Community feedback - What’s missing from Windows Phone 8?

As the title implies, we’re looking for your input on what is missing from Windows Phone 8.  Yes, it’s a somewhat of an odd question because as you know, Microsoft has not “officially” unveiled the entire consumer features of our waiting-in-the-wings OS. But you do know what we’ve shown you from the leaked SDK. Moreover, we know for a fact that some people back in Redmond want to know your thoughts on what you’ve seen so far—otherwise we wouldn’t be asking.

So consider this an unofficial-official survey of the largest Windows Phone community on the Internet...

WP Central

Here’s how we are going to do this: Instead of tossing up a survey or poll, we’re going to let it be a free-for-all in comments. Simply write in what you think are the top-three missing features (or that we haven’t seen yet) from Apollo.  Try to keep the diatribes and debates limited, as we would like some clean, concise results. For example:

  1. Notification center
  2. New backgrounds for the Start screen (not just dark/light)
  3. Facial recognition for screen unlock

In 24 hours, give or take, we’re going to take a gander of the results and try to come up with what are the top 5 features which you folks think are missing from the new OS. Then we will put up a poll to measure the priority which items are the most important to the community.

Now granted, we know for a fact that there are things we just don’t yet know about this OS so some items you many think are missing are actually there. Thems the breaks though as we’re working with what we have in front of us. Remember, things like screen-capture, options for alerts, app backup, etc. have been pretty much confirmed already, so try to think of things we haven't yet seen (you can go through our coverage first to get an idea:

And yes, if you are curious our results will be passed on to Microsoft for consideration by their team and their engineers, so please take this seriously…but have fun with it too. Go!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • I still think folders is a good idea for grouping similar apps.
  • +1 on the folders, I mean when u think windows, u think folders. I think Microsoft could incorporate them into metro in a unique way. I know they are trying to distinguish themselves from the other two major players but I think WP is unique enough where a folder system would only increase the whole glance and go aesthetic. The only thing I find annoying about WP is having to scroll FOREVER!!
  • +2 on folders I hate not having them. Also the ability to save any pic by taping & holding. Seams easy on Android but wp7.5 impossible.
  • Oh and support for landscape on the home screen
  • Aren't hubs folders in wp8?
  • I agrre. Need folders.
  • They could put folders like they do with the Groups for contacts.  Create a folder with news apps and the live tile flips and shows all the icons for the apps in there, like it does on the "people" tile.
  • The letter system is ok but if u haven't used an app in a while sometimes its hard to remember a name. A category is way easier.
  • LIKE. I'm not a big fan of folders personally, but I also know each app I've got. My wife wants folders, because she has stuff she won't remember the name of, and doesn't want to scroll through a long list. You can call them hubs if you want, and make them not look like folders.
  • You might be on to something. Kinda like how you can use labels in Gmail or categories in mail.
    I rather be able to pin a category than just have an old-school folder. Maybe you could associate an app with multiple categories so it surfaces during several different keyword searches, that's something you couldn't do with the old folder metaphor.
  • Is it? I thought the ability to resize live tiles was the answer for "folders"
  • Exactly
  • I want the ability to sort apps by something other than alpha. Like put most recent and most used at the top..
  • I know I would like this myself!
  • Swipe again to the left past app list to find. "recently used" apps. As we all have apps we constantly use but don't really want to showcase them on the main start screen.
  • I think a seperate list for downloaded apps would be useful and help cut down on the scrolling.
  • Make the search button search for whatever app your in not deafault back to bing search,,,,like when your in the market place and want to search from where your at and not have to go back to the main screen.
  • Actually the Bing search does search the marketplace, but I see your point....would be a good addition
  • This used to be present in the first release of wp7 and they dropped it in the mango update.
    Your so right, the search button should be contextual. If your in your contacts list for example it should search your contacts.
  • But they added search icons on the screen for those instances you talk about. I think the change in the search button's function from 7.0 to 7.5 was a more logical choice. The problem with the contextual search is that it won't work consistenly in third-party apps/games since developers would have to implement something to be searchable in their apps (which may not make much sense depending on what the app is)
    Now maybe MS could add a device-wide search if you tap and hold down the search button, I think everybody could get down with that.
  • Maybe some sort of comprimise would work,,,contextual for built in apps like contacts and the market place,,,I just think its kind of frustrating hitting the search button while in in the market place going to bing lol
  • Agree
  • Dont think folders will be coming to wp8 or anytime soon.  doubtful MS will put something in the OS that allows you to dump a load of apps into one folder, that is not the purpose of metro. 
    Essentially, the 4 small tiles that make up one medium tiles will pretty much your "folders" feature. 
  • Yer, I agree. Whilst I can sorta see why people want folders, it should be:
    * Front page, stuff you actually use
    * App list, place where the occasional stuff gets "dumped"
    I've got Apps I use everyday - on start screen.
    And stuff I use rarely in the Apps list.
    I personally think thats enough. I think part of the Windows legacy is the need to file into folders (I blame explorer for years of brain washing)
    I try to explain to people, the future is _not_ having to file. Its the App putting Docs in the correct place, and decent search to locate.
    Time will tell :)
  • I want folders bc: If I have music I could store in diff folders, same with pics & not to mention access to apps library (that would give us access to start creating themes) but bc of that I don't see ms integrating folders.
  • Isn't that what playlist do?  I have a playlist for 70s/80s/90s/ music, R&B, Rap, Country, Rock, etc... or is there something I'm missing? 
  • Put your pics in Albums? The functionality is already there
  • I'd love the ability to have a tile which can be a folder. Example is those lists apps. I can pin a To Do list, I can pin a Shopping List of groceries and a Shoping List of hardware for a diy project... 3 lists tiles. I'd like to decide it's a stack of tiles in one tile space which I can unstack to see them. Yes it is a bit Explorer, but it is logical. I'd also like to be able to pin an individual setting item. Eg Bluetooth on/off setting pinned. I have wi-fi and 3G on/off via an app but it's slow to work and update the live tile.
  • I get what you mean on the "folders" concept, but I think that the 4 mini-tiles will do what you want without taking up too much real estate. I think the part to remember as far as folders go is that Windows Phone was the "OS to save us from our phones" and Microsoft doesn't want to start layering crap-stuff-etc... down inside as it would require more time to find-get to-use... it.
    As far as the request for Wi-Fi/3G/Bluetooth/Network Settings goes, there is a great free App that places a tile on the front that gives you one touch access to those settings... I think it was called Network Dashboard or something like that. It's a simple click to turn on/turn off live tile. Again this will be more useful when the smaller tiles come out.
  • I've always wanted folders. When I Chevron unlocked my phone and used the folders app, I got bored with it after a while. I think it would be mice to have as an option. Now, I use that app that essentially creates tile breaks in your list of tiles. Almost like a header for like tiles. So I have one for photography apps, travel apps, social apps, most used apps and tiles, etc.. What would be cool is if that option was built in. Almost like the alphabetized jump list to the right, but at the home screen. And you can sort these headers into any style you want. Whether be by alphabet or app/tile type.
  • What if you made the app page like the people hub? Still alpha but with the option to create custom groups at the top. I know that would solve my issues.
  • folders for sure, but i think a notification center is a number 1 must.
  • I'd love to find out more of what people want in/on wp8. But I'm not scrolling through over 450 comments to find out. Need scroll to bottom link desperately.
  • what about WIZTILES , doesnt it solve grouping of tiles , yeah not exactly folders :D :D
  • Howabout custom hubs? Make a hub and it would be like a second start screen inside of it where you can put your apps
    No but seriously, support root access, make it more open I.e. Read a book from android. Not that Microsoft would ever do that.
  • Launcher changeable, you should be able to choose the default application for certain actions like browser, email, ECT..
  • While I agree, I think the only default id change is YouTube.
  • Didn't it already leak that you could set what apps you use to open specific file types like images, pdf, video, etc. in WP8???
    I thought I read that as part of the SDK leaking a few days ago...
  • Erm, I suggest your next device should be powered by the fruit or the robot, perhaps, thelastfoitet
  • Root acess is a little too techy-nerdy honestly. Though that said, it seems like Microsoft has been busy putting a lot of Android-esque control into the system and that would make it more open but let's see what happens.
  • If you truly understood metro, you'd know why this will never happen.
  • Exactly. We have to undo our wriing, and the need to file :)
  • If they did that it would ruin the security and stablility of wp7 just look at android to see whats happened a lot of devices are unstable, cant run certain apps complicated stuff and look at iphone: stable, simple (too simple, not functional enough and boring interface) wp7 is the most secure easily available OS out there and microsoft likes it that way and so do i
  • I have a tiny thing that more related to the store than Windows Phone 8 specifically, but there needs to be a seperate medical section so my app isn't included with a bunch of things I consider fluff.
  • I was thinking something more like professional resources section.
  • I agree 100% I get lost looking for apps that may be useful while at the hospital.
  • While I understand this post and survey, we haven't seen Windows Phone 8. Thus, we cannot reasonably conclude what is missing as we do not have all of the information. That's like having an Algebra problem that says: 8-x = and being asked to solve for y. There's not enough information there to solve the problem.
  • The point is to say things that we "want" to see that we haven't seen yet, regardless if they're really there or not, I think.
  • +1 Plus Microsoft is the one who is curious, not just us. 
  • Obviously you commented before reading the entire article. Either that, or just didn't understand it correctly.
  • No. I was one of the first to comment. It looks like Daniel updated the text of the article to reflect my comment. Not that he did it based on my comment specifically, but it certainly didn't read this way at first.
  • Actually, this was the one case where I did not have to update the article ;-)
  • then ignore the article/blog
  • I don't use this feature at all, as i have nothing to hide (lol), but they should use the same security feature that windows 8 will have. Instead of entering a 4 digit pin, perhaps drawing a series of lines across your wallpaper will be more secure.
  • Good point. If that Wallet is ever going to get a look at my credit card numbers, there better be tighter security than a four digit pin.
    In addition to that, an audio password would be good. When I'm driving off from home, I don't want to match pictures or something. If I can turn on the phone and say, "Something's rotten in the state of Denmark" and it unlocks my phone...yeah!
  • voice unlock would be nice
  • Hell yeah!! Voice Print Recognition would be even better!
  • The 4 digit pin doesn't even adhere the the Microsoft password security standard for desktops which is 8 characters. And we're not even talking about special characters or case sensitivity or numbers. It should be the same and consistent with Windows 8. Especially on a mobile device.
  • Ya but imagine typing in 8 characters everytime you want to unlock your phone, no thank you
  • Picture password
  • 1. Any word from any manufacturer as to CDMA or specifically Verizon
    3. New backgrounds for the Start screen
    Seriously, just tell us trophy users if pissing in the wind hoping for a WP8 device.  Before, the word was if it is LTE, verizon would go for it.  Whats the hold up with another manufacturer having the 2nd WP at Verizon??  Look how many of us got on board with the trophy!  I'm not saying there are enough to start our own country (but maybe we should, and we won't invite any of those iKoolaide drinkers over for lunch).
  • Your first 2 are not missing features. That's between the carriers and OEMs, not Microsoft. 
  • true.. sigh.. I digress
  • BUT !!! Verizon DID say they were going to support Windows Phone 8, the only one with the big question mark is Sprint, as there CEO pretty much downed it (I believe it was about MS's marketing for WP).
    I do agree, would love to have any idea on what my options are with Vzw when they come out...
  • It really was only Verizon up until recently. MS and Nokia both wanted to work with verizon, they were even offered an LTE phone but Verizon didn't do it. They are, however, getting behind wp8 and I can almost guarantee that we'll see at least a Nokia wp8 device on verizon, if not also one from Samsung and HTC.
  • They were offered the Lumia 900, they turned it down because of the issues it was having at the time (the L900 was full of bugs) as I understand it
  • Verizon is confirmed for WP8 and they were mentioned by name at the Windows Phone conference. 
    +1 on new backgrounds for the start screen.  The whole light and dark thing got old within a week of owning my Trophy.
  • I'm in agreement with Wyn6...
    plus we don't know if there are any apps that are in the planning stages to take care of those "missing" features.
  • I have not seen any outlook sync for wp8 yet. It was definitely a bad thing in wp7.
  • A cloud enable device will never get this feature...
  • 1. Notifications center
    2. Photo password similar to windows 8
    3. Folders
    4. Universal search
    5.Ability to creative playlists on the go
  • +1000
  • +10000000000
  • And sync those playlists with Windows 8 and the xBox
  • You can already create playlist on the go. You simply add your music to now playing the save the playlist.
  • I must be stoopid. I can see that on songs, but can never actually find the "now playing" playlist!
  • 1. Notifications center
    2. Photo password similar to windows 8
    3. Folders
    4. Universal search
    5.Ability to creative playlists on the go
    6. Ability to search for songs inssde a playlist or your music collection.
    7. Ability to close apps quickly with a simple flick upwards or some other smart gesture.
    Best list so far.
  • +1 for the first two.
  • Add the ability to sync favorites through IE via the cloud.
    Delete multiple pictures/videos/songs at once on the phone
    notification center for sure
  • Notification center
  • I would like to have preselected text option with an "Ignore with Text" features as I used to have on prior phones.  Due to being on the phone for many hours of the day, it would be a nice feature to have to immediately alert the person calling that I will call them back as soon as I am off the phone. 
  • Excellent idea! That happened to me today and would have been great to be able to do that!
  • They have this on old Windows Mobile 6.5 and I like the function also.
  • Yes. Palm or WebOS had this feature. Excellent idea.
  • 1. a real notification center
    2. close apps with a simple flick upwards
    3. a function like Google now or a mutch better tellme function.
  • +1 I think swiping up in a similar fashion to webos would be a great addition, instead of jut pressing the back button a thousand times....
  • +1 notifications/ closing aps with a flick
  • Pressing the back button a thousand times is more of a pain when an app decides it has to resume and all you want to do is close it.
  • Agreed. I hope fast app switching is compulsory to make this less of an issue.
  • I agree. I think that the way that the app switching works right now is a half baked solution. Flicking up to close would be a huge improvement, and so would having the app continue to work in the background instead of "tombstoning".
    But the other thing I find annoying is that the way you navigate through a hub or app (say Internet Explorer for example) can get broken up depending on how you use the app switching feature.
    Say I go from the internet to the music/video hub by holding the back button to get to the app switcher, and then switch back to the internet from there. If I hit the back button, it goes back to the music/video hub instead of back to the webpage I was previously (like a back button would do in any web browser). That means that in order to get to a webpage I was on previously, I now have to type it back into the web broswer (unless I'm missing something)
    The point is, if you hit the back button you should go back through your history in that app, before it takes you to a separate app.
    I used to use webOS, and as someone coming from that os, I was really happy to see the fast app switching come to mango, but it needs to be improved.
    Improving the fast app switching feature in general would be my number one prioirty for WP8.
  • Agreed.
  • I like the idea of flicking up to close. And this might have been confirmed somewhere, but I hope they increase the background apps limit to 7 or so.
  • 1. Image-based backup. At the very least, backup start screen settings so I can restore my phone (across manufacturers) like it was before. 2. Better notifications than simple live tiles/toasts. Lock screen is a good start but it is still kinda limited. 3. Make capacitive buttons harder to accidentally get pressed.
  • I should have said "easy restore" above. Backup of apps and settings is nice, but it should not take me 5 steps to restore my phone to previous state. Make it easy to restore what can be restored (naturally, between OEMs there may be some stuff that cannot be restored).
  • totally agree on these 3. Backup is a must.
  • Yes on the capacitive buttons bit only during games for me.
  • Yes! I would love to have a total backup solution so if I brick or lose my phone I cab get all my text messages, apps and settings just my logging into my windows account on a new phone.
  • How about a "Select All" option in mail? I hate having to check each individual one.
  • +1 on this. And while they're at it, they should also include a "Delete all" for text messages.
  • Yes to a delete all text messages option!
  • Contracts (vis a vis Windows 8). Not sure how they left that out.
    Native XAML. Windows 8 does it...
  • Search Contract:
    I thought I read that the Share contract would be supported. I would like to see more contracts added, but at minimum, have the Search contract. I think that would provide universal search without leaving the search button's behavior left completely up to the developer.
  • Anyone else think is ironic how in this article, Daniel choose the 3 lumias which will not get WP8 despite that in theory they could...I cannot say what is missing from WP8, but I can tell you from where are they missing from. Current, fine, capable devices. (Still paying for my L800 month by month)
  • Recycled image from the Nokia survey ;-) I couldn't show WP8 devices because, well...
  • I would like to see voice chat with Xbox live friends.
  • +1 hadn't thought of that but great idea
  • +1
  • Shouldn't there be a what's going on 7.8?
    If I had known buying WP7 was just beta testing for 8 I'd have kept my iPhone
  • Still laughing about the Smartphone Beta Test ads ;-)
  • Yeah. Kinda hypocritical, don't you think?
  • Seriously this and Ben The PC Guy make the whole update situation 1000 times worse for me.
    Glad my HTC One X will get Jelly Bean ;-)
  • Its not beta testing for 8! I really hope you get your iPhone back
  • WP7 is beta for WP8. Hitler says so
  • Browser IE10: Text reflow.
    Keyboard: Swype.
  • Pretty sure Text Reflow is an HTC patent, no?
  • Given that its on the Galaxy S and Nexus line I'm going to say its possible on IE10 even if patented. If Sammy can figure it out, MS has the brain power.
  • Pretty sure Swype is a Google patent, no?
  • The first device to run swype was a Windows Mobile device
  • Why did MS let Android take (use) it? Shame
  • No. Its an app like anything else. Just need the keyboard API's from MS.
  • •Mass storage
    •Lock screen widgets
    •downloading files from web
    I think these are some things that will attract and appeal to more people
  • Didn't one of the leaks confirm mass storage? Or was that just for SD cards?
  • It was a possibility but not yet confirmed
  • +1
  • 1. Amplifier for music!
    2. Yes, Folders!!!
    3. Fix the damn Marketplace! Its sad that I have to find the new/latest apps on here instead of the market.... So, thank you WP, without you guys, I wouldn't be able to find/dl the best apps for my WP
  • I agree, though I understand the simplistic look of the marketplace. I would like to see more on there, not just featured apps or the new apps...lets face it, half those apps aren't even worth scrolling through. If there are "big names" in the marketplace, those are the guys (or girls) that are going to bring people to Windows Phone, and they should be treated as such. I understand fair play, and equal opportunity...but if they are buried in deep with the rest of the are we supposed to know?
  • I know there are good apps in the market place, but finding them is impossible without WP Central (and btw thanks). It would be cool if you could tailor the market place to a genera (professional/business, family, kid friendly, technical, gamer, etc).
  • I like the look of the Marketplace. But I agree finding stuff is a pain. Also, the recommended and related apps categories need to be fixed. Also hope Xbox Music is more like iTunes on an iPod/iPhone that its a bit more organized and if its still done, that there is a section for free songs, lol
  • The marketplace does need a few improvements. If not for WPCentral and the AppFlow app, looking for good stuff in the marketplace would be a bit difficult.
  • 1. Notification center- which includes the Windows symbol lighting up for missed calls and texts. The notification center could be placed to the left of the home screen.
    2. More background colors- in addition to making the individual tiles any color I want.
    3. Ability to close background tasks when you have the screens showing after holding down the back button.
  • Lol! Same thing I meant. I have the galaxy nexus and love the notification center and notification light.
  • Lol! Same thing I meant. I have the galaxy nexus and love the notification center and notification light.
  • This was WebOs feature to begin with.
  • 1. Better voice recognition (siri-like)
    2. Search text messages (probably won't make it to top 5, but I really want this; you can open a thread and search for say "Tony's Pizza" and say a month ago it was mentioned along with info)
    3. Notification Center
  • right, Apple has siri, Android has Google Now but what does Windows phone 8 has?
  • Windows phone 8 has TellMe (and constantly improving on the technology).  No, it is not as 'personable' as Siri.  Yes, it was around before Siri.  No, I hardly use the feature.  Yes, I am waiting for the feature to improve to be almust human-like.  (...hey, you never know.  LOL.)
  • We have tellme. One of the leaks said wp8 will have tellme with extended features, if I remember correctly. And personally I like the tellme style more than siri.
  • As an Android and iOS user I miss the ability to grand apps access to accounts you have stored in the OS. Works with Twitter and iCloud on iOS and with literally everything on Android. Extremely handy feature. I hope you get what I mean ;-)
  • +1
  • Definitely notification center by far, but also new themes, not just different colored backgrounds (although I'd probably be happy with just that), maybe something similar to windows 8 metro themes or transparent tiles like on the app phone 8 or whatever. And probably most important to me is to be able to play music with tellme. Say artist, playlist, song, etc., to play without opening and looking through Zune.
  • Additional features I remembered that I'd love:
    Universal search (texts, apps, notes, music, contacts, etc.)
    Different volume controls for different sounds.
    A forward button in IE.
    Messages hub integrating more im services such as gchat.
    WiFi calling like Android has.
  • Perhaps they should do something about missing album artwork on lockscreen if the song is not present on market place. I should see my custom artwork on lock screen if phone cannot find the song on marketplace. Also, there is no landscape mode in Music and videos app. 
  • +1
  • +1
  • +1
  • Agreed!
  • one feature i would like that i had with nokia a decade ago is an alarm feature that will alert even when the phone is off. once you stop the alarm it will ask to keep the phone off or turn it on.
  • Excellent idea. I'd forgotten this from the Symbian days. Its even more relevant if you own a Lumia 800 as it won't go three days on a charge like my N8 used to. :)
  • If there has been one major issue with Windows Phone is that in many small ways I have had the impression I was going back in time many years. All my previous Nokias would wake on alarm and my E71 could do WiFi printing, tethering, open ZIP files and download podcasts over the air (via 3G). I hope WP8 covers all the gaps left by my switch from Symbian
  • BlackBerry days...
  • 1) Ability to search calendar. 
    2) Option to sync back up to one year's events in calendar
    3) Universal search
    4) Notifications center
  • Universal search +100000000000000000000000000000
  • Its called contextual search, when the search button behaves in an intuitive manor to search relative to what's displayed on the screen.
  • Universal search and contextual search are NOT the same thing. Both are great, though, and either one would be a better use of the search button.
  • I would love more options for customizing the colors. Way more than what has been shown will be in WP8. It would be really nice if users could use a color wheel to pick both the tile color and background color.
  • +1
  • Ability to deleted more then one picture at a time in picture hub, right now u have to deleted one at a time, when looking for someing in search mode, hp had a great search function, u just type a name( like contact person) and it would search in google, msn and contact folders...this was awesome...
  • Is the Option in Calendar to Display the weather Temp, like how it is on the PC..?
  • I would say a notification center.  I understand how Live Tiles work and what metaphor they stand for, but I would still like to have a view that shows me a big picture view of all incoming notifications on my phone.  It sucks to miss a toast on 7.5 now and not see what app it went to. 
  • I'll add one more thing that comes to mind... 
    I want the option to password protect indiviual apps. I don't care if I put a passcode on my phone, sometimes I let my brothers or friends play games and I'd rather not get a notification two minutes later from my FB status I posted where I announce how much I like meat. 
  • Password protection for texts, pics, apps, etc. would have been next on my list after my top 3.
  • +2
  • Yes. agree 100%.
  • +1
  • I can't remember all the leaked features I read about, but I don't remember reading about these: 1. Turn-by-turn voice nav like in Bing for WM 6.5. No more tapping the screen to get the next set of directions.
    2. VPN support
    3. RDP client
    4. Media control in voice command ala Hey DJ
    5. Fingerprint reader to unlock the phone and use as password safe for web sites and apps.
  • I believe your first 2 features have been addressed prior to the leaks. The former with Nokia taking over Bing maps which I believe included the turn-by-turn of drive. And I think MS announced vpn some time back for WP8.
  • messaging between windows phones built into the messages app.  basically, iMessage but for Windows Phones.
  • Really? No one has a Windows Phone, how do you want to use it? A partnership with Whatsapp would be awesome though.
  • Messenger already works for that, also works between phone and PC, web, Xbox, etc.
  • But that basicly requires you to be online and normal messaging like whatsapp doesn't need that.
  • No it doesn't.  Messenger has worked offline for ages.
  • I think he is talking about push. You need to be online to receive messenges.
  • Tell Microsoft windows phone 7.8 needs screenshots, IE10, new dictation, over-the-air updates, new languages, and office 2013, Skype VoIP (if possible), and datasmart.
  • Actually it needs all features that don't depend on improved hardware/new kernel.
  • If Microsoft doesn't do it, just hope and pray for XDA
  • Oh, I hope Microsoft ports over all hardware-independent features. It's only fair to us loyal from the beginning.
  • Would like to see more background capabilities. Its a bummer when one of my many start screen apps stops working due to "to-many" apps thing. Also would like the option to have WiFi active, always.
  • Do you think they'll fix that stupid behaviour of re-launching apps when they are already open?...its what annoys me the most in 7.5, and don't tell me about fast switching, some times I'm in the home screen and the tile is just there, so I feel like just tapping, instead of press the back button for half and hour and browsing through the "open" apps.
  • They should save the state of all the exited applications and just resume by default when apps are relaunched.
  • 1. Notification center. Damn, how much I hate when my phone rings because of a notification, and I don't manage to pick it in time to see what it was...
    2. Integrated flip-to-silence feature. Not everyone has HTC/Nokia phones.
    3. Close apps directly from the task-switching UI
  • Deeper Facebook and Twitter intergration
    For example (integrated): Twitter photos in the People feed open the browser but they don't for Facebook You can't view, get notified or responding to Twitter and Facebook direct messages Can't view or respond to Facebook events Twitter can't search hashtags Can't follow or unfollow people on Twitter Can't add or unfriend people on Facebook Can't delete comments or posts Liking photos Liking comments Better conversion view for Twitter in the notification menu. Half the time I can't tell what someone is replying too unless I use a 3rd party app   OH AND INSTAGRAM!
  • +1
  • +1 - The OS should be better, so we use the apps less. Build on current strengths
  • Oh yes I agree +1
  • Can't forget about sharing of posts. I hate having to go to the computer and scroll through tons of posts just to share something.
  •  - Bing maps suck a lot! Maybe, it's because they don't support Brazil, but it's impossible to use them.. They never find a street, a avenue, a place, etc.. just cities..
    -  Gmail support: I don't know why, but when I reply an email, it creates another thread..
    - Native backup for sms, mms, calls, etc.. In case, I want to reset my phone..
    - Calendar.. don't you guys hate the fact that, it is not possible to see a day and a month at the same time?
  • I wish I could backup and restore the whole phone via skydrive
  • The maps and message backups have been addressed I believe.
  • Screen capture
  • VPN (I have a corporate life) Ability to dismiss/close an app from the small tile preview (press-hold the back button) either by swiping it away like WebOS/Playbook or by providing a small X on it somewhere like when we remove a tile from the main screen. I really can't stand the fact that I need to back-back-back-back-back to close an app Tile Groups Link the Calendar location field to map apps. If I go out of my way to put a street address in the location field of an appointment, it would be nice if my phone allowed be to find it on a map without editing the appointment and copy/pasting the address into the map/navigation app
  • 1. I agree witrh VPN supprort...really supprised Microsoft didn't include this from the begining 2. TBH this is no biggie I never use the Windows button to get back to the main menu & so never press back more than about 3 times; but since Microsoft market this phone as a device for doing stuff in less steps I kinda see your point.
    3. If by tile Groups you mean "folders" I'm not that botherd I only have stuff I want to see on my "start" menu and with WP 7.8/8 you can make stuff smaller it is un nessassary to make folders as you can have a group of little icons which lets you open the apps in less steps than consoladating in a folder that would take up the same amount of space as a consolated tile.
    4. Good idea never thought of it =P
  • This may seem like a silly question but what's the point of closing those apps? They're saved in the background and aren't really impacting the resources so what's the point? I could see the point if you want an app to remain in the "5 most recent" view so that you can kind of multitask but that rarely happens.
    Instead, I'd rather have the ability to have more apps run in the background than just 5 - it's a little limiting at times.
  • One reason to want to close apps is that they end in some bad state, eg Spotify can't connect to network after wifi-fault, even if the phone has gotten new WiFi, in the end you need to reboot the phone.
  • Also i the mutlitasking swipe to close would be nice similar to WebOS and most new Androids.
  • I would like to be able to set a delay on the response of the capacitive buttons so I don't accidently hit search while in an app or game.
  • 1) notification center..for all different notifications..with reoeating alarms
    2) seperate volum control levels for the different notifications
    3). Repeat 1&2
  • Oh, and they should change the "multitasking"  (I giggled) launch button from the back button to the windows one, is way more natural. After several months it does not feel right.
  • I like that idea, and they should change the voice command to long-pressing the search button...that to me, would make more sense.
  • I like these ideas, they sound much better.
  • If you did would you launch search?
    Personally of all the "long press" launches...I use search the most, followed by the camera (Lumia shutter button), followed by multi task (back), followed by TellMe (Win Button)
    All of those make sense where they are...changing them would break the common sense link between the funciton those buttons represent and what your asking them to launch....With the exception of the windows button which could be ubiquitous for any function assigned.
  • 1. Audio Book support and the ability to adjust playback speed for getting through lengthy books faster
    2. The ability to backup all your apps/settings to your PC so you can easily restore when purchasing a new device.
    3. Voice prompts while navigating without constantly having to touch the screen. 
  • - Notification Hub
    - Landscape Orientation (Home Screen in particular)
    - Microsoft TellMe expanded to operate apps or commands throughout the core OS functions
    - screen capture
    - better way of resuming apps from you left off rather than loading it back up from the start
  • Not exactly a WP8 feature but a related hardware feature that Nokia should integrate into the Lumia 1000. Inductive charging ala the Palm Pre. This is THE only thing other than flick up to close that I still miss from my Palm Pre webOS days. I could dash mount a touchstone and just set my phone on my dash and drive. Charge and talk and then just drop it on the touchstone at home when needed. It's a killer feature that MS and Nokia should nab from HPalm as they are no longer in the hardware/mobileOS biz. That way Nokia Drive with drop and go dash charging becomes a ridiculously fantastic experience.
  • I think the WebOS cards features need to be implemented into the OS such as swipe up to close and/or maybe grouping
  • Folders
    Customization appearance options (custom colors / gradients / wallpapers)
    Keyboard customizations (such as 5th row including numbers)
    Landscape home screen support
    Discrete volume controls
    File explorer access
    MMS setting manual capabilities
  • Full backup capabilities at will with restore to a new device (including SMS)
  • yep +1000 :-)
  • Ability to view/edit multiple calendars. If I have calendars shared with me in Office365, I should be able to select and see them on my phone.
  • Separate volume options for ringer, speaker, headphones, etc
  • +1000 so much easier to set volumes for different functions.
  • +2 million
  • me too.
  • Also could use a family ZunePass
  • I know this isn't really a feature of the phone, but I would love to see this as well .
  • Better podcast support. I would like to be able to download new podcast while on the go. The current podcast support is pretty poor and 20MB isn't event enough to download any of my podcasts. Support for "Helper" apps like LastPass Parental Controls that are aleast on par with the competing platforms. if they could tie Live Family safety into the phone that would be great. VPN support Since I am an IT admin, I wish it had true GroupPolicy support for granular control to take over the failing Blackberry market that is ripe for the picking
  • Yup another good idea. I always have problems trying to download podcasts over my phone. Number 5 for me if I was doing a top 5.
  • Remote control of a Windows 8 device
    Favourites sync across WP, Windows 8, Xbox 360
    Movie rentals/purchases from phone, licence transferred automatically to Xbox in HD
    Builtin PDF reader, since Adobe doesnt give a toss.
    Return of Full screen in IE
    Bing rewards for using search
    Better playlist management
    Recycle bin
  • Way more accent colors for the tiles and I mean all colors that is known to mankind and for each tiles to individually have its own color.
  • 1) Keyboard customizations (such as 5th row including numbers)
    2) Folders
    3) Integrated flip-to-silence feature
  • I want top quality hardware, not talking just processors as the OS has proved to run successfully on low power but im talking about style, camera, screen, high quality front facing camera, (I use Skype a lot for family while at work) high quality materials, hardware that looks and feels better than the competition. Im already sold on the software, I love my 7.5 omnia 7 (apart from disappearing keyboard...dont think orange UK are sending me tango :( the fact that wp8 is gonna be a massive improvement on 7.5, I want the hardware partners to deliver......big time, better still, make us that Surface concept phone. Top quality hardware is the only thing stopping the masses coming to windows phone, time to deliver :)
  • I haven't read anyone elses comments so my concerns may be a repeat.  I want a SLEEP mode option for wp8 so my phone does not stay on all night playing music.  There needs to be a way to also go FORWARD, because there are times when I accidently press the back button when I am on the internet and I have to type the site again or go to recent to go back to where I was viewing.  Lastly (for now), it would be nice to have a native RECORDER.   The app recorders just don't cut the cheese, my friends.
  • Agree completely with the sleep mode. Would be nice to set a time for when the music should stop.
  • 1. classic start screen option (with gutter)
  • * instagram ! My bf won't switch because we don't have that app and he hates his iPhone
    * being able to switch the background not just black and white
    * notification bar or something similar
    * Skype integration
  • 1. Notification Center
    2. Swype
    3. Closing the app with simple flick upwards like WebOS (pressing back button is driving me crazy)
    4. Music Equalizer
    5. Photo password like Windows 8
    6. RDP client/VPN
    7. Search Calendar
    8. Inbuilt Stopwatch or timer app
    9. Skydrive phone backup
    10. Better Voice Recognition (This is more for gimmick coz seems like gimmicks help sell phones)
    11. Forward button for IE.
  • +100 music EQ!!! just port the one from Windows Media Player.
    And a Zune screen saver for when music is playing. The one in Zune is awesome.
  • I want the Zune screensaver too!
  • All the phones need to be able to adjust BRIGHTNESS without having to go to settings and adjust.  While they are at it the brightness level should NOT just be high, medium, or low because there are times when the brightness level is still too high (on low settings) in a dark atmosphere.  I would love the choice to adjust the brightness manually (on top of the 3 brightness settings, if you must keep those options).
  • Totally agree with this one. It's a pain to read webs while all lights are closed (when im at bed), its just veeery bright.
  • I agree with this. A slider will be a better idea.
  • Notification center is a must. It sucks missing a toast message and its gone forever. Just let us swipe left to a notification center like we swipe right to the apps list.
  • 1. Notification centre on swipe left from start screen - despite having live tiles and lock screen notifications most people I have talked to won't buy a phone without a notification centre. I am happy with the current solution but I do want to see the platform grow
    2. One of:
    a) start screen backgrounds aka windows 8 (with some kind of effect to maximise contrast and really make the tiles look like they are on a 3d plane above the background
    b) More customisation for live tiles - individual colours for each tile, some colours could include a basic design so that the tiles are not all a flat colour
    3. Multitasking for at least 10 apps - not sure if this is in the leaked SDK, I didn't really check - also the ability to close multitasked apps from the multitasking screen in case the user wants to preserve an app that was opened a long time ago
    4. Release ASAP
    EDIT: And syncing of IE10 tabs between WP8, W8 and xbox
    P.S. MSFT please can we have more of the bing USA features in Australia
  • I love your ideas, especially point 1, 2a, 3 and Tab Sync for IE10 as well. It is so obvious that the user wants to swipe to the left side from the homescreen to see messages.
    But i don't like 2b, because I love the minimalist and uniform design of WP. That's the reason why I'm not shift to Android after Apple iPhone.  
  • 1) Password protection for marketplace purchases. This is basic common sense. 2) Ability to link multiple phones together WITHOUT having to use the same Live ID. Up to 8 devices should be able to be linked. 3) Desktop software for managing/syncing/backup across all of the linked devices in the family (see above). Something much more robust than what we have in the Zune desktop software.
  • At least have a on or off in the setting for password protection in marketplace
  • My top missing things: * Bing that f*king works outside of US!!! Im so tired of Bing giving lousy search results in Sweden
    * Music service that works in Sweden. I really miss the nice cover art that US WP7 phones get when they play music
    * Download podcasts direct to the phone without Zune software. Again something that works in US and not in Sweden ... do you se the dotted line here? Im so fracking tired of how all nice things that works in US just sucks in Sweden (like local Scout). Apart from that * Sync media to the phone through skydrive or stream from skydrive
    * Sync meda from phone to skydrive - the full media not any downsampled versions!
    * Backup of phone to skydrive - for when you switch phone
    * Some sort of password handler that sync with Windows 8 - Like lastpass but working with IE10 on the phone
    * Built in electromagnetic wave generator that kills iPones and Androids within 10 meter radius :-)
  • +1
    replace "Sweden" with "Austria" and i could not agree more.. i wish local scout would work here, too.
  • 1. Win 8 picture password
    2. Tellme enhancements
    a. Ability to play an album/song/playlist/artist(music)
    b. Creating alarms/calendar stuff
    c. AI conversations like Siri
    3.creating/editing playlists should be much easier
    4.shud automatically download all ur apps/settings when you sign in(or maybe have a software[Zune] which can store ur apps when u sync) after purchasing a new WP or resetting ur phone.
  • +1 to all three points.
  • Oh yeaaa, that is soo annoying. WP8 better have the ability to lock app cards.
  • -First it should be possible to leave a little horizontal gap between groups of tiles and then name that group
    - secondly it would be possible to zoom out (either by double tapping or by pinching and zooming) from the home screen and see all the tile groups from far and then zoom in on a particular group by tapping on it. This would replace the need for folders
    - swiping to the left to a notification screen would be great as well
  • +1 to all
  • Quick access to a Brightness slider would be great too.
  • 1: Universal search (like windows 8)
    2: Folder/file manager with webdav support (for my docs, pictures, videos ect
    3: Grouping apps
    4: Backgrounds similar to windows 8
    5: App Voice recognition which you don't need to specify specific phrases or words (The app interprets what was said)
  • 1.I would really like differnet notification sounds for each of my different email accounts. This way I can have it play a sound when I get a work email, but not a personal email, or know which is which if I have sounds enabled for both.  
    2.Better playlist management (though I think a lot of that type of stuff will be covered with the new Xbox Music).
    3.Better support for tasks/to-do items in the calendar. I especially would like to be able to see the categories I've applied to each task. Basically, I'd like to be able to manage tasks the same way I do using Outlook. 
  • +1000 for tasks/to-do, their should be a web app which syncs with the phone. To-do on the phone should be made much better.
  • 1. Multitasking needs to be more predictable. Too frequently an app closes when I think it should be paused and ready for me to return to when I hold BACK.
    2. Pass search terms to recommended app. If I search for a movie and Bing recommends the IMDB app, I'd like the IMDB app to go straight to the search results page for my query when I launch it.
    Those are my two biggies.
  • I like your #2 request here.  Makes perfect sense!
    I'd also like to add:
    -when declining an incoming call, have the option to reply with a pre-set text message or set a callback reminder for a specific time or location.
    -set a do-not-disturb mode so that your phone doesn't bother you, except for specific contacts, such as your spouse or boss.  It would be able to be scheduled between certain times or at certain locations (work, church, baseball games, etc)
    -share selected photos through Skydrive via the phone - just tap a few pictures, select share, choose a person, and full-resolution copies of those pictures are shared to Skydrive with those specific contacts.
    -integrate Like to the Zune marketplace so you can Like songs, albums, playlists, and artists and have that show on FB.
    -voice command like the TellMe YouTube video, with natural language queries, including movie times, ordering movie tickets, restaurant recommendations, and sport scores, stats, and upcoming games.
  • 1. Notification center with icons that switch WLAN, cellular, bluetooth and NFC on/off
    2. Ability to close apps from task-switching UI (arrow long press)
    3. More advanced power saving options
    4. Possibility to make folders (long pressing screen on app list to open "new folder" option, for example)
  • Option to delete multiple texts.  It aches having to delete one text at a time. Ability to copy/paste anything:  from the internet to certain app that allow contents to be copied. The pointer (when you're trying to correct something that is misspelled) needs to be improved.  There are multiple times when I cannot land the pointer in a spot where I need it.
  • Ah yes the pointer, it sure can get tricky at times.
  • +10
  • Setting aside what's leaked from the beta SDK and other known tidbits.
    1. Better international support. Things like Zune Pass, Local Scout, Tellme or even Podcasts are rendered worthless if you're in a non-supported country. It's the same on the Xbox 360, with the lack of multimedia apps and/or even Indie games. Nokia does a good job at making things work internationally, why can't Microsoft go the extra kilometer? And for the love of god, if you don't have voice recognition in my native language, at least let me use English.
    2. Clarity about XNA's future. Almost every single game in the Windows Phone 7 marketplace is built in XNA. And as we've seen from the leaked SDK, XNA is limited to 7.1 as purely backwards compatibility. XNA is great for Indie devs, but far to limiting for other uses, (mine included), but for people that already have a significant codebase in C#/VB could use some reassurance that there will be middleware (like Unity) or something else than native DirectX to take its place.
    3. (less serious) Why did you remove XInput, I would have loved to hook up my Xbox 360 controller to my phone!, like you can on Windows 8 Metro Apps ;)
    Other things like VPN support, better notifications, ability to configure wifi/dns more is important as well.
  • 1. Better Facebook and twitter integration, like basically being able to like comments.
    2. Notification centre, like maybe my phone making a noise when I get a notification, the me tile is pretty good already but maybe could change a setting to make the phone make a noise/vibrate
    3.maybe some more theme colours for tiles and background? there's prob loads more but i always forget,
  • 1) MSE mobile, family protection.
    2) Options for Messaging lock, people hub lock, picture hub lock, email lock, wallet lock, so you can pass your device to kids or friends.
    3) Native remote desktop, via bluetooth, wifi and internet.
    4) Whilw you're at it, please send notification if you want to shut our skydrive account if we happen to upload anything funny to your agreement, so that we can take our more preciuos data to other place, remember it relies heavily to your cloud, so you need better agreement.
  • + Music equalizer, i got myself a monster, most people don't, so you need this.
  • + local scout for any country on earth. No local scout on my country.
  • I agree with #2 for sure!
  • +1 on native remote desktop. Windows and Windows Mobile comes with it but not windows phone.
  • Startscreen background
    Sync/USB Mass Storace
    Apps switching improvements
    Background apps improvements
    RAM up to 1/2 Gb
    Windows 8 Integration (calls texts)
    Windows Phone 7.8 info
    Camera features (panorama Burst shot)
    1080p recording/playback
    TellMe improvements
    Processors upgradability
    WiFi performances
    Settings shortcuts
    Social Networks alarms
    Native Remote Desktop
    Messages and People API ( for whatsapp, viber )
    USB Host
    Default apps choice
    Alternative browsers
    Apps resuming from tiles
  • Music equalizer
    Picture password
    Swype to close apps
    Easy ringtones customization
    Bluetooth file transfer IE10 Metro:
    Tabs syncing
    Metro style 'Speed dial'
    Tabs Gestures
    Good looking Tiles for Pinned Sites Skype:
    New Metro style logo
    Windows Phone Integration
    Improved calls quality
    Improved IM service
    Integrated in 'Messages
  • Deeper Facebook Integration (share, like, friends requests, groups, lists)
    Deeper Twitter Integration (lists, in app links view)
  • Start screen groups
  • Notification Center by swiping to the right. Left of the Home screen Adding own ringtones (easily). Ringtone section in marketplace more background colors or ability to add own background Customize transparency of tiles Better Twitter and Facebook integration in People app (Twitter: able to accept follower request if you have a private account) (Facebook: Like comments) VERY DEEP WINDOWS 8 INTEGRATION Faster Bing Search App. The app takes too long to open when i hit the search button.
  • Ability to play songs in the music player. Is no gaps between songs
  • 1- Notifier
    2- Folders
    3- Background colors
    4- In app buy
  • Option to manually switch from portrait or landscape mode.   There are many times when I am reading an article while I am in bed and the phone is always switching between portrait/landscape.
  • Yeah, that would be really nice.
  • Bing allows you to collect rewards for searching. If you are a WP user, you are not logged in, and can't gain rewards.
    My WP searches should log me in to Bing to gain rewards.
  • Absolutely right. I forgot about that one. I use Bing so much. I want my damn rewards.
  • Totally agree.  I'm logged into my Hotmail account/LiveID on the phone to the point where I can't even unsync the phone from it without wiping the device, and yet I'm not automatically logged in when using Bing?
    Come on!
  • 1. Tools to migrate/backup/restore from WP 7.x to 8.0
    2. Notification Hub
    3. Dedicated back key in IE (the leaks so far show that you can choose between stop/refresh, tabs, and favourites to display on the address bar.  Back button should be a choice here)
    4. Setting to enable/disable gutter and app arrow on the start screen (yes I need this)
  • 1. Instant closing of background tasks.
    2. Horizontal start screen.
    (this isn't software, but) 3. More hardware-keyboard phones.
    4. Notification center. Swipe to the left from start screen is the most logical.
    5. Superior gaming. Yes, we're supposed to be getting this, but we need some gaming phones, and more big-title games, along with more games in general. Not as much for me as for the platform.
    6. Surprise us, Microsoft. I want to see features we never knew we needed but that are exclusive to Windows Phone and make it even more exclusive and enticing.
  • 4) Would love to be able to use voice-to-text in EVERY text field. 5) Ability to add custom words to the autocorrect dictionary. For example, when filling in login usernames or email addresses on websites. 6) Option to drop case or add case when highlighting a word in a text field. Sometimes I just want to go back and capitalize the first character quickly.
  • 1. Folders, in a unique metro fashion
    2. Allow easily close running apps by flick
    3. Easy restore of entire phone+settings to any new wp8 phone
    4. Allow more than 5 seats for app multi tasking
    5. Universal search, including text
  • -I know this wont be a common request...but it needs to be mentioned...pahlease! DEFINITELY NEED MUSIC RECORDING AND PRODUCING APP AND HARDWARE EXTENSIONS. condensor mic and a 8 track mixer app...something! even a cheesy recorder app to record my live gigs!
    -Stream music from Skydrive
    -Full backup
    -HDMI and USB output (plug into my tv for netflix or my stereo headunit etc)
    -sometimes its in the details...lockscreen interaction options. you know, like a water effect over the lockscreen that you whisp away to get to the start screen. etc
  • +1 for music streaming of SkyDrive
  • I use a third party App right now to steam music from SkyDrive and although it's buggy I definitely love it.
    However, I don't think you'll see that happening because from everything that's been leaked and talked about so far, they're introducing a streaming service for the new Xbox Music that will allow you to upload your own songs and stream from the Xbox Music application. It's not SkyDrive, but it accomplishes the same thing.
  • 1) When pinning a playlist to the start screen, have it cycle through photos for the artists in the playlist. It sucks right now that the Music+Video tile and individual artist/album tiles show a photo, but pinning a playlist is just an ugly blob of gray.
    2) Have the Messaging hub remember what your chat availability was after a restart. Kind of annoying when people start sending me Facebook chats when I'm at work because I restarted my phone.
    3) As othes suggested, make a way to close an app, a la webOS. I'm not sure what limitations there are on that now that webOS is going open source, but the multitasking on webOS was amazing.
  • A native "business card" that a phone owner can "hand out" to others.  I personally don't like to always call people I meet and have to wait to confirm my phone number, and then I have to confirm if they spell my name correctly.
  • Profiles Profiles Folders
  • 1: VPN Support. I have not heard one way or the other whether they are adding Native VPN support or even whether Third Party app developers will be able to make something for it.
    2: Still no good notification center. I don't see why they can't do something nearly identical to what Harmattan does on the N9. We already swype to the right to show all of our installed Apps. No reason we can't just swype to the left to see notifications. I don't see this one coming, but I think it needs to be there.
    3: This isn't so much the hardware or even software as its the entire OEM relationship. I'm hoping that with the move to the NT kernel we will see Windows Phone 8 better able to keep parity with the latest hardware developments. Resolutions, SoCs, RAM (some tablets and phones are moving tot 2GB and even using DDR3L instead of DDR2L) and anything else. Android phones are usually the first to get these things but they're usually also bleeding edge and not ready for prime time. Once they mature I want to see them added to Windows Phone devices. None of this using 2-year old hardware like with the current first and second-gen handsets. That was quite honestly unacceptable.
  • Location, time aware profiles which can control data, sound, battery saver etc
    Week view in calendar, and cleaner agenda view
    Notification hub
    Universal search on search button
    Hardware button for silent mode
  • 1 - Notification Center: As I said sometime before: you do not need to be necessarily a place dedicated to it. I thought in two ways: a. Expand the Notifications tab within the Me Tile, allowing notifications to any app appear there. b. In the All Apps list, could create other forms of organization in addition to alphabetical. Could create a "Recents Apps", showing the recently used apps (as is done with People within the Online tab on the Messaging Tile. And, in the same way as the Email conversations are organized in threads, notifications of these apps would appear in an expandable list.   2 - Foursquare integration to do check-ins within the Me Tile.   3 - More time tracks options to synchronize the e-mail accounts.    
  • 1) Deeper social integration - Add more features from current networks (Liking comments and photos), and add native support for social networks like Instagram and Pinterest
    2) Change search - Tap hardware search button once to search within the app, hold to open Bing. Add global phone search.
    3) App folders - You did it with contacts (groups.) Now do it for apps.
    4) Picture password and facial recognition unlock
  • 1. I know we can make playlists on the go, but the current setup is a pain and takes forever. A drag-and-drop format would be amazing.
    2. Xbox party chat/ability to listen to voice messages
    3. More storage. I hate messing with SD cards, but I would jump to buy a 32gb Windows Phone. I can make it work with cloud services, but streaming music and pulling documents depends on signal strength, which happens to be terrible at my workplace.
    4. I forget. Have an easier way to create ringtones and ability to assign text tones been confirmed? If not, those two things would be lovely.
    5. Folders.
  • Increase the amount of images Bing presents. Currently you only get about one page. I typically have to go to the full Bing site through the browser to get anymore. Also, why do I have to go to the web site to download the pic? I should just be able to long press on the search result to save or make wallpaper.
  • 1. Screen rotation lock and ability to rotate screen manually
    2. Few more build-in apps, like stopwatch and recorder
    3. Ability for phone to start itself from shutdown state to sound an alarm. Then promting to boot. Very usefull at night. (like in old Nokia phones)
  • i concur.
    also: INSTAGRAM...MS does have share in FB, which owns instagram, so this app should be available soon!  (p.s.  i finally just opened an account on twitter and linkedin.  i am really just trying to add more popular social apps and INSTAGRAM is a major social app these days.) GROUPME app that is owned by MS needs major improvement!  I tried adding my fantasy football league buddies but no one has received a message.  I have read it is now a part of Skype so please continue to make further progress with this app, as I actually like the concept. Create GROUP contacts in Messaging Tile.  I have created groups in the People Tile, but after I am done texting I usually delete my texts.  Once I deleted my texts the group in the People tile disappeared.  (Either way, it would be nice to be able to create a group contact in the Messaging tile.) Ability to select multiple text/photo/apps so users can delete.  Hoarders some times like to clean their house, too.  LOL Ability to select multiple backgrounds (I'm not sure I'm describing it correctly) when the user hits the back capacitive button.  This way the user can delete backgrounds, apps, history (still not sure I'm explaining it right) that has been accumulating during user activities. Ability to ZOOM in Calendar when viewing months.  The user cannot see specific activities for a particular day when viewing months.  Zooming will help to narrow the field down when searching through all the activities, reminders, etc.
  • I'd like to see a docking port for 3rd-party i/o expansion products
  • The start screen should reorientate itself to landscape when the phone is set on its side. This would aid in the transition from going and coming out of a game, movie or video.
  • 1. The option to hide toast notifications.(the way email doesn't have toast) Not everyone within eye sight of my phone needs to see who is texting me with a preview of what is said. 2. Also.. The option to not have the screen light up when texted.(just like email) Just an option for these things would be nice.
    Is this what a notification center would do? With a message alert light? Cause if so I'm with everyone else.. 3. Notification center!
  • +1000 on text privacy
  • Yup, I agree with these and the reasons behind them.
  • The ability to make a playlist on the phone.
  • 1. I haven't seen anything about the calendar yet, So better calendar features. 2. Option to save the home screen layout, like 3-5 different layouts to switch between.(with the options to have 3 different sized tiles this would come in handy, also allow you to to have different layouts for when at work, home etc) 3. like Windows 8 have to option to sign in to the phone with multiple Microsoft IDs without losing your setting and apps every time. 4. Halo mobile game with multiplayer game play, I think this would be a hugh selling point for WP8 and get the Xbox users to switch to WP. 5. ...
  • I know I already posted 5, but I would also love the ability to save settings for restoring/buying a new phone- tying it all to the live ID like contacts already are...
  • I concur.  
         Since WP7 users will have a microsoftID they should have save settings.  Correct me if I am wrong but I believe Xbox360 has that ability for their users when it comes to controller settings.
  • Not sure if this should be included, but for maps it would be nice to have suggestions for addresses as you're typing, kind of like how google maps work.
    2. Auto correct when you're searching on Bing using the search key would be nice.
    3. Custom vibrates for texts and calls would be good too, as far as I know there's currently no selection and the preset text message vibrate is far too short on my phone. These are all kind of just minor things, they may already be implemented in wp8.
  • 1. Larger font size in the phone book contact detail screen. It is simply too small to readily review address details or telephone numbers.
    2. Ability to save files (pdf, jpeg,word docs etc) from emails on to phone's hard drive and of course the ability to organise the phone's hard drive into folders to access those saved files.
    3. A hi fi audio reproduction chip to equal or surpass the hi-fi man or cowon music players to put iPhone in it's place. WP8 should not only be world class for imaging but also as a media player. Ability to play all essential file types (inc. WAV and FLAC, not only MP3) should also be present.
    No one wants to carry a phone, camera and music player when all these functions could be handled brilliantly on one device. For me, that would be the holy grail of smartphones and would pull users from all other platforms.
  • +1 also micro HDMI out would be awesome with a killer audio/video experience
  • 2. Already exists, attachments are downloaded locally in WP7... How else do you view them? You just can't copy them off without a file browser.
  • 1. File associations. Without a file browser this is pretty much limited to PDF, mp4, and YouTube URLs, but I hate adobe so alternatives will make me happy. 2. Xbox live voice chat, including listening to and creating/sending voice/video messages. 3. a way to move about the start screen faster (virtual pageup pagedown buttons?). Also, pin to top or bottom of start, as opposed to just bottom. 4. Check box playlist creation. Or similar function different implementation. 5. Better lock password. Alphanumeric, or windows8 style tracing pictures. delete all data after x failed attempts options.
  • 6. Tab button on keyboard. The keyboard often covers UI elements in apps, and a list of forms is hard to fill out because you need to navigate around the keyboard to get to the next field... Just make a tab button to jump to the next keyboard input field. 7. Everyone wants a notification center, but I think that defeats the purpose of live tiles. It would be better to have a system tile that lists the number of un attended notifications from things that are NOT pinned to start. For example, eBay push messages are lost forever if you didn't see them, and I don't even know if it does live tiles (I don't want it anyway). Moreover opening the app clears its notifications. So it's a compromise: "notification center" as a live tile which only displays things that are not already tiled. Otherwise the concept of a regular notification center essentially replaces existing functionality... Ios5 ran into a similar problem and is a horrible cluster **** largely because of this. The notification box on the average iPhone contains 500 notifications from each app and is largely ignored...
  • I concur for #6.
         The tab would greatly assist when filling out forms.  Many times I find myself clicking back on the screen because if I press enter the internet (or app) will move on without some of the fields being completed.
  • Highlighting my song just to know which ones I own a d which ones I've downloaded from Zune marketplace. Maybe make those tracks that are in my collection but that I haven't bought yet a different color.
  • Back ground wallpapers behind the tiles and the tiles too that's it :D
  • More theme/tile colors including black and white tile colors Quick access in notification bar to turn WiFi / Bluetooth on and off Best apps on other platforms
  • 1.Notification center or live tile that consolidates all notifications
    2.Download files from web
    3. Landscape mode for home screen
    And a nice Lumia on Sprint of course, but I digress........
  • More Xbox content (videos you see on Xbox in Xboxhub)
    On the go playlist creation
    Animated tiles for developers
  • Ability to make a playlist on the phone is also a big one imo. Landscape/portrait lock as well, although it would likely be more of a hardware button I suppose.
    Better multitasking as well. Can't stand the current multitasking.
  • 1. full bluetooth support
    2. support for adding calender items from outlook.
    3. a decent calendar app. Not like the current one, and with a decent weekview
    4. the option to put reminders on emails and link it ti the calendar for dues.
    5. A better people search for the phone app.
    6. full support of all windows phone 8 features for all non-US countries.
    7. full language support at launch of windows phone 8 for all non-us countries.
    8. ful landscape support, even for the startscreen
    9. improved powersettings in the settingsmenu.
    10. a simple video editing app
    11. support for purchasing apps through mobile banking
  • Landscape on home screen
    Notification center to left of start screen
    HDMI out (not micro)
  • 1. backup SMS (to SkyDrive would be nice)
    2. being able to block certain callers
    3. notification center
    4. webOS-style "swipe-to-close"
  • I would love a hub to set up context aware profiles. So if I'm going to work the phone automatically change the profile to silent or when there is a meeting in my calendar it does the same. Then when I am going home from work and out of a specified radius of work the profile changes back to my loud profile. I think symbians could do this with a third party application.
    Just thought of scheduling updates when it meets some criteria would also be nice to see. In general, automation of repetitive tasks.
  • Flash, Silverlight support so we can watch online television native remote desktop Support all popular movie formats, avi,mkv,flv and allow it to copy them to your device vpn support disable auto rotate privacy option to dissable showing of content for push messages(when using your phone as navigation everyone in the car can see your screen) ability to e-mail documents as an attachment instead of a Sky-Drive link *.txt file support Add FM-transmitter support, HDMI/Composite tv out and wirelessly charging as basic device features Open up the platform!! Let people install software outside the marktet without a developer unlock!!! Open up the registry so people (geeks) can fine tune / have fun with their device Let me add unlimited number of people to groups! And sync those groups with desktop / groups (now they only exist on my phone)! Detailed Call log, how long did the call take not only when it started! Native Facebook integration shoudn't be seen by Facebook as an app but as a native client (not all messages are shown, so unusable) Add USB host support so I can plug in a compact camera to upload photos made with a better camera or can use a fysical keyboard or mouse (for with RDP) closing apps in multi tasking screen Option to save office documents as PDF and attach them to an email or sent by messages as WhatsApp Finger print and face recognition screen unlock Photo password similar to windows 8 Add skype users by their phone number like WhatsApp, Tango and Viber
  • Video editing. If MS doesn't want to build an app, at least let 3rd parties have access to video.
  • 1. Notification Center with live information deilvered and retained with a timeline.
    2. Ability to search contacts not just by name e.g. if I use the search capacative button, search my contacts not just the web for a business also bring up names of anyone I know (in my address book) that works for that business. Have come across situations where I know the company I want to call but cannot remember their name!!
    3. background wallpaper below tiles would be cool
    4. hdmi out (any format)
    5. more social integration (adding/removing people, direct messaging etc)
    6. Create ringtone from music already on the phone (this may already be in wp8 not sure)
    7. more integration into every day things e.g. components for car stereo controls from the headunit not from the device (not really a wp8 addition, just an overall wish)
    If I think of more will edit.
    Edit 1: Learn to make me dinner and put the game on :)
    Edit 2: Bluetooth remote control for dare I say it PS3 (yes not everyone owns an xbox)
  • 1. Packet data (traffic) counter
    In summary:
    a. Be able to define the start day of the month when your phone cycle starts and set the monthly data allowance.
    b. The data management should then be able to at a glance tell you what data you have used during you current billing cycle (in mb) for both 3G and WiFi. Provide a live tile option to show this data in brief.
    c. Be able to drill down on the data summary to show a graph with a break down by day during the billing cycle to show your data usage both for phone data and WiFi.
    d. Extend the above features to show a summary of data consumption by application. Being able to drill donw by either day and appliation would be great.
    e. Be able to set alerts to let user know when they are getting close the monthly data allowance.
      Power management profiles In summary.
    1. Be able to define a profile. (Work, Home, Car, Outdoors, Meeting etc).
    2. Set the properties for the profile. Volume, vibrate (on/off), WiFi, Bluetooth, Screen brightness, screen timeout, Flightmode etc.
    3. Allow the profile to be triggered based on time or location. For example turn on profile "Night Mode" at 10:00pm and back to "Home" mode at 07:00am. Turn on profile "Work" based on a defined GPS or cell tower location.
    Each profile will have each of properties mentioned above set / defined by the user. Being able to have the phone set the profile based on a time or location would be great.
    4. Allow the user to always see what profile is currently active (perhaps via the top bar where the battery status etc are displayed) and maybe on the lock screen, or a live tile.
    5. Allow the user to be able to switch the profile manually by selecting from a list of defined profiles quickly and easily. Access to this should be quick, perhaps by pressing a live tile which loads the list of profiles. Single tap to select the desired profile to activate that profile immediately
    6. Perhaps a set of pre-defined profiles built into the ecosystem, that users can then simply select and set the properties and triggers for each profile. This would make it easy and fast for users to set up. Well executed the power management profiles could be a set once and forget type of solution.
    7. The user should be able to enable / disabled any profiles.  
  • i'm pretty sure they covered most of what you asked for with "Packet data (traffic) counter" in their data sense app
  • Improved Calendar with integrated tasks. Please include a week view.
  • +1 include week numbers
  • 1. Notification center
    2. No splashscreen in app
    3. Real multitasking (apps work in background)
  • Smart dialing...use the number keypad like the People Search app
  • the people hub / phone book is right beside the button for the dialer, i don't get why people keep asking for this feature
  • Way quicker to just start dialing out the name. You must not have a lot of contacts.
  • i have plenty of contacts, i just go straight in to the people hub and use the search button instead of opening the dialer. both are on my start screen.
  • Excuse me if I am wrong and some of these have already been announced for WP8, but here are features I would like to see in future WP products:
    - a creatively done notification center, complete with more quick settings than competitors have
    - universal search, and the ability to search within a specific app, like say do a specific search while in messaging
    - phone to phone or phone to device (eg laptop or tablet) bluetooth file sharing
  • 1. Notification center
    2. user customizable folders / hubs
    3. whatever it takes in bluetooth to work with the pebble smart watch!
  • What about a seperate volume for the ringer. Why should I turn the volume down every time I launch an app and then back up again when im done. Maybe its just me.
  • +1000
    Should have been build in from the start.
  • I forgot about that, such a simple feature, that should definitely be included.
  • Have a setting for automatically sending Camera Roll pictures to SkyDrive ONLY when connected to WiFi. If I take three new pics at a party, I'd like them to get sent to SkyDrive when I get back home to WiFi. Currently, to use to autosend feature, you have to leave it in all the time which means that you're sucking down data.
  • 1.) Notify page.  Swipe left for a page listing recent notifications is a great idea! 2.) Custom sounds/actions for EVERYTHING. 3.) File size option for files saving to SkyDrive (especially photos).  Choices per file could be: full, large, medium, or small 4.) Custom categories to house our apps.  Maybe if we don't call them FOLDERS....
  • 1. Completely reimagine the Music hub or whatever.  While I'm behind the Metro interface everywhere else I've used it to date, playing my music on xbox, windows 8, and windows phone 7 has not been optimal.  
    2. FM Transmitter.  
    3. Probably a stretch here, but native remote desktop.  Or at least a Remote app that intergrates with media features of Windows 8.
  • +100000000 for the FM transmitter, excellent idea.
  • 1. NOTIFICATION CENTER (<--absolute must)
    2. better keyboard (or a choice of a few different keyboards).
    3. Quick setting area or tile (like on android where you can quickly turn off and on your wi-fi, GPS, Airplane mode, mobile data, etc).
  • 1. I dont know if someone mentioned this already, but I want to be able to transfer files via bluetooth from my laptop to my phone and vice versa.
  • 1.Notification center
    2.More background colors
    3.better voice integration (I.e siri)
    4.Swipe password to unlock phone maybe something like android or windows 8 picture swipe to unlock
    5.better integration with Zune (Xbox music) so I dont have to manually download the songs I already have on my phone unto my Xbox
    6. Instagram integration
    7. Key board swype
    8.ability to back up progress in games
  • Since Facebook bought instagram, that would be a great feature.
  • 1- notification centre and recent/fave apps poss swipe left/ twice right
    2- multi colour live tiles like windows 8 with many colours and baxkgrounds
    3- camera recognises and tags friends in pics like s3
    4- select many text/pics to delete rather than one at a time
    5- kinect style gestures inc facial recognition using ffc so dont need to touch or talk to my phone, as said earlier gimmicks sell phones lol
  • 1. Notification center.
    2. Picture unlock like in win8.
    3. Ability to change defaults. ie make metro tube the default YouTube app.
  • 1. Podcast playlist
    2. Calendar search
    3. Use of italics/bold while typing emails or messages
  • also more reliable live tiles becuz all mines completely stopped working e