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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?

    133 votes
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      15 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.

    • 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.

      128 votes
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        4 comments  ·  Audio/Graphics/Media playback  ·  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

        121 votes
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          28 comments  ·  File IO / 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.

        • 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…

          120 votes
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            68 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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…

            115 votes
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              5 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • AirDrop equivalent

              This is more than an API, it's a feature for windows 8 and windows phone 8.
              An equivalent to airdrop so all those users using your platforms could send any file easily. It should work over wifi ad-hoc (wifi direct), Bluetooth Ethernet zigbee or other.
              Just imagine all all those apps on all devices could have a way to communicate with each other.
              You could use this to make the win phone office remote app connect to the laptop without the need of a wifi hotspot.

              114 votes
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                3 comments  ·  Missing APIs  ·  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.

                107 votes
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                  4 comments  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • UWP System tray support

                  I would like the ability to give my app the ability to be in the system tray.

                  In addition, I would like the ability to minimize my app to the system tray as well.

                  104 votes
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                    6 comments  ·  Framework  ·  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.

                    101 votes
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                      working on it  ·  8 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  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 .

                      96 votes
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                        6 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add a Windows API to show progress on the taskbar

                        Right now we can't show progress on the taskbar for example to let a user see the current status of a download or something else. Media player buttons are possible in the taskbar but why not the progressbar?

                        94 votes
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                          3 comments  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  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.

                          93 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Device Portal on Phone should show battery life remaining

                            HoloLens has a battery life indicator in Device Portal. As another device with a battery, Windows Mobile should also have one.

                            90 votes
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                              on the backlog  ·  1 comment  ·  Windows Device Portal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • [Bug] - 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

                              90 votes
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                                5 comments  ·  XAML/Controls APIs (UWP)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • UWP Windows Always On Top

                                Allow an API to cause the window to be always on top. This is great when watching a video while other apps are in full screen. It'll be like Picture in picture (PIP).
                                Another use case for this would media player controls so that they are always visible. Also, an application like ColorPic.

                                89 votes
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                                  fine feedback. :)  ·  7 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • API for manipulating the Search key inside apps to search for content (app content, settings etc)

                                  Right now, if you single press the Search button inside an app (or anywhere else in the phone), Cortana is launched muted while with a double tap Cortana is launched waiting to here the user speaking. I think that a wise addition would be to create a "Universal" search platform that when enabled, a single tap on the Search button will bring up only a search bar and with that, the user would search for content inside the app (and by "content" I'm talking specifically for app content).

                                  89 votes
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                                    5 comments  ·  Missing APIs  ·  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.

                                    88 votes
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                                      6 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Get currently playing song information

                                      Within Windows Phone 8.0 it was possible to use the Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Media.MediaPlayer to get information (song, album, artist name) about the currently playing songs. WP 8.1, RT and Universal don't provide a way to read this information, I can only write them using the SystemMediaTransportControls.

                                      Pleas bring back the capability to read this information.

                                      85 votes
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                                        6 comments  ·  Audio/Graphics/Media playback  ·  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,…

                                        79 votes
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                                          3 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • UWP Input Validation

                                          As an enterprise developer we need a richer set of Line of Business features. Input validation is fundamental to business applications and should not require us to roll our own or find a 3rd party solution.

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