should share reviews within the same language, e.g. reviews from Gemany should be visible in Austria and in Switzerland, too. The same for English. For me there is no reason why British users shall not see the reviews from US users. This will improve the attractivity of an app in other countries, Most likely in smaller countries like Austria.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I totally support this I live in Kenya and windows phone adoption is really low, 80% of the apps have zero reviews. I just recently got a windows phone device after switching from android and the reviews in the playstore were universal

      • Neal GabrielNeal Gabriel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I totally agree. Thus the app will be getting more downloads worldwide. The more the downloads, the more we get encouraged to build new apps for windows phone / store.

      • TerenceTerence commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Have you ever decided not to download an app while browsing the store simply because it did not have any ratings or reviews? If so then this issue should concern you as a developer.

        The app store currently only shows consumers app ratings and reviews in the country that you live in. So for example if an app is published in Canada and the United States and only the users in Canada leave a rating/reviews then the users in the United States will not see those ratings and could potentially decide not to download the app. This also gives the false impression that your app is not good even though you know that people worldwide are enjoying (or not enjoying) the app.

        So I am suggesting that Microsoft implement a system to show a consumer all the ratings and reviews. I understand there may be some issues with language etc. and an easy way to implement is to do this (asides from Bing Translating):

        ******************************************

        Wonderful App Name
        ***** 200 user reviews worldwide
        **** 3 reviews in your market

        ***************************************

        This way a user can toggle between the world and local reviews.

        Ratings and Reviews are an important part of an app store otherwise why would Microsoft bother having them.

        Ratings and Reviews are an important part of a developers promotion arsenal... after all who would you rather believe, the seller's ads or user reviews of the app?

        Not all of us are the Instagrams of the world and depend on each and every ratings we can get.

        So if you think it is only fair that users see all the reviews in the app store then please support this request by voting for it.

      • SaschaSascha commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Sorry, of course I meant for the consumer. This is very important for a developer, because users not often install apps which have no reviews or one bad review. The don't know and don't see that the app already has a lot of good reviews in other countries.

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