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  1. 税金関係の手続きについて、日本語のサポートを提供してほしい。

    有料アプリを公開する際に必要になる ITIN あるいは EIN について、取得が不要になるのがベストですが、取得のためのサポートを日本語で提供してほしいと思います。
    現状、W-7 とか SS-4 とかの書類を書いて提出しなければなりませんが、Instructions ももちろん英語なので、ちゃんと書けているか自信がありません。
    申請には、お金も時間もかかります。NG だとがっくり来ます。
    MS さんの方でテンプレートを用意して頂くとか、書いたものを添削して頂くとかして、一発で取得できるようにして頂きたいと思います。

    よろしくお願いいたします。

    ところで、Web で検索すると、EIN の取得方法は結構見つかりますが、ITIN はほとんど見つかりません。
    取得代行をやっている業者も、EIN はありますが、ITIN はありません。
    ただ、どちらを取るべきかと言えば、本来は ITIN だと思うのですが…。
    ITIN の場合、パスポートの公証をしてもらわないといけないので、それだけで結構な費用が掛かり、何度も申請する気にはなれません。

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      1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Provide a low-level API for Bluetooth LE (useful for beacons and RSSI)

      It would be very useful to have a low-level API for Bluetooth LE, because it would allow us to design applications that make use of some very interesting features of Bluetooth LE, like Observer and Broadcaster roles. With such an API it would be possible for example to scan for beacons.

      Windows CE had such a low-level API, built on top of HCI (Host Controller Interface).

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        0 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Render Image from UIElement in Background task to update live tile

        One of the things that makes Windows Phone unique is all the different custom live tiles that developers could make by rendering UIElements into images and updating the live tile with them. In Windows Phone 8.1 WinRT, there's a new rule that developers can only render UIElements that are in the VisualTree. This means that developers can't render UIElements from a background task, which is very important to us developers who want to provide a custom live tile for our users.

        Please remove the restriction that a UIElement needs to be in the VisualTree.

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          2 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Provide access to Mango scan text API

          Mango provides a good feature to scan an image for a text. It would be great to provide a new launcher/task which uses this new existing funtionality to get a string from an image.
          Otherwise we need to create our own control to scan an image and extract strings with an ocr library. I'm not happy to implement something which is already there.

          Even if this API would use a webservice and needs network access, I would be fine with that.

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            1 comment  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • DreamSparkのアカウントでも、デプロイ数を10にしてほしい

            AppHubのアカウントは現在DreamSparkのプログラムから登録していますが、デプロイできるアプリ数が 3 に制限されています。
            どういう経緯で学生アカウントはデプロイ数を3にしたのかはわかりませんが、たくさんアプリを作りたいという思考とそれに費やせる時間がたくさんある学生にとって、この数では気軽にアプリは作れません。
            プライベート配布で審査に一度通したり、ベータテストとして申請したとしても、それが反映されるのには時間が掛かります。

            デバイスのロック解除数が減るならわかりますが、アプリのデプロイ数が減るのは不思議な話です。
            できることなら、一般アカウントと同等の10までにしてほしいところです。

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              0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Bring ftpwebrequest to Windows Phone

              Since the easiest way to get hold of files to be used in programs is by downloading them from a network or the internet and saving them in isolated storage it would make the whole thing a lot easier if you could do this with FTP. FTP is still one of the most used protocols for retrieving files. And using a proxy is not always an options since some of us would like to be able to reach FTP servers that is on a separate network.

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                2 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Full file management Windows.StorageFile, Windows.StorageFile.KnownFolders and raw Media file access as in Windows 8.1

                Hi,
                I think it's useful if both windows phone 8.x and windows 8.x will have a similar way to access filesystem content and implement ALL the APIs here:

                http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/hh465199.aspx
                http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/hh464978.aspx
                http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/windows.storage.knownfolders.aspx
                http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/jj218966.aspx

                In particular, having only the possibility of accessing media files through the XNA API doesn't deliver a UX on par with other platforms.

                As an example, we have a media player app for iOS, Android, Windows 8.1 that does some sound processing and mixing between mp3 files available in the library and the recording of the mic.

                Currently, it is not possible for us to release this feature…

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                  0 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Access Bluetooth and WiFi RSSI values

                  It would be very useful if there is an API that can allow accessing low level values like to the RSSI value of Bluetooth (both EDR and LE) and WiFi connections. This would open new applications that perform positioning and tracking of mobile phones as well as locating BLE based accessories.

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                    2 comments  ·  Communication APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Access Cards API

                    API to emulate Radio Access Cards using NFC. That way WP can be used as a universal access card. A lot of corporate users who have to carry their access card with them will appreciate it. It will eliminate the situation when a person forgets his access card and has to go to the security office to get a temporary one.
                    One possible application of such API is ability to configure the access card ID from Active Directory. That way IT administrators will be able to provision new access codes using familiar infrastructure.
                    It will also make a corporation more…

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                      2 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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…

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                        6 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Filter app reviews by version number.

                        Sometimes reviews can be for previous versions of the app. This can lead to some confusion about complaints in the reviews and whether they were fixed or not. Many times I've read reviews for apps and decided to not get it because I was unsure whether it was listened to and fixed or not.
                        iOS has this implemented in their store and I believe it works great. If its not a legal issue, I firmly believe this needs to be implemented in the Windows Phone store.

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                          0 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Wp 8.1 Map control should be MVVP compliant!

                          Map control for windows phone 8.1 is not MVVP compliant and this forces me to create View aware ViewModels that makes them untestable and not easily reusable.

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                            0 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Live Tile Update

                            The Live Tile doesnt seem to update by itself for new items until i open the app and close it. No amount of rebooting/resetting seems to help. While Toast Notifications seem to work "real-time", the Live Tile update simply doesnt. To my mind this defeats the very purpose of a "Live" tile. Went through quite a few forums and this seems to be a common refrain. Using a Lumia 920.

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                              1 comment  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Hi Anand, can you provide some additional information to help us look into this? Are you referring to a specific tile, or live tiles in general?

                              Currently, Live Tiles are able to update every 30 minutes via a Background Task/Background Agent, or immediately via Push Notifications if the developer has offered that functionality. Please note that if your phone is in Battery Saver mode then live tiles might not update until battery saver has been turned off.

                            • Change or delete a Reserved Name

                              Currently you CANNOT change or delete a Reserved Name.

                              Furthermore, if you reserve a name you will NEVER be able to transfer the App.

                              Form support: "The reserved name is a permanent value in the system. ... When a developer reserves a name for an app, it permanently links the app ID to the specific developer that reserved the name of the app. This functionality prevents us from being able to migrate an app from one developer to another."

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                                4 comments  ·  Windows Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Allow On/Off button for any app to be placed into Action Center

                                Although the Action center quick settings are really useful, it's still quite limited - no option to toggle Mobile data or force Battery Saver.

                                It would be ideal to allow ANY developer to place his app On/Off button inside this Action Center, for instance:
                                - enable/disable Fitbit tracking
                                - turn lights on/off at home via light controlling app
                                - Start Xbox One remotely via Smartglass app
                                - and much more, the possibilities are endless!

                                Ideally it should be as powerful as Secondary tiles.

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                                  4 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Avoid Tolls in Bing Maps Navigation

                                  You should be able to select alternate routes in Bing Maps. This should include a way to avoid highways, toll roads, and heavy traffic. Selecting a diferent route in general would be a nice feature.

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                                  • Provide API for hardware encoding/decoding and manipulation of H.264/MPEG-4 video

                                    It is nearly impossible to edit videos recorded by the phone on the isolated storage, it shouldn't be this hard. One has to write its own libraries simply to encode and decode videos and access the frames, let alone manipulate them and do something useful. Even with native code support on WP8 it is very time consuming to port existing libraries to do this.

                                    I think it would be much easier to just provide APIs for the hardware encoder/decoder to edit videos on isolated storage (and with better performance)

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                                      1 comment  ·  Camera + Video APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Trial feature should be built-in.

                                      The trial feature should be built-in with automatic enforcement, user prompting, disabling, etc, just as it is in the Windows Store.

                                      In the Windows store, I can choose trial mode for my app, and then pick the number of days I want the trial to last. From there, everything is taken care of for me. If the user uninstalls during a trial, it tracks this fact and prevents them from starting a new trial later.

                                      Contrast this with the Windows Phone world, where the developer indicates trial mode in the store, but has to manually track the number of days…

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                                        0 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Remove Search Restrictions

                                        Remove the 50 apps limit from the phone and 100 app limit from the marketplace web site when users search for an app with a search term. If an app can not be found with its ideal keyword (becuase over a hundred apps already have used that search term) then new apps cannot be found with their ideal search terms. The concept of paging using skip and take very easily resolves this issue. It's quite dissapointing that a Bible app cannot be found with the search term bible.

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                                          8 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Support multiple media elements

                                          To support things like midroll video advertisments, multiple MediaElements are needed. This is supported in Silverlight for the web.

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                                            0 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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