Unofficial Windows Phone Marketplace request site launches
While we have a nice selection of apps on the Marketplace, we can certainly always use some more. And not just random apps but specific ones for certain services. The question is how do we let devs know?
One way is to simply vote. And now you can. Using the third-party service UserVoice, anyone can create a site that allows people to solicit feedback from customers and that's exactly what Scott Dorman, a Microsoft MVP, has done with Windows Phone Marketplace Requests. Folks can go there, type in an app and others can vote, it's really that simple.
Of course what does that mean? Well, it certainly is a way to gauge interest in apps but since this is not a Microsoft site and has no affiliation with the Windows Phone Marketplace, there's nothing really binding here. Furthermore, while many of us would like a Hulu app for Windows Phone, third-party devs can't access proprietary services, so requesting one here may not be the best way to get their attention.
Certainly feedback is good but in the end, there's only one thing that will bring more apps and services to Windows Phone: marketshare. When Microsoft's OS starts picking up steam, devs and companies will notice and respond accordingly. Until then, feel free to vote away.
Source: WP Marketplace Request; Original handout image (opens in new tab) via Shutterstock
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might want to check your spelling there
The uservoice site is legit.
I posted I would like to see more apps related to firearms and the competitive shooter. We just recently got Ballistica but that's about the only thing in Marketplace right now. I don't belong or go to the other sites so I don't actually have the other details about Developers and such so my recommendation was declined by the operators there. I just did a quick search of one of the sites to get developer names and program titles to see if that makes a difference or not.
At least it shows they do watch these and will hopefully keep the site from becoming a anti WP comment area. I could easily see the potential for troll attacks.
Works great, once I figured it out......... and read the guidelines.......
Good setup to add an app, give a little detail and move on to the next one.