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Windows Central welcomes these verified Microsoft employees to our Support Forums!

Help make Windows 10 even better by working with these Microsoft engineers and developers!

Besides announcing our forthcoming 12 Days of Hidden Gems sweepstakes next week, Windows Central is also proud to announce our Microsoft verified-employees program for our help forums!

Now, when you use our forums, there will be a small crew of Microsoft engineers to help answer your questions, especially about Windows 10. So how will you know they are legitimate? You can see a Microsoft badge with a verified check mark as seen below, to let you know you are dealing with an authentic Microsoft employee.

We should be clear that the staff who are assisting in our forums are engineers working on Windows 10 (and their apps), and not customer support specialists. As such, for existing in-market product support issues you can head to https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us (opens in new tab) and use those forums for your particular case.

What is Microsoft's Role in the Windows Central Forums?

Instead of lending direct assistance and problem-solving, these Microsoft engineers and developers are here to help answer your questions and get feedback to help make Windows 10 even better.

However, we ask you to not barrage the representatives from Microsoft about unannounced products or roadmaps as they cannot answer those inquiries. Instead, focus on Windows 10, what you would like to see, what needs fixing and what ideas you have for Microsoft to make their products something that you want.

So, who is here? Glad you asked.

List of Microsoft verified employees (Forum handle/Real Name)

  • Giffdev- Devin Sinha (Giffdev on twitter/reddit/xbox live, etc)
  • GabeAul - Gabriel Aul (GabeAul on twitter)
  • saulricardo - Saul Ricardo Gomez
  • johnwinkmsft - John Wink
  • Ellen Kilbourne - Ellen Kilbourne (ellenment on Twitter)
  • RazaNaqvi – Raza Naqvi
  • Jennifer Gentleman – JenMSFT
  • Kriti Pandit – KritiMSFT

Some of those names, like Gabriel Aul, should be familiar, as they have been at the forefront of the Windows Insider program for Windows 10. Others may be less known but all of their roles are super important, and they want to know what's on your mind.

Without further ado, welcome Microsoft official to our forums and let's make the most of this partnership!

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Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

283 Comments
  • Wow, very cool! Welcome!
  • MS, please fix the About on the Settings of WP. Even when my phone has the rotation lock on, it still rotates when I open it while lying on my bed sideways. Please update it, it's driving mu nuts. Thanks!
  • Not just the About but other screens and apps as well don't seem to be affected by the auto rotation lock.
  • Would love home screen to rotate so I don't have to flip phone one way than another. Also search results for Cortana. I prefer landscape mode on the 1520 when on the browser, etc. For that matter, how about WC app gaining landscape mode?
  • Not that they should ignore it, but... why are you going into About while laying in bed?
  • You don't?
  • Because he's single.
  • Wow... Off topic already!
  • Ikr! Same for calculator. Also there's typos. Like on Phone Update and Games it says "Loading ..." or "Checking for updates ..." and like that makes me freak out and I get panic attacks and stress from my OCD. There should be no space between the last letter of the word/phrase and the 3 dots.
  • I think it's already fixed. Using latest WP8.1 GDR1 build.
  • Welcome! 1020 true success is coming when???????
  • They are here to answer questions and get feedback on Windows 10, not talk about hardware roadmaps.
  • Well in that case, does windows 10 resolve the failure to dim softkeys that we have now?
  • Ain't gonna happen.
  • When Nokia returns in 2016
  • In 2020.
  • Once i gave a feedback at UserVoice forum and i am not sure if any official employee went through it but yes, alteast i got more than 350 votes so far. Since many Microsoft Engineers are here, just thought to give a link and bring  it to their notice  https://windows.uservoice.com/forums/265757-windows-feature-suggestions/...
  • Yes, we definitely go through UserVoice on a regular basis! Thanks for mentioning that. 350 upvotes is pretty good, so while I bet it has already been noticed I'll forward the link to the networking team just to be sure.
  • Thanks a lot for that :) This is a very good step by Microsoft. We all appreciate it.
  • When do we discuss Verizon, upgrade from WP 8 to 10, and market share? Just kidding, happy to see them here!
  • He's not kidding lol
  • Wow! Well done!
  • All awesome people!
  • Everything is awesome !
  • AAHHAHA! Joli – Everything is AWESOME!!!
  • Or this? https://music.xbox.com/track/jo-li/the-lego%C2%AE-movie-original-motion-picture-soundtrack/everything-is-awesome/12e41608-0100-11db-89ca-0019b92a3933?action=play
  • I can actually picture that sentence as a WP slogan. They should market WP with that slogan, but then it also makes me think of iPhones and how the iSheep believe everything Apple-related is awesome xD WP users could even become the new hipsters LOL
  • We ARE the new hipsters.
  • MS in general is awesome :)
  • Takes one to know one, Sam
  • Awesome!
  • Welcome Guys
  • Massive welcome. I sincerely hope that everyone refrains from bombarding them with questions that they obviously cannot answer.
  • Wishful thinking ;)
  • Indeed! Not gonna happen :D Btw: Are you mainly interested in feedback for Windows 10 on desktop or mobile? Or is it irrelevant? :) Cool thing that Microsoft (and their employees) is (are) doing this! Really appreciated! :)
  • Both!
  • cool!
  • Can we ask about windows phone 10?????
  • There won't be Windows Phone 10...
  • Already too late. XD
  • This you see is what I love about Microsoft.
  • congratulations
  • Holy crap, that's amazing! Welcome Microsoft employees!
  • What no MVP'S
  • Would you rather MVPs or actual Microsoft Engineers?
  • Amazing.. Microsoft isn't cool? Here is proof that it is becoming the coolest.
  • Anyone that says MSFT isn't cool is immediately suspect of being very uncool.
  • It's not cool to spend two hours looking for workarounds and doing rollbacks every week because the latest update made stuff stop working.
  • So they won't tell us ANYTHING about unreleased products? How about Windows 10 on phones? :)
  • Tell them what you wanna see in W10 like me I want to receive calls n text on my laptop/tablet when my phone is connected through Bluetooth.
  • Now that is actually a cool idea I think. Would be cool to pair my devices by using the NFC tag in my Loading station.
  • I too miss that feature from webOS...
    I also am interested if closing an application will be consolidated between desktop and phone. Pulling down on my PC to close and flicking up on my phone is just stupid. How about the whole "one" concept in daily use being implemented
  • What do you mean by pulling up? You need to pull down to close. Maybe you are pushing the Windows home button when pulling up and that's why it's "closing" hold down the back key and you will get a list of open apps pull down to close
  • Happy to be here with all of you! You may have already found me posting in the Windows Central tech preview forums, and if you want to get in touch directly, feel free to tweet at me as well!
  • We all are more than happy to welcome you guys in our little Ms community.... :)
  • Hey there. I have been rather bitter about Windows 8 on the desktop, because I feel like very obvious principles of UI design have been ignored. I have a detailed list of what I think is wrong with Windows 8 (8.1) and even Windows 10 (I know it's a preview but I sure hope you guys make A LOT of changes to the UI). So where can I discuss this list with you guys? I must add that I've been thinking about ways of getting in touch with you for a long time now, with no success. Even tried to talk to some Microsoft people who came to present Microsoft's roadmap to CitiBank, Canada, with no success (they weren't connected to you guys). I also have extensive experience in UI design and...I guess what I am trying to say is that this is VERY serious to me...I really need to have a chat with you guys. Please advise. Thanks. P.S. Twitter won't work, this is so important (to me) that I'll need 10, 15 minutes of your time if it's possible.
  • Yes please
  • Hey Agent, love your passion!  One thing to please please please keep in mind with the tech preview so far, is UI design is FAR from final.  Much will change between the current state of the preview and when we finally ship, so I hope you won't be too bitter :)
  • Giffdev, PM AgentTheGreat. He may have valid points. Since the preview is far from done as you say, what can it hurt?
  • Thanks for the response and appreciation of my passion :) I understand the UI is far from finished. I am going to give you the list anyway just to be sure I've done my part. I believe the problem with Windows 8 was inconsistency in design (as many others have noted). Let's start from the bottom left of the desktop and move right: -The Start button is flat and it changes color from taskbar's color to black when hovered. -The program buttons still maintain Aero effects (light) when hovered or clicked. -The Start menu already has a search box (which has to be enhanced by Cortana) but now there is another search button that WILL lead to confusion. -Clicking icons on the notification area usually brings up a small window (more notification items, Action Center, Power, Volume, Date and Time) and yet, clicking Network brings up a totally irrelevant slab of solid color with "checkboxes" that have the Modern look (talking about the Airplane Mode slider) and have nothing to do with the look and feel of the desktop, also - and this is VERY important - LESS FUNTIONALITY! Right clicking networks doesn't give us any options like it did with Windows 7 (Disconnect, Status, Properties). Where did the "Manage Wireless Networks" go? Now there is no access to security properties of networks I have already connected to. And seriously, why was the "Create AdHoc Network" removed? -Language bar: has the "Modern" style on the desktop. Again, you can see the unpleasant duality and schism that makes you feel like people just stuck stuff together with no thought -The taskbar is half transparent, window title bars and borders are solid color. -If you choose a dark color for the taskbar and window borders, you can't read the title text (remember how on Windows 7 it looked like the title is "etched" on the "glass" so the title was always legible no matter what color you chose? THAT felt like somebody had thought things through; that's what's missing in newer Windows versions: attention to details) These are the few things I had to mention. I am sure you notice that none of these issues existed in Windows 7's UI and how consistent Windows 7 is in this regard, as if it had a single designer thinking out the whole UI. I am not going to go into details on Windows RT's fate due ONLY TO BAD PR AND NAME SELECTION that led to people talking about the useless Chromebooks when RT can beat the crap out of them in the first 3 seconds of the match (you can see I'm letting out a lot of bottled up desparation!)... I'll just control myself and wait for your response!
  • I read your post. Hopefully someone who can do something about will ..do something about it. However, UI design is an art form not just a science. That being said, artists can be finicky about being told something else may be better.
  • I agree to all these UI points. They are valid.
  • I can't...can't let it go. Here is what should be done about RT: RT is a direct competitor to Chrome, but a hugely superior product. First change the name to Windows Light or Lite (although this is before your move to 1 Windows, things might need tuning here) to let people know what this is supposed to do; that it won't run classic programs beyond the desktop to avoid confusion/ Then, don't allow CPU architecture dictate the end product. Create an x86 Windows Lite and make it free for ALL screen sizes. Charge for laptop and desktop verisons of all sizes. Here is what happens: you'll have a much more functional version of Windows for tablets and cheap "laptops" (if you can call Chromebooks laptops) that do A WHOLE LOT more compared to the competition and make Chromebooks irrelevant (the only thing these reviewers say abou them is how "hassle free" they are; of course! they do nothing! You gotta own a Surface RT or 2 to know what "fast and hassle free" means, and you can FRIGGIN DO POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS AND PRINT DOCUMENTS WITH THEM!) Phew. I'm gonna leave it at that for now. Thank goodness you guys came here. Finally someone to talk to!
  • Windows RT is being replaced by Windows 10 for Arm devices (current RT and WP) if I am not mistaken. So don't worry about that :)
  • I love my lumia 1520. I love the look of a 2520. Are you saying I wouldn't go wrong getting one? I wouldn't expect, nor even try, to parallel desktop experience on it, just use it for tablety stuff.
  • Then you'd own the most capable tablet experience you can get today. You won't believe how capable RT is especially in the office. I have a Surface 2 (that replaced my Surface RT) and actually I'd recommend it over 2520 just because of the kickstand. Once you own a tablet with a built-in kickstand you can't go back to an iPad, for example. It's the same with "double tap to wake" because once you get used to the convenience of this small thing, it just feels ridiculous to pay for a phone that doesn't have it!
  • Thank you for being here and thanks for the time you're putting in this, in advance. Hopefully this will be very useful for everyone.
  • Welcome from Dominican republic :D. What can you guys tell us about the minor changes or details for W10 for mobile devices.
  • This is just.. wow! Our voices will def be heard now.
  • Welcome
  • Welcome to you all. Thanks for being here!
  • Welcome!
  • Cool!
  • This is going to be great!
    I wonder if they've been there reading all along....hmmmm
  • I've always said Microsoft reads comments here ;)
  • Yup. But now its officially official. :)
  • Is that the reason you guys have become the official cheerleaders to Microsoft.
  • Just official cheerleaders of your mom (rimshot)
  • I know I have been a longtime reader ;)
  • This is part of my daily morning routine
  • They have to be prepared to get the question "when in India?". :)
  • You baddest guy. Well, I hope they are prepared to help transfer my seized inheritance from the central bank of Goodluck Jonasatan. Baba Ilaje lo ng ki gbogbo yin o.
  • Please stop. Your making us look bad.
  • Emi mimo ooo kabo
  • LOL
  • Welcome to windows central MScrew
  • MScrew...take another look at that word.
  • M-Screw? Haha..
    Windows Central => WC
  • Almost as bad as XBone
  • Welcome!
  • Very very awesome indeed.. Welcome.
  • WCentral is moving up in the world I see.
  • +830. Nice going Windows Central and welcome MSFT Team.
  • Cool welcome guys
  • Welcome MS employees.. I pray we don't burn you out. :-) have fun on our forums.
  • This is great..
  • Cool!
  • Bienvenidos "we ask you to not barrage the representatives from Microsoft" hehe heee
  • Gracias!
  • This is great! Welcome!
  • Welcome great minds
  • Very cool! That's GREAT customer response by MS, great work
  • Welcome aboard... Good luck :-) you're gonna need it...
  • +920
  • Welcome, welcome everyone! This is very exciting news, and we're happy to have you in our Windows Central family (just know we have some nuts, like any family, lol).
  • Just some? ;)
  • Nice!
  • Awesome!!!! Glad to see them listening to our feedback. Especially Gabe and Ellen. Very passionate people. :)
  • All of the names in this list are quite passionate, and we're here to get your feedback :)  Ellen and I have been working together for quite some time, and her ability to reach out to you all regarding music and videos has been great and now we're happy to be able to reach out to you across all facets of Windows 10 :)
  • If there is one thing I want is Making and receiving calls and text on my W10 tablet or laptop when my W10 phone is connected to either one through Bluetooth LE. Please make it happen thanks, You are most welcome.
  • Welcome, guys. Glad to have you with us.
  • This is the right way to send the "we care" message. I hope that it'll get even better when stuff start to materialize. Welcome and keep morale high.
  • Kill it with fire! hmm Last windows 10 insider program survey... had a list of sites, and they didn't have Windows Central. it was about where you would find information about windows? or whatever. so I though maybe Windows Central wasn't in Microsoft radar...  I was curious becuase alot of crappy sites were there, like zdnet and techradar and just other stupid sites with many idiots as writers or stupid commenters. but we know we like Daniel Rubino too much to leave this site. anyway I wrote Windows Central in "others". Cool story no? ^_________^ but yeah it's cool forums can be helpful now if guys from Microsoft are there.
  • I also wrote Windows Central in "Others" :)
  • Same :)
  • Everyone did. Probably even Microsoft.
  • Good feedback. I will ask that it be added in the future. I think I may have a little influence...  
  • +1520
  • https://windows.uservoice.com/forums/265757-windows-feature-suggestions/...
  • Welcome! Thanks for all the continuous hard work! Really appreciated! Looking forward to the WP Windows 10 preview GabeAul!
  • Thanks for joining us!
  • Very cool indeed, welcome guys n gals
  • Great to have them here!
  • Seems faster.
  • +920 ;)
  • Lol
  • xD
  • Nice.
  • Awesome! Screw T*m W*rr*n and the Verge. People should quit that ifanboi site and gather around here if they haven't already.
  • People still use the verge? Most people I know are back on Engadget lol
  • While I don't really like how they give scores to most Microsoft products, it's always good to know the other point of view.
  • Very nice!
  • That's really great! Wow!
  • Wooowww really awesome can give a real feedback! :)
  • Thanks for the warm welcome! :) Glad to be here.
  • :):)
  • Welcome and thanks for participating!
  • Welcome! We love and appreciate the work you guys do. #Lumia!
  • Someone ask them about here drive freezing issues!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Point them to that thread on the forum!
  • HERE products aren't developed by Microsoft...
  • Welcome aboard!
  • Excellent. MS reps, any chance we'll see improvements on Xbox music to bring it up-to-par with some of the best features Zune? At least to me music on my phone was very important. Currently the problem I'm having is the app shutting down when using the volume rocker to skip songs while on Bluetooth and using here drive. Thanks in advance for providing any feedback on this and my bad if I'm bringing this in the wrong forum. Cheers and welcome.
  • Ellen works on the music app! Thanks for letting us know about your crashes and we'll follow up if we need more info
  • Oh yeah, I think I recall Ellen in the comments for the music app. She was very helpful and always eager to help. She has her work cut out for her, but she was very encouraging.
  • Ya...same problem here too...frequent crashes in the music app...can you please pass the message on to Ellen??
  • I'm all over it. In the last update for the Music app on the phone, we included fixes for thirteen "unexpected app exits". On to the next!
  • Hopefully Monday. Enjoy the weekend. We've been expressing our discontent about our Zune-less lives for so long and in so many colorful ways w/MS apparently not listening that 2 more days doesn't matter much any more. I for one I'm glad and hopeful that soon our experience with XBoxM will be equal if not better than Zune w/win10 now that we know we matter as customers and we're being listened to. Thanks for all the work you've done as well for all the work you'll face head on in the near future. There are very smart people in this community that can better express/articulate the various bugs and features that we feel could be sharpened better than I ever could. Thanks again and welcome to our community. Gracias!
  • One thing you can do to help us get there is to be more specific when requesting features. Saying parity with Zune sends a clear message but it isn't terribly actionable. Which feature do you miss most? The social? Collection management? The beloved hearts? Vote here: https://xboxmusic.uservoice.com/ Issues/bugs are something entirely different. Monitoring telemetry and fixing issues as they come up is ongoing...you'll see us mention those fixes in the release notes we post to User Voice. If something is broken, yell loud enough for me to hear you. :)
  • Hi Ellen Here are three:
    1) lets call it Bluetooth connectivity
    2) searching for albums/song is a pain. Currently if you search for lets say "Mortal Kombat", you'd get a mixed list with generally the same name, which forces a user to really dig one by one to figure out if the result we're looking at is a song or an album. The Zune software did a good job by showing you diff types of results, which included collection, market place songs or titles. I think it even had a result category for soundtracks.
    3) Not sure if you're still the same person working on this, but by far the Zune PC software is the feature one I miss the most. To use the new software one has to know a bit about how programs work, and unfortunately that's not the bulk of the population. Thanks,
  • Just realized you provided a link.  Excuse the long repy below yours. thanks again,
  • This is the feature I would love most for the Music app :-) http://xboxmusic.uservoice.com/forums/209733-xbox-music-feature-suggesti...   More than 5 months old as of now with 1198 votes :-( If possible, please work fast on this :-)
  • I am commenting here to just say congrats to you for your work on Xbox music :-) one happy Xbox music user here... Wireless sync in Xbox music is the only thing I miss. I will vote for it in the user voice :-)
  • We really need to be nice. Devs, please realize we can be mean spirited, but that is because we are passionate and some regret MS'S decision to lop off Xbox music and people hubs, turning them into apps.
  • Welcome. I look forward to engaging with you about the future of windows.
  • All hail Gabe
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64Qq31ucGy0
  • +[insert lumia model here]
  • Excellent! Glad to see the Microsoft folks participating. I'm sure I wasn't the only one who suggested this. Daniel, glad to see you guys at Windows Central listening to your readers...great work!
  • So when does Microsoft officially take over as owners of this site? ;)
  • Wouldn't hurt.
  • When will you introduce windows 10 on Windows phone
  • Likely at Mobile World Congress (Jan 2-5).
  • Welcome!
  • My man, from tmo, right?
  • Nicely done Windows Central.  Damn I love this site.
  • Pretty awesome! Welcome to WindowsCentral!!!
  • Lol Daniel is like "now don't embarrass us"
  • My wife says the same thing before we go to town lol
  • lol, yup!
  • Welcome to the vole employees. Lol jk Microsoft!!!!
  • Welcome! :D
  • Can you give some examples of any enhancements of computer-windows phone integration with Windows 10?
  • Firing my first question, when is windows 10 for phones arriving?
  • Next year :-P
  • Nice, welcome guys, thanks for being here!
  • Its great and a small way to make loyal fans feel Microsoft actually listens .although they are bringing everything on other platform first.Let the community guide and make Windows 10 on PC,TABLETS,MOBILE best
  • Thats awesome, welcome!
  • Welcome everyone and thank you for taking this extra step and listening more directly to feedback, much appreciated.
  • Cool stuff. I love Windows Central. Y'all are a part of my daily routine.
  • Please add Swype keyboard to tablets!!! Windows phone spoiled me. Thank you.
  • Actually, I think it's called "word flow". Lol, copyright issues with using the other name. ;)
  • I second that.
  • Very cool! Welcome!
  • Windows central can officially separate itself from iMore, android central, and blackberrycentral. Were a bigger community now than all those combined
  • This is the recognition of the growth of WindowsCentral. Congratulations and welcome!
  • Good news! Now let me find my Uservoice suggestions and upvotes and repost them
  • Nice job WinCentral. Nice job. Keep it classy.
  • It's great to see how Microsoft is getting closer to its users. Microsoft is no longer a company that build a OS like "I do, you use". Today, their philosophy seems to be "we do together the better system". This philosophy is being actually applied and can be perceived in the construction of the system of the Xbox, which each month we get updates based on the needs and requests of users. This new philosophy seems to be, above all, the solution that will keep Microsoft alive for long years.
  • Always great to have a bridge between users and the people behind the magic! Shout out from XboxMVP SG!
  • Bravo! Excellent move!
  • Welcome aboard!
  • I am very happy to know that my voice is heard and the company I chose appreciates me.
    I have been a loyal WP user and fan from many ways.
    Now I see the major missing features as I am a medical student for me as follows:
    1 - There is a large shortage in the medical applications. When I see a post anywhere about a medical application I knew already that my beloved device won't have it. I am sure that other specialties have the same problem.
    That's one of the reasons that I don't recommend WP for my colleagues instead of my passion and interest.
    I will try to collect a list of medical applications and search for their developers from other platforms and I think you can take it from there.
    2 - Wi-Fi direct should be implemented into the OS for rapid sharing. Sometimes I need to share a 500 MB HD video for a lecture or 50 photos for something and Bluetooth is not the right solution.
    Easy transfer application made me happy (respect for the developers) but I think we deserve better implementation inside the OS for Wi-Fi direct function.
    3 - There is no official voice recorder. And other recorders can't run in background, except pocket recorder app *TM*. This application went into an issue after preview for developers update , so it can't save recording to phone storage.
    So I can't record lectures properly or send my recorded ones to my friends or colleagues
    Those are the major problems I am facing that are affecting me as a student.
    The only real life drawback for me is there is no real multitasking, if I am in Facebook or WhatsApp and uploading 20 or 30 photos I have to stay in app or my upload will be suspended.
    I always tell my friends that Microsoft made making profits , improving technology and customer satisfaction at the same time ( though it is impossible )seem to be very easy.
    Keep the hard work .
  • Just finished my Ph.D.. Also, I am a radiologic technologist educated to a master degree. I know what you mean regarding the apps.
  • Congrats Dr. Peg Leg ;-)
  • Cool! Does that mean the forum ambassadors can take the rest of the month off? ;)   I'm kidding...
  • Great news but let's not forget that feedback alone doesn't really lead to innovation. I'm honestly a bit worried about Windows 10. All we know so far is that there were some really bad decisions made already. They wanted to kill the Charms bar, users didn't liked that. They put buttons on the Task Bar, users didn't wanted this. They changed OneDrive sync behavior, people freaked out. And if I look closely to the Continuum video mockup, I get a very bad feeling: A persistent Task Bar with a back button?
    Listening and reacting to feedback is awesome but can't replace great ideas and an understanding what people really want.
    I still believe in the core vision behind Windows 8 but have the feeling that version 10 will become Windows 7 with a touch mode.
  • Wow great thanks wc & Daniel... Welcome ms to wc....
  • Wow this is really amazing
  • Hey \o welcome to our forums :)
  • Welcome Engineers and thank you to Daniel and the team at Windows Central. A truly inspiring initiative to help chart the course of Windows 10.  
  • GaBe Aul. Totally thought that picture was of Will Sasso from SNL and the 3 Stooges Movie. That's a good thing :D
  • This is awesome!  Windows Central has been my favorite site for a while now.  It's rare I don't stop by here at least a couple of times a day.  Intelligent content and a great community, and now it gets even better with Microsoft employees having a more visible presence!
  • Welcome....
  • Awesome man!! Good job windows central.. :)
  • Welcome everyone. This is great news as I would like to share a lot in regards to W10.
  • My first request to the engineers would be.. Pls make actionable live tiles in windows 10.. :D
  • This. I remember the leaked video about interactive live tiles. I hope that they will implement it into Windows 10 for PC and phones.
  • I feel so official now. Does this mean I have to get rid of the french bulldog avatar?!? :)
  • No. Just keep it. Were all a mess ourselves.
  • Use your Santa hat I made!
  • I'm glad to see this type of support :) Are we allowed to harass them about leaks for WP? JK :P
  • Hola, Saul!
  • This is amazing!
  • I am estatic at this move Daniel.  Much appreciated.  Very much appreciated.  Welcome Team!
  • The bulldog is fine Ms. Kilbourne. Hope the Xbox music app in Windows 10 for phones is a little more intuitive for first time users than its present state.
  • Which first run scenario isn't intuitive today?
  • From my interaction with new XBM users, syncing is the number one bugbear. Folks who are accustomed to the iTunes or even Zune experiences, are completely baffled by their inability to create playlists with metadata intact from their own collections. I've seen this topic beaten to death in your forums, so you would of course be aware of user frustrations. I really hope your team can improve the experience, because it appears to be a deal breaker in attracting or even keeping phone users interested in the platform.
  • Needs more women Satya
  • Don't start that shit.
  • He's the man behind windows 10!
  • Great initiative..
  • This is extremely cool!
  • This is really amazing, no other company would ever do that :). 
  • Hello MS crew, Calculator - you calculator does not compute properly in portrait (wp) also since Windows 95 the issue has been recurring. Bracket of division multiplication addition subtraction (BODMAS) or other logic does not apply to the calcutor in standard view. E.g. 1+2/2 =2; however your calculator gives 1.5. It gives the correct answer in landscape for the phone and scientific view. In these modes the calculator does not compute as commands are entered. Memory is no longer an issue compared to the HP that landed on the moon!
  • Because that is how everyone in the world who has ever used a handheld calculator expects it to behave. A calculator applies an operation to two numbers. A scientific calculator lets you enter a formula or complex expression.
  • Woot!
  • If any one read this of Microsoft devs please add Wi-Fi direct , a flashlight built in the OS , PICTURE password , interactive live tiles
    More camera features in all phones not just the high ends
    Video recording at 60 , 120 ,240 FBS
    Add more choice in action center not just 4 or 5 and make it slide left and right
    In Windows 10 for phones :) especially picture password is so important
    Additions:
    Clash of clans game is much needed !
    MKV support for video app in WP
    Calling feature in facebook messenger
    Video calling in viber
  • Much more innovative notification center
  • USB OTG , Bluetooth HID and Wifi direct with the ability to send any file and apps locally from one phone or tablet to the other like flash share. It helps In third world country where internet is not fast every where or expensive. Windows fan all the way from Nigeria.
  • Micheal you're awesome I forgot about those , I'm having troubles with posting this in a forum , can you please post them?
  • @yahia_malkawi: Video recording at 60-120-240 fps. Yes!
  • Yup , much needed !
    Weven, is there a specific forum to suggestions? Cuz I can't find it
  • Excel support for Linux systems would be fantastic. And I do understand that that was completely off topic. ... Also, welcome!
  • So all this fancy hardware I bought and used for Aero on Win7, will I ever see it fully utilized again?
  • Welcome! Hope you don't experience battle fatigue too soon... ;-)
  • Why do I have no access to those traditional free windows games if I logon with my local account on windows 10?
    we need real multitasking on WP10, right now I can't use the torch and another application at the same time, just like in the dark.
  • Where is YouTube app
  • Ask Google :edit try MyTube while you are at it
  • There are plenty of them in the store! And please stay on topic.
  • Officially Official
  • Welcome guys! Your presence here is much appreciated! And now I must resist the urge to ask about the Surface Pro 4 :)
  • I wish I worked at Microsoft or windows central.
  • Truly great of you all to join us! I've only lightly tinkered with Windows 10 in a virtual environment which is never best. I hope to help out, if I get more time with it. I may put it on a new video editing PC as the main OS, but these are my babies and I don't wanna take chances with gumming things up. I'm not the most skilled with building machines and adding/removing OSes.
  • Yea boy! Now which one is the engineer assisting with W10 for phone? Point him out!
  • As long as people are talking about the Calculator, can I ask for an enhancement???  Can we eventually get a "10-Key" mode for the default calculator app?  The mode should work like a Sharp desktop calculator that one can pick up at Staples.  This would be really useful for businesses, as most desktop office computers are growing monitors, wiping out all the desktop space a calculator would normally use. Thanks for your consideration in advance.
  • MS please fix the Windows Store "SEARCH" it never finds what Im looking for especially newer apps.
  • Welcome Microsoft employees. These forums have been so enlightening for me since I found this site about six month ago. Great passionate people with advice and opinions about Microsofts devises and softwear. Even though alot of people didn't like 8 I love it. Sure there was a learning curve but once you figure it out the UI is a joy to use. I rarely use the desktop anymore. With the metro screen and using hot keys it is very fast to get tasks done quickly Windows 10 1. Add button to switch between new start screen and the metro start from 8 2. Tweak the appearance of some of the old  apps like "File Explorer". All those windows seem so dated after seeing new windows like "Settings" from the metro UI. Don't change any of the functionality just the look. The new icons are just ok. 3,Add a tutorial emulator baked into the UI, Witch can be turned on or off. I can't tell you how many hours I spent watching You tube videos on how to use 8. Some of the best features were hidden. 4.3D live tiles boxes instead of flat tiles and just more 3D depth in the entire UI. 5.Don't get rid of the charms bar. 6. Love the new task view and multiple desktops. Make a button on the start screen to show my stored favorite desktops. 7. Love the notifacations.Would like to do anything on my Desktop that i do with my phone. 8.Open Cortana without having to press any button; either on my phone or desktop. 9.Please start making apps that have more features. Look at the difference between Newegg app and there web site.  Maybe ok for the phone but not desktop. I'm a novice computer user and just got my first smart phone last June. Lumia 920. Thanks for our input Good luck with 10 we are are all pulling for you to make Windows relevent agin.          
  • Awesome, you guys are like rockstars to us!
  • Nice!
  • Gay Ball? Really?
  • Welcome!
  • Welcome! Unfortunately people will invariably inundate them with off topic questions lol...
  • Really happy about this collaboration. Hopefully this leads to fruitful discussions, increased productivity, and the implementation of improvements for Microsoft services as a whole. Welcome aboard Microsoft employees! 
  • The name "Windows Central" is finally paying off. 
    Welcome mates. 
  • Great!
  • Hi to Microsoft pals.my issue is on making live folder,It can be difficult to add a folder,it jumps this way and that but not into the folder
  • Sweet! Talk about a leg up for Windows and Microsoft Mobile fans! WC gets better and better! A hardy welcome to the Microsoft tech people!
  • Microsoft doesn't care about Windows Phone this shuts them up. Lol January 21 on my mind.
  • Wow! Very nice! Quite the coup!
  • welcome Microsoft guys and gals!
  • IE app needs a home button and better way of organizing favorites. Feels too primitive as it is now.
  • Welcome Microsoft Engineers!!!
    Hope you enjoy here as much as we do!!!
  • which windows 10 (computer or windows phone?) computer: Could microsoft invest more on improving the stylus writing experience? It is currently good, but could be far better. Currently ink-to-text recognition is only 85-95% accurate with normal handwriting (with which I mean it recognizes less legible handwriting ever better, but not quite there yet). Secondly the ink pad, which has been here for the past 10 years, is becoming much too constrained. I would like to write more  than two lines at a time in a natural way, like on a piece of paper. I begin at the top of the screen, not the bottom. There are already a few apps in the windows store that already provide an IN-LINE ink to text recogniton, such as myscript mobile, YouNote and PhatPad. This is a far better writing and ink-to-text recognition experience that I am missing in my line of work. I think if this could be applied to onenote and natively to the OS to all textfields (such as search bars, notetaking apps etc) this could vastly improve the stylus experience and make windows 10 the OS to beat, even in reagard to windows 8.1. The stylus was an important advertised feature for windows 8.1 and the surface line. It didnt get the love and functionality it deserved, because the use of the stylus was only limited to a funtion device, not as much a writing device. I hope microsoft considers adressing the missing issues with the stylus use. Please ask me for more ideas on this part. I have quite a few. The function of writing and painting and using ink to text recognition was the reason I fell in love with windows 8.1 and the surface. I think windows 10 would be an awesome OS then!   As for windows 10 for windows phone: will bluetooth HID support for bluetooth keyboards return? I would just love to use it again on my lumia 1520 with office mobile, just like back in the day we could do this with windows mobile.
  • I can't find a specific forum to tell you about my ideas
    Even though ill post it here
    If any one read this of Microsoft devs please add Wi-Fi direct , a flashlight built in the OS , PICTURE password , interactive live tiles
    More camera features in all phones not just the high ends
    Video recording at 60 , 120 ,240 FBS
    Add more choice in action center not just 4 or 5 and make it slide left and right
    I repeat picture password is so important
    USB OTG
    Replyable notifications in action center
    Stop and play music in action center
    Make background also active wherever you go in your phone
    Arrange settings and search settings
    Any downloading process goes to action center and you can exit the file or whatever you are downloading and it goes straight to action center
    bluetooth HID
    Portrait mode when action center is opened
    And that annotying moment when you want to turn off Wi-Fi from the action center it takes you to Wi-Fi settings , that is so much annoying
    App Additions:
    Clash of clans game is much needed !
    MKV support for video app in WP
    Calling feature in facebook messenger
    Video calling in viber
    In Windows 10 for phones :)
    Those must be in windows 10 for phones
  • Superb.. We need all those
  • I know , I've been keeping and writing those since I got my phone
  • This is great ! Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android
  • That's fantastic, the greater the OEM presence and the closer / more connected they are to the ground the more accurate and their feedback will be. Welcome to you all!!
  • There are many here. We are just hiding!!
  • Very welcome...but where in the app we can discuss about these??
  • Welcome :D
  • This is nice. Windows 10 is awesome but sometimes support is needed as it is a Technical Preview.
  • Very cool indeed. Welcome one and all! I think this is a great step forward for both Microsoft and Windows Central.
     
  • Wonderful! I'm really looking forward to Windows 10. As I have suggested already in the Insider feedback program, I still feel that there is a seperation between desktop and Modern apps. So I'm looking forward to some sort of live tile intergration into the desktop itself, or some sort of scrollable desktop or something, I donn't always like to have to got to the start screen just to see my live tiles.
  • Welcome. As WC is the only Microsoft news site I really use (as well as the Microsoft sites) this is great news.
  • Yes strings should be fixed somehow.. Most of them are not buying Lumia because of improper management of strings.. Add alphabets instead
  • love the community people at Window central and with MS engineer on board, it will be an awesome site.
  • Microsoft. I would love to have Picture password on my windows phone. It's a really cool feature which you guys created for the pc and tablets. But on the phone, it would be a completely different experience. Thanks :)
  • hi,   will cortana work with bluetooth ear set.
  • This is nice. I look forward to seeing info from the verified MS team.Considering thier roles, can we really expect anything that isn't public knowledge to be shared here though? I'm most interested in knowing if there's something in the works to give us an option to use the old (current) OneDrive placeholder method. With the amount of data I have on OneDrive, and rely on for my Venue 8 Pro, the local sync requirement is no good. Understanding there has to be some concession for users who didn't understand the difference, why can't we have an option? Even if it's not default, there are many of us (#1 on uservoice right now) who want this back. I had Win10 on my Surface Pro and promptly went back to Win8.1 after this change was made. The OS is great and I had no problems with the quirks that come with running pre-release sofftware but that one change and the explaination that followed really have me questioning if I'm going to make this change. We just got massive amounts of storage on OneDrive and a week to after I migrated nearly a TB of stuff out there, this happend.
  • welcome guys ;)
  • Is this the equivalent of being exiled to work at a radar outpost in Alaska? Security guard...in Siberia? Good luck, hahaha!  ;)
  • MSFT desperation to the max