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  1. Add Iran to Devs Account Registration

    Please , Add Iran to your supported countries list in Developer Account Registration.
    We'll develop great apps for Windows Store.

    981 votes
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      255 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Show a paid app w/ a "trial" option in the "free apps" category

      When I create a paid app with a trial option, many users blow right by it because it doesn't show up in the "free" category even though a light version of the app is free (via the trial).

      Some people are resorting to the super-inefficient Apple app store method of releasing 2 versions of the app... one that shows up in the "free" category and another that runs as a paid app. The "trial" is a fantastic concept, but it is hobbled by this oversight

      707 votes
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        44 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Fight spam/fraud apps more aggresively

        There are several developers using dishonest methods to boost their apps, including fake ratings. Those apps are as good as useless to consumers (cheap website wrappers etc.) and still have dozens of maximum ratings shortly after being released. Those apps get ranked high in the listings and take away the place of the few others that actually are good.

        Reporting usually takes several days or more than one week until something actually happens. Also, I've heard that MS just warns those devs, but even lets them keep obvious fake max ratings. This just makes me angry as a serious developer!

        325 votes
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        • Provide fix for c101a7d1 when updating, 80004005 when installing, license reset on reinstall

          Microsoft Support recommended me to post the issue here. There seems to be a long-standing serious issue with the Store (or possibly the dev portal) which needs to be addressed urgently. There's a history of apps affected by this issue and possibly more apps to be affected in the future if the issue goes unfixed.

          The problem starts after a certain app update. The symptoms are as stated in the title. Certain users who had installed the app prior to the problematic update are affected. Fresh users are not affected by this issue. While it is possible to reinstall the…

          309 votes
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            52 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Possibility to delete an app completely from Dashboard

            Please add the possibility to delete an app completely from your Dashboard on Dev Center.
            Right now it's only possible to hide an submitted app from store. It's so sad that developers have to stay with all of their apps which are completely useless and already hided from store for a long time.

            307 votes
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              52 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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.

              276 votes
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                46 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.

              • 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…

                240 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.

                • 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。

                  186 votes
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                    4 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  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.

                    176 votes
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                      on the backlog  ·  1 comment  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  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.

                      146 votes
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                        working on it  ·  8 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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?

                        138 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.

                        • 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 .

                          98 votes
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                          • Allow changing the country and name after registration on Windows Phone Store, PubCenter and Windows Store

                            Allow changing the country and name after registration on Windows Phone Store, PubCenter and Windows Store.

                            77 votes
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                            • Need more info for stack trace

                              Now with Win10 Dashboard the stack trace only provide a snippet of the error which is included in the error lines. However with the new dashboard this is the only information that is provided on the dashboard. It's not enough for devs :(

                              67 votes
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                                9 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Can you include in this user voice entry the specific details of what is missing? we are working on improving these reports, and the more specific information we have about issues the more we will be able to add.

                              • Support To New Applications (New & Rising list)

                                Platform should support new applications that are not big companies'. In these days all new applications don't appear in New+Rising category, and some new applications are dying. We have communicate with Microsoft Support about this situation and they said "We don't promise "New applications always enter New+Rising category" to developers. It is so embarrassing for small companies or freelance developers. You should support new applications, you should support us.

                                62 votes
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                                • Add Payoneer as a payment method for Windows Phone Store / Windows Store / PubCenter earnings.

                                  Add Payoneer as a payment method for Windows Phone Store / Windows Store / PubCenter earnings.

                                  61 votes
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                                  • Donationware ability for Windows Store

                                    It's a lot easier to build a following when it's free. Keeping this in mind, was thinking of making some of my products donationware. Would it be feasible to somehow make this type of offering as part of the store?

                                    The ability for an end user to donate allows me to make the app free. Donations should be supported

                                    Any feedback is appreciated, Thanks, John.

                                    57 votes
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                                      11 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Allows 1080x1920 pixel screenshots to be uploaded to Dev Center

                                      When uploading screenshots, we are given the choice to upload one of the these sizes: 768 x 1280, 720 x 1280, or 480 x 800 pixels

                                      I would like to recommend adding the ability to upload screenshots in 1080x1920 pixel size. Lumia 1520 takes screenshots in 1080x1920 size and having to resize 8 screenshots across multiple languages is not how a developer should spend time. 1080x1920 is the same aspect ratio as 720x1280 so it should be easily down scalable.

                                      38 votes
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                                      • Use beta apps also on Windows

                                        Today only Windows Phone Store allows creation of beta and hidden apps. The Windows Dev Center does not allow that. It is very important that we support beta for both Windows Phone and Windows.

                                        33 votes
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                                        • Hide support email address on Windows Store's App webpage

                                          There has been a huge spike in spammers scraping the Windows Store website for apps' support email.

                                          The automated script leaves a 5 star review and asks that you do the same for their app. Here is an example:

                                          *****************************************
                                          Hello Lancelot Software,

                                          What if we will exchange apps reviews? I recenlty rated your app https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/hacked/9nblggh6850j with 5 stars and caption and text 'Great Tool' / 'I will admit that installing this app was an ordeal. I want to thank Lancelot for taking the time to communicate quickly with me. I like the ease of the app and recommend this…

                                          27 votes
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