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Microsoft pulls back a bit from feature requests for Windows Phone 7.8

Posted: , by Maxwell R.

Microsoft pulls back a bit from feature requests for Windows Phone 7.8
Just a few days ago, we reported that Microsoft was seeking feedback from users on the Windows Phone UserVoice site about what features they wanted to see integrated into Windows Phone 7.8.  The premise had a lot of people excited, but may have misled some into thinking there would be high levels of support and development.  To their credit, the Windows Phone team was specific in their message, however you can also see how this would incite quite a bit of activity, as the Windows Phone 7.x environment does lack a lot of features compared to the competition.

“As you know, Windows Phone 8 is a generational shift in technology, which means that it will not run on existing hardware. BUT we care deeply about our existing customers and would like to know SPECIFICALLY what features you would like to see on 7.8 and vote INDIVIDUALLY for the one that you want most (vs. one large grab bag of features).”

Well, the user response was rather spirited, one might say. Thousands of responses and votes, and just a few days later, Microsoft updated their position.

“We are truly floored over the excitement about future Windows Phone releases. Unfortunately our earlier response on this post was not well worded. We really do care about your feedback. This forum is intended to seek suggestions on future product features but it is not set up to take requests for specific product versions. We apologize for the confusion.

We would like to reinforce that for this forum to work optimally we would need users to create unique suggestions each with a single idea. This particular suggestion item has many varied ideas and because of that we aren’t able to infer what is the most important to this forum. Please reallocate your votes to other suggestions that have a single idea.”

Now one might view this as an attempt to walk away from the idea, but the operative wording for "users to create unique suggestions each with a single idea" and to “reallocate your votes to other suggestions that have a single idea” is what is important. If you browse through the UserVoice site, you can see that a huge portion of the responses were veritable laundry lists of features being requested. It would stand to argue that the Windows Phone team was looking to aggregate the most common feature requests. Unfortunately, rather than setting up a single-selection survey, they positioned themselves to be on the receiving end of a tidal wave.

So, if you had to pick only ONE feature what would it be? In the Windows Phone 7.x ecosystem that is not such an easy question to answer.

sources: Windows Phone UserVoice, WMPoweruser

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posted on 13 Sep 2012, 09:55 15

1. djripster (Posts: 138; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)

The ONE feature I want for my WP7.x device is....

Windows Phone 8 :)

[hey first comment yeah !!!]

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 12:05 1

7. yousef8824 (Posts: 36; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)


posted on 13 Sep 2012, 09:58

2. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

It is definatly not. might get a Lumia 900 though, so the newer features matter

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 10:20 2

3. papss (unregistered)

Still another day and no mention of a release date/ price for the 920.. come on already.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 14:50 4

11. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

you can pre order a factory unlocked lumia 920 on ebay for around 900 dollars..... LOL


posted on 13 Sep 2012, 10:29 1

4. Jeromeo (Posts: 135; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)

This snafu is just the kinda thing that Microsoft seems to be great at...
They seem to be veterans at pissing off the consumer.
So, is Nokia rubbing off on them? Or is it the other way around?

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 10:35 3

5. Suts_97 (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 May 2012)

Mass storage mode would be the one I would really like to have on WP7.8.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 11:05 2

6. Loubielou (Posts: 555; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

Nokia will be back to there same trend again,they Announce a phone an instead of releasing it with in a Week,it will take them 3-6 months before its Released,What happens a Nokia when releasing phones its just shows no improvement at All,an if Mr Matrinez of mobile-review.com slams this phone down it might be 9 months like we got from Nokia with the N8

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 16:34 2

12. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Rome wasn't built in a day. Michaelangelo didn't paint the Sistine Chapel murals in a week. True quality takes time.
While I understand the appeal of apple's model (announce & sell within days/hours), there is a pleasant sense of anticipation waiting for Nokia's devices, because 1) they're worth the wait 2) no immediate gratification and then sudden depression once you have it, then waiting for "the next big thing" 3) the quality and reliability are there 4) buyers are getting the best of what the manufacturer can do en masse and they know exactly what they're getting, no crazy waits or weirdos with no life camping out in front of a store for something superficial and unsatisfying

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 12:26 2

8. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

Being able to customize the home screen would be nice

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 16:37 1

13. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Define "customize". I can change the color of the tiles, rearrange them, add and delete tiles, substitute live versions for more up-to-the-moment info at a glance, have a shortcut to something with a press or a short flick, with a simple black or white background which conserves energy and doesn't clash or distract from the activity on the active tiles. If I want a pretty picture or video to play, it's a slight press away to get to my gallery, or it's already set as my lock screen

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 06:25

15. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

Change backgrounds, launchers, widgets, etc

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 14:05 3

9. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 1042; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

Ability to Multitask properly, e.g. the way WM6.5 and Android do.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 14:50 2

10. Loubielou (Posts: 555; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

If For Years with Nokia Symbian phones could be Customized how your phone looked with themes an Wallpapers,but the Look of the Stupid Tiles makes anybody look at a Windows phone an does that look Weird or Horrible,an deters you from buying it,one more change Nokia/microsoft have got to put on Windows before it attracts buyers

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 17:30 1

14. xtroid2k (Posts: 534; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)

I don't really have a desired feature. The phone works great for my self. Improved audio, improved web browsing which is good already and true multitasking. Finally Ms did a half ass job with its integrated services apps such as Facebook and twitter

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 10:27

16. kingpinchino (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)

All I ask is flash player so I can watch videos on more than 1/4 of the sites and a download manager so I can download music and other things.

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