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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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      13 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.

    • 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.

      327 votes
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        working on it  ·  7 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add a SavePng extension to WriteableBitmap (similar to SaveJpeg)

        When you create a tile dynamically, it is common to want to save it as a Png file so that it uses transparency (so that it respects the theme accent color).
        However, there is no built in method to save a WriteableBitmap as a png.
        There is however a nice extension to save it to jpg, but that doesn't help if you want to use transparency to leverage the theme accent color in your tile.

        I think many apps that need to generate a tile dynamically will encounter this issue.

        326 votes
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          5 comments  ·  Audio/Graphics  ·  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…

          324 votes
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            6 comments  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  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…

            279 votes
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              19 comments  ·  SDK - Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • API Access for Quick Access Area in file explorer

              On Pre Windows 10 (tested XP-8.1) i was able to create a link in the favourite section of the file explorer (done with WshShellClass). With the quick access bar in windows 10 it's not working anymore since quick access is something new (like it so far).

              Please provide an API for accessing quick access. A Bonus would be to be able to set a link for all users (incl. the user accounts to come).

              .Net API preferred, at least Win32 API

              272 votes
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                20 comments  ·  Data Store APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                We are currently investigating how an API like this would work given a user could remove the item from the Quick Access area inside the file explorer. One thought currently is this would be a user opt-in feature where a user could deny your app from being allowed to even add it.

                We would love to hear the scenarios on how your app would use such a feature and some edge cases that would be relevant to you. This will allow us to properly form true developer driven scenarios.

              • Live tile animations or live tile from xaml

                Live tiles are great. Would prefer some way to great animated live tiles like the Xbox games or music apps.

                Also good if we have a convenient way to create live tiles from xaml. Currently need to generate a bitmap image which not works well for list, etc...

                261 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  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.

                  253 votes
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                    6 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  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

                    250 votes
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                      5 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  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…

                      247 votes
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                        5 comments  ·  Input (Mouse, Touch, Controller)  ·  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)

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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.

                        • 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…

                          235 votes
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                            66 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Low Latency Sound Effect support

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

                            231 votes
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                              7 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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.

                              229 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  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.

                                225 votes
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                                  4 comments  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  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!

                                  221 votes
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                                    8 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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 .

                                    213 votes
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                                      6 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  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.

                                      207 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  Framework  ·  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,…

                                        203 votes
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                                          3 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Windows 10 UWP should support Reflection.Emit for Mocking frameworks

                                          The lack of Reflection.Emit in UWP significantly impacts the ability of developers to create clean, AAA-compliant unit tests in an MVVM environment (the recommended architecture for building UWP apps). With no Reflection.Emit it is impossible to build a Mocking framework for providing testable implementations of interfaces used in Dependency Injection.

                                          202 votes
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                                            6 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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