Respond to reviews and PayPal payout option available to more Windows Phone developers

Expanding Respond to Reviews to more developers

Last April, we announced that the option would be available for developers to respond to user reviews. This new capability enables developers to respond to reviews of Windows Phone apps directly from Dev Center.

The feedback from all developers who have been able to respond to reviews has been very positive so far, with developers using this feature to help users resolve questions, inform them of a new version of the app, and increase user satisfaction with their apps.

I am pleased to announce that today we completed the rollout of this feature to all eligible Windows Phone developers.

To use this feature, go to Dev Center, select the Dashboard for Windows Phone, then select one of your published Windows Phone apps and look at the reviews screen. If you see the “Respond” box in the lower right corner of the review, your account is ready to respond to reviews.

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This feature is designed to respond to user concerns and questions, and should not be used to spam your users, reengage with previous users, or advertise additional apps or services, as described in the Respond to Reviews guidelines. Microsoft retains the right to revoke a developer’s permission to send responses when developers don’t follow the guidelines.

Expanding Windows Phone Developer Payout Methods

Also starting this month, PayPal is enabled as a Windows Phone developer payout method in five additional markets: Cyprus, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Malta, and Russia.

In total, PayPal is now offered as a developer payout method in 41 Windows Phone markets: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong SAR, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and United States.

As you respond to reviews or set up PayPal as your payment option, please let us know your feedback, so we can keep improving these features.