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  1. 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?

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      12 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.

    • Bug: Microsoft Store is hiding apps that are published as "Your app can be found by customers browsing or searching the Store."

      There is a very annoying bug in the Windows 10 Store that hides apps form listing. Microsoft is not solving this issue. Please vote so that this issue get addressed.

      The Problem:

      The apps are accessible with the Store link: e.g. https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9WZDNCRFJ323

      But if you try to search for it, e.g. Announcements for Windows, the app is not listed. The same applies when you list all apps from the publisher/developer.

      In the Dashboard, the submission is configured like this: Distribution = Your app can be found by customers browsing or searching the Store.

      Microsoft Support just answer this:

      I reviewed…

      297 votes
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        19 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  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.

        288 votes
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          6 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Ability to run and use an emulator image in as a remote VM

          A developer should be able to run an emulator instance outside of the developer's environment, and be able to connect/deploy/debug into that remote VM.

          Potential scenarios:
          - Developer doesn't have SLAT on their machine and wants to run the VM on a SLAT capable machine/server
          - Developer is running their dev environment in a virtual environment (e.g., local Hyper-V, remote Hyper-V, Parallels) and wants to run the emulator in another child VM on the same physical host they are running on (since she can't run a VM inside of a VM)
          - The ability to run a dev environment fully…

          270 votes
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            19 comments  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • UWP SQL Server API

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

            260 votes
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              2 comments  ·  Phone Data Store APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 259 votes
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                22 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Using SmartPhone Screen as mousepad & virtual Controller for XBOX/PS

                From past few day I am working on an innovative idea.
                The idea is:-
                Why not use your smartphone as a xbox, ps controller. Why not use it as a mouse.

                controller:
                If you donot have joystick to play your xbox/ps games just connect your phone to xbox/ps via data cable and use the virtual controller on your smartphone screen as a real gaming controller.

                Mousepad/touchpad:
                Just connect your smartphone to computer and use it surface as mouse

                The problem I am facing:-
                1. In can make the Gui but how the will the xbox/ps recognize that this is a…

                237 votes
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                  5 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Debug over Wifi

                  When you unplug a WP device from your computer while debugging, you get an error message that the device on an IP address and port is no longer responding. If the debugger connects to the phone via IP, then why not allow for debugging over the local network? That way, someone can develop for Windows Phone in a Hyper-V VM, and still debug on a physical phone, just without plugging it in. There ought to be a way to build a Debug Agent app that can broadcast itself to the network so Visual Studio knows where to look.

                  233 votes
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                    6 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Windows & WP have an wrong text display problem for mixed RTL & LTR text

                    Wrong text display when write an English(LTR) word inside an Persian(Farsi) or Arabic(RTL) text(See Picture) when APP language et to English( This mean is Controls "FlowDirection"="LeftToRight")

                    http://www.4shared.com/download/6wEhQ5Dcba/RTL_Problem2.jpg?sbsr=9d532eaef2551bc183b0d3a8201742533d0d56b269bcfb13&lgfp=3000

                    For solve this problem must "FlowDirection" property set automatic for RTL and LTR text through checking first char in text.
                    Like this Suggestion

                    https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/110705-universal-windows-platform/suggestions/8524696-add-auto-mode-to-flowdirection-property

                    And for better performance

                    https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/253374-missing-platform-apis/suggestions/8526205-provide-apis-for-detect-current-keyboard-language

                    224 votes
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                      5 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Low Latency Sound Effect support

                      Needed to create pro level sequencers, synths and music creation related apps!

                      222 votes
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                        7 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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.

                        216 votes
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                          4 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Issues with Search

                          Here is a simple example that I really have a hard time understanding.
                          The name of our software is "J&L Financial Planner." It shows up in the store as "JL Planner."
                          The description has the words "planner", "Financial Planner" and most term one would associate with an app whose sole purpose is to provide financial planning.
                          I don't understand why if I search with the simple term as "planner" it does not show up. It does not show up with "financial p;lanner" either. One would hope if I search for a word in the title our app would show up…

                          214 votes
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                            33 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Detect VPN status

                            When a VPN is configured on a Windows Phone 8.1 device, non obvious badness will occur.

                            Even if it is not currently active it will intercept local network traffic and prevent some apps which are supposed to operate against a home network from working (UPnP, network shares, home media sharing, etc).

                            There is no way with the current SDK for a developer to detect this.

                            This leaves developers with only unappealing options:

                            1. Suffer with negative ratings because of broken functionality with apps that worked under 8.0 or without a VPN.
                            2. Prompt all users with a warning that they…

                            210 votes
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                              53 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Background app execution

                              If iOS and Android can do it why can't Windows Phone? Like all the Timer apps on Android & iOS, they can update the badge numbers real time giving you a true countdown timer experience. Why cant Windows Phone do this? It should be able to do this! Would battery experience really degrade that much? If so me thinks this is a fundamental flaw in the OS!

                              206 votes
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                                8 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • SIP Stack

                                A business feature that would be really nice to have support for it the ability to tie into a VoIP network for voip phone calls... the most common architecture is the SIP (Session Initiation Protocol). So I would like the ability to configure a SIP client that ties into our VoIP PBX and phone system.. so my WP7 would basically become my desk phone (extension). The only way this would really work well is if it ran in the background like the phone's native phone functionality.

                                201 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Framework  ·  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.

                                  194 votes
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                                    4 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Expand/Enable Universal Windows Platform to Transpile to JavaScript (iOS/Droid Compatibility)

                                    Companies like CSHTML5 (http://cshtml5.com) and DuoCode (http://duoco.de) are already doing this, but it would be great to see this effort officially adopted into the Microsoft Universal Windows Platform.

                                    Using Roslyn (as DuoCode does), UWP Applications written in Xaml and C#/VB.NET get transpiled into JavaScript and rendered via HTML5 canvas. The results of which could be hosted anywhere that HTML5/JS can run, notably iOS and Droid platforms. Or even on a regular ol' website.

                                    A mechanism that operates like PhoneGap/Cordova would have to be implemented so that access to external hardware APIs can be achieved.

                                    That way,…

                                    186 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Documentation for App URI Schemes

                                      The windows phone developer site should have a place where app developers can search for URI schemes used in other windows phone apps, and get relevant documentation for them.

                                      When submitting an app the store submission process should prompt you to link to documentation for any URI schemes your app includes in the manifest file, or mark them as private URIs if you don't want to document them.

                                      This idea came from a conversation around Matt Lacey's blog post: http://mrlac.eu/1lxwDi4 where he found over 300 URI schemes from some of the top apps in the store, many of which do…

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                                        2 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Set break/trace-points in XAML x:Bind to have it set in code-gen

                                        When debugging XAML apps, it should be possible to set a breakpoint or tracepoint on an x:Bind and have the debugger stop on the code-gen binding.

                                        The generated bindings code is very large and not easy to follow. Further, it doesn't even exist until compilation and even then isn't visible to the user in VS.

                                        The idea here is to set a breakpoint or tracepoint in XAML and have VS break on the appropriate code-gen method instead.

                                        180 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • ペアレンタルコントロールか年齢認証をつけてほしい。

                                          別に提案した「2ch ブラウザの申請を通してほしい。遮断する理由が聞きたい。(http://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/136286-app-platform-japan/suggestions/2323141-)」ですが、聞くところによると 2ch は U13 コンテンツが存在しているために一律審査却下の方針をとることにしたようです。

                                          審査を行うマイクロソフトの立場は理解できます。また開発者自身が U13 コンテンツに誘導した等の理由で訴追されるリスクを回避することができるので、ある面からは必要不可欠な判断かもしれません(ここではこの議論はしません)。

                                          今後このような事があっても対応できるように、
                                          1. OS 自体にペアレンタルコントロールの機能をもしくは年齢認証をつける。
                                          2. アプリ側の Capability に Adult Related Contens があるソフトは起動しない。
                                          などの処理を行ってほしい。

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