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

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.

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.

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



1. djripster

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

The ONE feature I want for my WP7.x device is.... Windows Phone 8 :) [hey first comment yeah !!!]

7. yousef8824

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 28, 2012


2. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

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

3. papss unregistered

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

11. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

4. Jeromeo

Posts: 135; Member since: Jan 11, 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?

5. Suts_97

Posts: 128; Member since: May 05, 2012

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

6. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 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 slams this phone down it might be 9 months like we got from Nokia with the N8

12. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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

8. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Being able to customize the home screen would be nice

13. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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

15. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Change backgrounds, launchers, widgets, etc

9. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

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

10. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 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

14. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 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

16. kingpinchino

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 16, 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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