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Microsoft on lack of frequent updates: We’re listening, more to come this year

There’s been a common complaint from the Windows Phone community the past few months around a seemingly lack of urgency with Microsoft to release updates. Windows Phone 8 launched at the end of last October and since then we haven’t had much in terms of OS updates. Right now GDR2 is beginning to roll out for a few of you, but other than that not much. Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore recently took to the Windows Phone UserVoice to address some of that criticism.

For those who don’t spend every waking moment online: UserVoice is service that companies can utilize to engage customers. The most common application is to create a forum type setup where users can help provide feedback to the company. In this particular case, the Windows Phone UserVoice is where a lot of your fellow comrades go to provide Microsoft with feedback and ideas for future versions of Windows Phone. You can sort threads through a variety of ways, for example by hot ideas, top, new, the status, and categories. One particular thread was trending in the hot section, so Joe Belfiore stepped in.

It was titled “We need Microsoft to listen to our ideas and DO something”, this was the content inside:

“Ok, we're here after a year of WP8. We're about to get the GDR2 update and we're still not getting anything from the TOP ideas of this forum.Sometimes I'm wondering Microsoft is listening or not. Or they just simply try to convince us to buy the phone and then leave us here.GDR2 is just a small update, I see no actual features with high demand from customer on this update.Things need to changed, OR, we'll leave this OS. Do something, Microsoft, before it's too late.Who's with me, please vote!”

Quite a strong post right? Well it caught the attention of the community and was accumulating a lot of replies and votes that helped accelerate it to the top of the hot category. In those replies was one from Joe Belfiore addressing the main thread and the hundreds of replies within. Here’s what he said:

“We're definitely here and paying attention to what you folks are asking for... keep in mind the trick for us is balancing things that make EXISTING devices better for you, our enthusiast users, versus things that create new devices to sell to a broader audience. A lot of the work in GDR2 was around enabling new devices-- like the Lumia 1020, devices on Sprint, etc. so that we could keep growing the size of the WP ecosystem. We need to grow the number of people using WP so we get ISVs writing the apps, we get better/more accessories built, etc.Of course this takes time and energy, but we still do intend to improve the user experience for you via new features. There's some in GDR 2 (eg. DataSense broadly available, FM Radio) there's more coming later this year, and still more after that.Don't worry - we are listening to you folks!”

He brings up a very valid point and should help bring a few of us off our high horses. It was something we noticed yesterday in the comments for the leaked (and now confirmed) specs for the Lumia 625. Microsoft and Nokia have to find the balance between satisfying two extremes in the market –The tech nerds (you, me, and everyone most likely reading this site) and the rest of the world.

Microsoft and Windows Phone are still in a distant third place when it comes to mobile platforms. So we need to ask what should be higher on the priority list. Satisfying the needs of a few or the needs of many? And right now Joe seems to have answered that for Microsoft. They’re placing a higher priority on growing the ecosystem right now versus implementing ideas that appeal to a vocal minority. And honestly that’s probably the right thing to do. Building up a large user base for developers will be benefit us all and have a positive impact on the platform that lasts longer than simply adding the ability to control media and ringtone volume separately (as much as we all want that!).  

You shouldn’t write off Windows Phone if you’re into technology. Joe goes onto promise future updates coming this year. And he’s right. While they won’t go on record, we know that GDR3 is coming sometime in the fall followed by Windows Phone Blue (8.1) early next year. The biggest thing that GDR3 will bring to the table is support for higher resolution displays – like those 1080p ones are frenemies over at Android Central get to play with.

So what do you guys think? Do you sympathize with Microsoft being in a tough position to find the balance between growing the ecosystem/platform versus adding new features every week? Or should they just suck it up and double down? Sound off with your thoughts below, because today we all get to play armchair analysts.

Source: Windows Phone UserVoice, Via: Neowin

519 Comments
  • Heck, I dont even have my 7.8 update yet.
  • pity :(
  • Yea that's been a joke. My son's Lumia 900 received it bit my wife's Quantum didn't.
  • Why would you do that to your wife? a Quantum?
  • Can't you do the force update trick... IIRC you check for updates on Zune but disconnect at the right moment before it checks your phone model or whatnot... That's what I did for my old HTC arrive.
  • Nope, because the scumlords at ATT never flipped the switch to make them available on the update servers.
  • Microsoft needs to take control away from the damn carriers NOW.
     
  • Before you come to that conclusion, especially in a manner in which you're delivering it as something MS is doing wrong, you need to find out if that is even possible in the US.
  • Apple did it 'cause Apple puts convenience of its users above else, MS can't do this because they don't give a s*it about their users. They just feed us with stupid promises like that infamous "enthusiast program". Yea you can suck your empty promises MS, I don't give a f*ck about ya anymore.
  • I guess, but Microsoft can't afford that now. Look at why Russian carriers stopped carrying the iPhone.
  • I'm pretty sure that Microsoft and Google would love it if they could push out updates without the Carrier's input.
    The only reason Apple has this is because Apple will skip a carrier if Apple doesn't get the role of extreme overlord of its OS. The carrier's still, at this point, need iOS (many tech blogs have discussed why a carrier hosting the iPhone is a burden, and yet they still desperately need it).
    Meanwhile, carrier's don't really need Android or Windows Phone devices. There are so many Androids on the market, if they can't make a deal on a device, they just turn around and another deal is awaiting them. Likewise, Windows Phone is still trying to get a good foothold in the market, so it's weak and vulnerable.
    I don't think any manufactures are very fond of carriers getting final say in software updates, and the carriers being allowed to add their logos and crapware to devices, but it's the sad reality, it's the only way a carrier will allow a device to sell.
    Perhaps in the future, when the manufacturers get more power, they'll get more say, but for now, Apple has all the good playing cards, so everyone else is left at the mercy of the carriers.
  • Then Microsoft should release update for country that not depend on carrier faster. currently, even in country like Indonesia or Malaysia or any similar country that almost all device is unlocked, OEM directly sell to user. but we still need to wait 2-4 months after official release by microsoft. (happen last time with portico).
  • Then the customers in the countries that tech media covered more closely (USA) will get pissed off that they get theirs later, demand to the carriers, and carriers decide to stop the problem right from the source (tell Microsoft to stop giving early updates)
  • one of the reasons Microsoft can't do it is because Microsoft doesn't make there own phones like apple does. So at the end of the day Microsoft doesn't get to decide who gets what update, the carrier does. Now if Microsoft released its own phone like apple then they would be in total control
  • Wow, how does that bitter sandwich taste? Mmmm, yum!
  • Or use seven-eighter to easy force it
  • My wife would have kept her Quantum. She liked it more than the 8X she has after switching carriers. "Too big" "Doesn't have a keyboard" "Flimsy feeling" were her issues with it. I'm with her on the keyboard. I would dump my 928 in a heartbeat for a keyboard phone. (Didn't get the Quantum myself because the keyboard was too small for the slabs of ham I call hands)
  • I had an 8X for a minute, flimsy is not a word I would use to describe it. It's thin yes, and has some build quality issues but the phone is as sturdy as any slab could be.
  • The Quantum, the best WP to ever be released, will not receive the update, unfortunately. However, you can find information here in the forums on how to go get it.
  • The Quantum I gave to my friend to use had 7.8. I just plugged it in and it installed. The latest version came too. I just hate how 7.8 felt so laggy.
  • I had a Quantum as well. The single trick that worked for me was using seven eighter:
    http://wmpoweruser.com/seven-eighter-app-which-force-wp-7-8-update-upgra...
    Try it and come back with your results (hopefully, good).
  • With the $99 Nokia coming there is no excuse why any ATT user is still on Windows Phone 7
  • Excuse: Upgrade date not reached yet.
  • You need to move on man
  • Some people have two year contracts, it's not as simple as "moving on".
  • I think he meant divorce the wife.
  • ROFLMAO!
  • That's an even harder contract to break :/
  • That's how I read it too :)
  • Me too when i got the 900. However i sold the 900 on ebay and only came out of pocket for $50 for my 920 off contract.
  • Thinking about doing that with my 920 for the 1020. Can't decide though, don't know to do that or just wait it out and buy something off contract this time next year. Ahhhhhhh first world problems!!!
  • I will buy the 1020 on contract and given its high price ,its likely it will still sell at or around 400 a year or so from now if in pristine condition. At which point I'd pony up the difference for another flagship Lumia. 1st world solutions!!
  • That's the nasty carrier problem we face at work. If/when WPs ecosystem grows to a respectable size then MS can push for updates to go out with less pushback from the carriers.
  • Still need an update to push though.
  • use 7 eighter to update your mobile ... i did it for my samsung focus long time back
  • A pity indeed. I've tried force update and 7 Eighter several times, no luck. I've already lost patience. Samsung's not answering the rabid fans too when are we getting the update. We're already on the the second half of the year and WP 8.1 might come Q4 and yet, we can't even get the update. Samsung's reps keep on changing their tune. People are really mad.
    I wanted to get Lumia 920 back then, but when it arrived in my country (Philippines); rumor about the kick@ss 1020 surfaces so I was like do I have to invest on 1020 instead? It's launching this July but who knows when it will arrive to my country again, it's really diasappointing. Hopefully Nokia will realize to not have a simultaneuos release but fast track all these things to catch up with competitng OS.
    LOL, my post became a bit out of topic but all I'm pointing out is it's a domino effect. Delayed OS update > delayed device release etc etc. Anyway, carry on. :)
     
  • honestly, 7.8 doesn't add much value to 7.5. however, the trick to using the 7eighter tool is the section about choosing the language packs that are installed on your device. I had more language packs on my hd7 than the tool, so i selected all of the ones available on the tool. anyway, smooth install. retained all of my data including SMS.
  • dude you have to realized.. phones released here in the usa are totally different in another country...for example the 1020 has the new lte chip which the philippines dont have,and phones here in the usa are subsidised by carrier,in the philippines most of people use prepaid ryt?? be patient or buy it off contract..goodluck dude..
  • We have LTE here sir... :)
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  • Samsung was my first WP, but I learned my lesson fast! They're holding back WP updates so you can get frustrated and hopefully purchase one of their beloved GS devices. I hope you simply dump them and chose Nokia or HTC for WP!!
  • I am giving WP 8 one more year just tired of simple things that annoy me. I have been a strong supporter since the 900. I was not even mad when they switched to WP 8. My biggest issue is notifications the tiles simply do not work except the OS tiles like email, calendar (which is joke in terms of usability). Don't even get me started on other storage I have 12 gb stuck in it no idea what it is. I can't download new map updates or even download big games. I had to delete the maps which I use almost every day, to make space for some apps and files. My work gave a choice of iPhone or galaxy s3, even though I took s3 my daily phone is 920. If major changes don't come to notifications and other issues there is no way I can stay with WP 8.
  • Regardless, I'm not braking up with Windows Phone, not just yet. I am a very proud Samsung Focus user. I love the phone, the camera and the expandable storage, no qualms on that.
     
    And I'm proud that I was able to convert some of my siblings on using Windows Phone. But this kind of love (with the OS and device) should be rewarded properly, hence, give us an update. We already got tired with Samsung Support reps, they keep on changing answers everyday as to whern do we really get an update. It doesn't matter if they say January 2014, that's fine with me, but they should walk the talk. The rep goes like, oh you'll be getting the update by June, then come June, they said they really don't know. Why can't they give us a firm roll-out. Was it that complicated?
  • If you're using a Lumia 920, you can easily use the Storage Check app to remove the temp files in your "other" storage.  It's in the Settings -> System -> Storage Check (near the bottom of the list).  It is nice because it tells you which apps are taking up storage in "other" as well as how much is taken by temp files and lets you delete the temp files.  It took my temp files from 9 GB down to 700 MB (large, but still acceptable on a 32 GB device).
    I'm not sure what's wrong with your 3rd party live tiles.  I have lots of 3rd party apps with tiles that work fine.  On a daily basis, I use Simple Calendar, LINE, Twitter, Row, and Weather Flow and they work great and update fine.  Don't get me wrong, I understand the need for a notification center as well, but I don't know why your tiles wouldn't be working...
  • The next person that say's Storage Check is a fix for this I'm gonna hunt down n strangle lol its NOT a fix! It does f#ck all!!! Yesterday it took a "massive" 2mb out of temp n I don't believe u wen u say it went from 9gb to 700mb coz I had 20gb n was lucky to get 300mb back!
  • +1
  • Thanks for jumping down my throat dude.  I was just trying to be helpful to the poster above.  Sorry, Storage Check is not working for you.  You can go bite someone's head off who works for Microsoft or Nokia (which is not me).  I was just trying to be helpful, which you certainly aren't.  Do you have 20 GB actually in temp or do you have 20 GB in "Other"?
  • It doesn't matter if you know why his tiles won't update, the fact of the matter is the live tiles don't update on numerous devices which you should know if you read the forums. WP users are tired of dealing with having to do hard resets in order to get the live tiles to update.Not to mention the infamous wheels of death MS has yet to address.
  • I have a friend who started with the focus and then upgraded to the 920... and he's pretty much called it quits on WP oS. He's going to jump ship & all he's waiting for is on the Moto X (smh). I tried to tell him about the 1020's 41 mp goodness but he's had it with the platform. His biggest complaint was lack of support by developers and all the great apps he's missing out by staying.
    I can't blame him... There's so much potential on the WP oS.
  • What "great apps" are missing??
  • Your just gonna argue your point so dont worry what apps are missing just know that his friend can't find what he wants on wp
  • I totally agree, I'm a huge fan of Microsoft and WP8, I even used to own a Samsung windows mobile 6.I've been patient for a very long time and I still don't have the features nor the apps that I need when everyone else around me are happy with their android and iphone devices. I'm giving WP8 one more year or till WP blue 8.1 is released to see what features they will include, if WP blue 8.1 doesn't have what I need then I'm switching to android.
  • Yeah... Ok.
  • leo9212, if you need so much storage space, why didn't you bought the Samsung Ativ S ? I have one with 16GB + 64GB external storage! It gives to me the ability to use 14,68GB + 59,02GB for everything I need! PS: I'm 17 years old, I have lots of apps, games, music, videos and even CoPilot Live with the 3D and Europe maps pack and I use only 8GB of internal storage and 10GB of external storage...
  • That's not the point. I can buy a WP 8 phone with external storage but I really like Nokia and their designs the point is even though I have 32 gigs as advertised I can't even use half of it
  • It's called compromise. You end up doing it to some extent with damn near every product you ever buy
  • I'm sorry, you need a hard reset.. Just do it❕
  • I feel your pain but I'm sure that these problems will be solved at the most by early next year with gdr3 update. With regards to the other storage issue. Why don't you just use Nokia's app ?
  • The Nokia Storage app doesn't remove other storage only temporary memory, and doing a factory reset on the Lumia 920 breaks windows thus killing the phone
  • What are you talking about❔... Is your 920 carrier unlocked❔
  • That stinks about your other storage. I personally have never had over 1gb in other storage. Have you thought about a reset, I know nobody wants to I've had to do it 4 times now due to my phone messing up but it may be worth it to get your storage in check.
  • doing a factory reset on the Lumia 920 breaks windows thus killing the phone
  • I'm guessing (hoping) you have a Lumia, if so there's a storage app to free up that 12gigs. I recently seen a third party app too for non-Lumias' search on ya own tho
  • @leo9212 try shrink storage. I used it all the time until Nokia released other storage.
  • Tried everything to fix the storage issue. Even did factory reset twice but everytime the other storage fill up fast. Nokia storage actually helped before I was at 18 gb other storage unbelievable. It took it down to 13 and now 12.
  • I had tried Shrink Storage, that app needs to be restarted after clean temporary files, it is not clean all temporarily files, the same with Storage Cleaner, not clean all temporary files.
  • If you haven't received the update, it is more of an issue with the OEM/carrier, than with Microsoft.  You don't see people upset at Google when an HTC device doesn't receive an Android update. 
  • Google didn't tell everyone they'd be getting updates.  Microsoft pitched the phone as an OS with regular updates, and ones that would get to your phone, an OS that was not fractured.
    And what we have is an OS that is fractured.
    Personally, i regret buying a WP8 greatly.
  • Actually google did promise updates for 18 months per OEM and device. In Fact HTC, and other oems have broken the "so called contract" with google to support its devices for 18 months. Case in point, the HTC One X as an example.
  • The updates or more specificaly, lack thereof, is a Microsoft issue they, in their allmighty wisdom, decided to give the carriers the power to block updates, so they are the ones at fault.
    After executing updates for Windows for decades it is beyond belief that they could screw it so much for WP.
    Its as if your Internet provider had the ability to block Windows updates for you, no one would accept that so why are people ok with carriers blocking updates, the carriers are nothing more than service providers providing you with a link to the 'network' just as internet service providers do for you PCs.
  • Why are you blaming MS, but giving a pass to the carriers? Have you actually researched this, or just decided to complain?
  • well i actually found 7.8 to be slow at launching from main tiles screen.... made me not like it. 7.5 is smoother.
  • I decided to manually update to 7.8 by finding the update packages online and installing them. Otherwise I would be in the same boat.
  • I'm 103% sure that someone will have Windows 8.1 running the HD7 before you get 7.8.
  • The update for HD7 is available though. I got 7.8 via Telstra 4 weeks after release. It's AT&T that's screwing them
  • Exactly, I am waiting for 7.8 update on my Samsung Focus (ATT) as well, and STILL NOTHING. Microsoft can go screw themselves with empty promises about later this year, early next year for 8.1; yeah right.....will be lucky if we see GDR3 and 8.1 by August next year from ATT and their crap support and blocking of WP updates.
    Until Microsoft makes all updates compulsary and takes control of the release completely, they and WP are going to fail.
     
  • Why are you still on a Samsung Focus? If your reason is because of a contract, the upcoming $99 Nokia, you have no excuse. There is no reason why MS needs to be supporting your old OS.
  • StoRAGEEEEEEEEE problem!!!!!!!!!!!
  • What about the FIX for the "Other storage" issue?
    Its really annoying. Its curretly occupied 3GB in my 820.
  • Sadly right now the only fix is factory reset :(
  • Mines at 9 gbs on my 920
  • 9gb ? Try that Clean storage app...I bet it will pull you down to 6gb or less..
  • use storage check APP
  • Apparently we are part of the vocal minority, 1080p screens seem a little more important at the moment.
  • Considering the 1280x768 screen on my 925 is gorgeous, I'd gladly pass on 1080p screens.
  • +1
     
  • +925
  • +8X
  • +8X
     
    That's exactly how I felt when I saw that line as well.
  • or add "Install apps and games on the SD support" at least.
    The storage is also killing me on my L820, i don't care about 1080p resolution (i have a HD TV for that) or data sense or any other features like that.
    I managed to install Halo SA (from SD card) by removing 7 games (including Asphalt 7) from my phone, otherwise i was low in storage space.
  • it's killing me too up to the point that I sold my Lumia 820 and upgraded to Lumia 920. I can live with normal 8mp camera but it's PITA to delete several games before installing large game then install them back just so you can have sufficient storage. not to mention that I already reset my phone twice before realizing the other storage issue is caused by auto uploading photos to skydrive.
  • …auto uploading photos to SkyDrive...  that is a big part of the problem, but not the only problem.  I believe just installing apps leads to the growth of the other storage.  My got up to over 10GB on my Lumia 822 (16GB internal, but at least I have a micro-SD).  I ended up doing a factory reset. After re-installing about 2GB of apps, I went down from 12GB free to about 8 GB. 
  • What's with the complaints about the "other" storage?I had a 620 & now I have the 820, and never had problems with that storage.On both it grabbed around 1.4Gb and stayed there for months.That "Storage check" works pretty well keeping it under control.
  • What isn't a problem for you, is a problem for many of us.  
     
    So, that would be what the complaints are about.  I'm at 3.2 on Other on an 8 gb phone.  Is over a third of my storage dedicated to Other worth complaining about?  Very much so.
     
    Storage Check is useless to me.  It clears up maybe .3 gb and most of that is from clearling IE history
  • I bought a game about a month ago. I still can't install it. If that's not a huge problem for a phone, I don't know what is.
  • People don't realize exactly how much of that Other Storage is being occupied by the number of apps and the app data that is consuming a major amount of memory. I've noticed that since WP8 is based on the NT kernel, each app that is installed usually uncompress from a 2 to 4 Mb file into a 40 to 60 Mb file, and that is not including app data. Of course there is something wrong with the Other Storage, but with the shrink storage app and Nokias and Htc's storage check app with ability to delete temporary files, will really help tremendously. Keep an eye on how much app data one uses, its more than you think.
  • I had tried Shrink Storage, that app needs to be restarted after clean temporary files, it is not clean all temporarily files, the same with Storage Cleaner, not clean all temporary files.
  • Yes, the fact that they are just leaving this one out there waving in the wind is just mind boggling.  I refuse to recommend WP to people when they may very well be back in two months with no storage.
     
    And then to compound the issue, no way to save game progress is a real killer.  "We can reset your phone but all those Angry Birds levels you've spent 30 hours on to try and complete the achievements are out the window.  Sorry dude."
     
    Microsoft should feel 100 times as embarressed and ashamed of themselves as I feel for them.  Unfortunately, they don't seem to give a shit on this one.
  • I have 3.25gb other in my Lumia 820.They release games like halo to install but how to install when there is no space.
  • I have 16GB in other on my 920 :'(
  • I do agree with MS's point but thing wouldn't come to this if they were a lot more responsive to the community. When you have a small community then you need to work hard at fostering it and not ignoring it. These guys are the core that will show off their phones to people at work and recommend it.
  • Agreed. Communication is important no matter what. 
  • Communication is key, but as we've seen with the Xbox One debacle, it's not a strong suit for the company right now. 
     
    More than updates to the OS (there's nothing missing that I really want or need) I would like to see MS engage more with their consumers. Relatively speaking the userbase is small enough to start having conversations about the future of the platform and features that will be added.
     
    I can understand the need for secrecy around new/revolutionary features, but they shouldn't have any issues in discussing WP versions of features that exist on other OSs. Heck, they don't even need to provide screenshots, it'd just be nice to see blog posts detailing some of what they're working on.
  • +1
  • Somehow we need to get MS to realize that the whole "shut up and ship" theory that they have been operating under does more harm than good. Yes, you will prevent a few users from being upset when you can't follow through with something that was announced, but the flip side is incredible frustration and the appearance of simply not caring or listening to users. People are willing to be MUCH more patient waiting for something when they know it's coming than when they have no idea and MS won't comment on it. They will still complain, but that's better than them feeling abandoned and unlistened to.
  • Exactly. "Shut up and ship" works when you're iterating quickly and your carrier and OEM "partners" are cooperative in quickly getting updates (especially bug fixes) out to users. But when you release 2-3 updates per year, and your "partners" drag their feet at every opportunity for months, it just makes it look like you are either completely mismanaged or could just care less about fixing/improving the product you supposedly support.
  • So far, no one in my family will switch from an iPhone. Because when I do try and boast that that xbox music is better than itunes, or that TellMe is better than Siri, or that Live Tiles are an answer to a notification center, Bing better than google, etc... - it just comes off as uppity.
  • Well, I don't know that Tellme is better than Siri, I see quite a gap in user functionality today. I see Xbox Music as a much closer fight with it and iTunes scoring separate points. But you're larger point and enthusiasm are right on!
  • I don't talk about it. I just do things nonchalantly that show how its better. Like take pictures in dimly lit rooms with my 920, show off neat apps like cinemagraph and here maps with live sight, and just show off the dynamic live tiles. Showing is better than telling.
  • Yeah.  I don't talk about my WP8 because there's really nothing to showoff except for City Lens.  My Android and iPhone friends were amazed when using this app in new places.
  • if live tiles worked all the time but my instance doesn't update anymore, twiter sometimes, and fb is hit or miss. like ill open it and ill have like 8 notifications and no update on the tile. If live tiles worked I wouldnt be calling for notification center as much but when fb is by microsoft corporation and they can't even get it to work right. that one is a loss but yea i do the same with my friends but the only one that they wow indiscriminatly is definitely citylens from HEREmaps
  • +11111
    If they could only get the things to work reliably.
  • TellMe is pretty awful. I have to repeat myself 10 times just for it to understand a simple sentence. I haven't used Siri to compare though. It also ties into Bing, which is also pretty awful on WP. Both of those could be because I'm not in the US and apparently they're quite good there as MS typically ignores the rest of the world or only gives us half-arsed versions
  • I agree! There should be a balance between their position and our interests.
  • Exactly. They've seemed to split their audience up into two silos as if the enthusiasts aren't the ones showing off the phone and bringing in new users.
  • I usually wait a year to update it anyways. More exciting having a lot of new stuff added at once. I really want custom text tones next.
  • Yes, can't understand why we can't set custom text tones. I hate the ones that come with the phone. They just come off as "old man" sounding.
  • Holy **** that used to piss me off I just got used to it but man I wish we could get custom text tones. like things like that it may actually be really difficult but it doesn't seem like it and its one of those basic things that when it isn't included it just makes you scoff
  • Yeah, but we're behind on simple, basic features some of our feature phones had.. This excuse is simply not good enough... Separate volume controls have been requested for what is years now, and it should've come no later than with the 7.5 update... Try again Joe❕
  • More as in tiles :P
  • As in tile colors :P
  • Custom colors and/or image backgrounds for tiles. :)
  • Agreed.
  • I'm waiting for notifications, once that's added, apple and android are history.
  • Bullshit!!! Stuff like those update to support borader spectrum of hardware should have been implemented right from the start.... What did MS expect when they launched WP8, to support only a handful of configurations on hardware side when they are fighting against a mammoth like android? I love Windows Phone for its awesome UI and simplicity but it needs to offer more and fast
  • +1
  • Totally agree.  For a company that is way too late to the mobile market and has only a sliver of marketshare they sure doesn't seem to be listening.  I hear countless stories about how sales people at carrier stores refuse to promote WP.  The lack of updates really just gives them more of a reason to not push the brand when they know it is, in some ways, an inferior OS.  Maybe I"m being too hard on them but it would seem that at the very least they could patch things like custom ringtones and independent volume control for music and ringer without waiting for a major update.  
  • that´s look very easy to implemente.... It cant be THAT hard for Microsoft do this..... what about the option to click on the upper right corner icon and navigate from silente,vibrate, and vibrate + ring... not rocket Science....really...
  • +920
  • I work in another area of the high tech industry and I hear my bosses making these same type of complaints, but stuff takes time. It's the, "if one woman can create a baby in nines months, then nine women can produce a baby in one month". It just doesn't work that way. You can only throw so many resources at a project before you just end up with people getting in the way and actually delaying a project rather than speeding it up. Too many people are saying Microsoft should have waited until they had all the "important" features. Well, that's not going to happen; not even for iPhone and Android because there will always be the next new important feature. Would you have preferred Microsoft wait another two or three years before launching the Windows Phone?
    I realize it can be frustrating when the phone doesn't have that one feature you'd really like, but are you really willing to give up all the other great things about the Windows Phone simply because it doesn't yet have one feature? Is that one feature that important to give up the goodness of the Windows Phone. If it is, I wonder why you (and I mean you generically; not any one specific person) bought the Windows Phone in the first place.
    Keep voicing your opinions and let Microsoft know what you feel is important, but please don't give up on the Windows Phone. It's an awesome OS and the Nokia Phones equal to or better than any Android or iPhone.
  • +920
    Very well said
  • I completely agree. As an engineer myself, I approve this comment.
  • Which that GREAT thing you're talking about ?? Huh ?? Except UI, which unique thing WP provides you ??
    This doesn't work in consumer world. People have options and they're always ready to jump the ships if you can't deliver.
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