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  1. Provide ability to transfer ownership of app including IAP transfer

    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.

    652 votes
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      42 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Starting this month apps can be transferred from one account to another. To start the process you need to open a support ticket to start the process. Once you submit the request, you’ll get a checklist (for example you need to finish any pending submissions, export the reports). The acquisitions, reviews history and users are transferred, though the historical revenue is not transferred. The feature is available to every app, except if the app has IAP – support for IAP is being investigated for the future.

    • Exclude suspending in desktop

      Some apps can work intensively in background, for example it maybe video converting, online financial data processing and more.
      Now UWP application will suspended when it go offscreen.

      I offer to disable suspending in desktop/tablets for user selection (he can choose 'best performance' or 'power saving' options for example)

      587 votes
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        16 comments  ·  Background Processing  ·  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  ·  3 comments  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add a GrantAccountAccessTask for obtaining temporary access to social media accounts

          Social networking APIs, like Facebook, are constantly adding new features. Proving access to the authentication directly (even if it were temporary) would allow applications to use the most up-to-date social networking SDK to provide better features for their users.

          A "GrantAccountAccessTask" could, for example, ask the user for temporary access (including what permissions are needed). If the user did not have an account configured for that provider, they could be given the chance to create one (or simply redirected to the social network providers website).

          538 votes
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            12 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  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…

            531 votes
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              10 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  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.

            • Self Signed Certification SSL HTTPS

              For those of us wanting to provide free applications it would be nice if the WP7 supported self signed certs or the very least a widely known free SSL authority.

              Add ServicePointManager.

              Or at the very least add a free service to your accepted list of SSL authorities. Like cacert.org for instance.

              487 votes
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                31 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add Markup Extensions to (and Improve) WinRT Xaml System (System.Xaml Parity)

                Much effort was made in WPF Xaml Serialization to decouple it from the presentation assemblies and moved into its own assemblies, System.Xaml, and System.Windows.Markup.

                This Xaml System had it's own serialization/deserialization mechanism in XamlServices class. Furthermore, this Xaml system had a very powerful component/concept that is conspicuously absent in WinRT: Markup Extensions.

                Markup Extensions are found in the following Xaml Systems:
                - WPF
                - Silverlight 5
                - Xamarin.Forms (notably NOT a Microsoft technology, but recognizes their power nonetheless)

                This feature is to ask for Xaml serialization featureset parity with WPF/System.Xaml. That means:
                - Custom Markup Extensions
                - XamlServices.Load and Save …

                485 votes
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                  14 comments  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Arbitrary background tasks

                  Save for a few narrow use cases, apps are prevented from working in the background (the current backgroundtask has too many resource constraints (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/xaml/hh977056.aspx#Background_task_resource_constraints) to be useful).
                  This effectively makes creating entire classes of applications (file archiver, video transcoder, ftp/irc clients, to name just a few) impossible.

                  I understand power consumption is a consideration, but a more balanced middle ground, like only allowing more intensive background tasks when the system is plugged in and/or giving users clear indications such activity is occurring (liek Android does in its notification bar) so that they know why battery life is being…

                  446 votes
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                    8 comments  ·  Background Processing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • App Hub登録審査に日本人、もしくは日本文化に精通している人を少なくとも一人は配置してほしい

                    ここのところアプリ登録が増えているせいか、無碍な理由でApp Hub審査落ちして一週間無駄にした、というような話をよく耳にするようになってきました。

                    例:
                    アルファベット混じりのアプリが複数言語混在問題で審査に落ちる
                    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/ja-JP/wpmarketplaceja/thread/ccc0be72-9eb9-4853-9aeb-e4bbdaf3aa87

                    日本でWPが出荷される前ならまだしも、もし本気で日本語Marketplaceを運営する気があるのならば、もしWindows Phoneを日本のマジョリティに普及させる気があるのならば、絶対に必要な条件だと思います。

                    別件ですがW-8BENの登録手続きに関しても同様の問題があると思います。

                    443 votes
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                      4 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Splash screen for UWP apps should be optional

                      Currently you have to provide a Splash Screen to get your app to pass the certification kit, which should really be a developer's choice like before.

                      Splash screens are evil.

                      http://vgable.com/blog/2010/01/13/splash-screens-are-evil/

                      http://cyrilmottier.com/2012/05/03/splash-screens-are-evil-dont-use-them/

                      https://medium.com/@DevAhamed/splash-screens-4afa874ed70 (Its not Branding, Its Annoying)

                      You don't have to agree with me and all the links above, but at least make it optional.

                      420 votes
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                        9 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • UWP SQL Server API

                        Please support a native connection to Sql Server over IP:PORT

                        412 votes
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                          7 comments  ·  Enterprise APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Make it harder to decompile sources from appx packages

                          Windows Phone Silvelight XAPs were signed, so anyone donwloading them through the Store (manual download) could not have easy access to the sources of the app.

                          Now with Universal apps / WinRT (.appx), our binaries are not longer signed as a whole, any script kiddie can unzip and decompile any app.

                          That's a huge problem regarding developer investing on the platform.

                          404 votes
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                            on the backlog  ·  1 comment  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • PhotoCropTask

                            When you use the PhotoChooserTask and specify a PixelWidth and PixelHeight, when an image is chosen, the user is provided with a cropping tool that is outstanding and difficult to duplicate. Please provide a PhotoCropTask that takes an Image(Byte[]) and provides the same crop tool. Include a PixelHeight and PixelWidth as optional parameters so an aspect ratio can be included.

                            370 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Camera/Video/Microphone  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • MP3/AACP (HE AAC) Shoutcast audio stream support

                              Windows 8.1 supports both these audio codecs under Shoutcast streams. Windows Phone 8.1 still doesn't.

                              360 votes
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                                3 comments  ·  Audio/Graphics/Media playback  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add support for 'XmlnsDefinitionAttribute'

                                XmlnsDefinitionAttribute is an absolutely great attribute for Control Library developers. It allows the developers of that control library to greatly simplify the xaml by reducing the number of XMLNS declarations they need.
                                The only way around this is for the control vendor to throw every single class that might be used in XAML (not just controls but other types too), in the same namespace, creating a very ugly unwieldy API to code against.

                                If you use a 3rd party control library or you're a control library vendor, you should vote for this. It'll save you a lot of typing, looking…

                                345 votes
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                                  6 comments  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • ScrollViewer overpan API

                                  Currently when you overpan a ScrollViewer, where's no way to tell how much negative offset it is unless you do hacks like calculating it every 50ms via a Timer.

                                  This will make interesting actions like 'Pull to Refresh' very hard to implement.

                                  Would be nice to have an event to listen to this with a OverpanOffset property or something.

                                  342 votes
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                                    11 comments  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Replace Xamarin.Forms Xaml syntax with latest UWP Xaml

                                    Now that Microsoft has bought Xamarin, integrated it in Visual Studio and made it free, it would be awesome to replace Xamarin.Forms Xaml syntax with current UWP so that Devs can benefit from all the new rich features such as RelativePanel, x:Bind, Adaptive Triggers, Live Visual Tree etc and also no learning curve for Xamarin.Forms-specific naming conventions (e.g StackLayout instead of StackPanel)

                                    340 votes
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                                      5 comments  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      This is great feedback. We are excited about the Xamarin acquisition and the .NET ecosystem around cross-platform apps. We are currently looking at this and similar feedback on how we can improve the experience of working with both Xamarin.Forms and UWP implementations of XAML.

                                    • Convert an individual account into a company one

                                      I started as a sole developer, and now there's a group of us, and we are registered as a business with IRS. I would like to be able to convert my individual account in the Marketplace into a company one without losing my publisher name, my brand, my app portfolio and my user base. It is a common scenario in the "real" world, so why should it be impossible in the Marketplace?

                                      339 votes
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                                        14 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Starting this month apps can be transferred from one account to another. To start the process you need to open a support ticket to start the process. Once you submit the request, you’ll get a checklist (for example you need to finish any pending submissions, export the reports). The acquisitions, reviews history and users are transferred, though the historical revenue is not transferred. The feature is available to every app, except if the app has IAP – support for IAP is being investigated for the future.

                                        So this feature does not convert one account to another type, but allows a developer to create a company account and then transfer apps from an individual account to the new company Dev Center account.

                                      • API to send SMS (via code without user input)

                                        Me and two friends of mine created an app that won in a Windows Hackathon held by Microsoft Cyprus. We actually won the Hackathon without finishing our app due to limitations of Windows phone API. We need some sort of API to automatically send an SMS. The reason for it to be automatic is because this is for cases when the owner of the phone is unable (asleep or something similar) to do so. If you are concerned about security reasons a good implementation of this API would be to always notify the user that a message from that application…

                                        338 votes
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                                          25 comments  ·  Device - Phone / Mobile  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow users with the developer role to create app packages in Visual Studio

                                          It's great that the Dev Center now allows multiple users to access the same account, and I can submit app packages as a user with the developer role: https://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/apps/mt489008.aspx.

                                          However, it would be even better if it allowed users with the developer role to create app packages in Visual Studio. At the moment, it is impractical for me as a developer to keep asking my boss for his Microsoft account just to create app packages.

                                          338 votes
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                                            working on it  ·  7 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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