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

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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...

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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: www.wpcentral.com/tags/sdk)

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!



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puredrive07 says:

I still think folders is a good idea for grouping similar apps.

Bushybro says:

+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!!

jdep1 says:

+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.

jdep1 says:

Oh and support for landscape on the home screen

sholokov says:

Aren't hubs folders in wp8?

bt66 says:

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.

Bushybro says:

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.

Odog4ever says:

You might be on to something. Kinda like how you can use labels in Gmail or categories in Outlook.com 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.

astroXP says:

Is it? I thought the ability to resize live tiles was the answer for "folders"

Ordeith says:

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!

NIST says:

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.

dakken says:

I think a seperate list for downloaded apps would be useful and help cut down on the scrolling.

dakken says:

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.

chrisz5z says:

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.

Odog4ever says:

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.

dakken says:

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

dkp23 says:

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. 

hwangeruk says:

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 :)

jdep1 says:

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.

Whodaboss says:

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? 

schlubadub says:

Put your pics in Albums? The functionality is already there

hancoUK1 says:

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.

waazzupppp says:

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.

TonyDedrick says:

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.

dreamcaster says:

folders for sure, but i think a notification center is a number 1 must.

ZuNuKoo says:

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.

rocky459 says:

what about WIZTILES , doesnt it solve grouping of tiles , yeah not exactly folders :D :D

Darkstar1756 says:

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..

Duffau says:

While I agree, I think the only default id change is YouTube.

Odog4ever says:

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...

nickengineer says:

Erm, I suggest your next device should be powered by the fruit or the robot, perhaps, thelastfoitet

pulkit10 says:

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.

stevethenerd says:

If you truly understood metro, you'd know why this will never happen.

hwangeruk says:

Exactly. We have to undo our wriing, and the need to file :)

Darkstar1756 says:

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

Jeff Kibuule says:

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.

Neusyn says:

I was thinking something more like professional resources section.

justop26 says:

I agree 100% I get lost looking for apps that may be useful while at the hospital.

Wyn6 says:

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.

Wyn6 says:

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 ;-)

dkp23 says:

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!

Eberstein says:

voice unlock would be nice

jchapman01 says:

Hell yeah!! Voice Print Recognition would be even better!

NIST says:

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.

Duffau says:

Ya but imagine typing in 8 characters everytime you want to unlock your phone, no thank you

NIST says:

Picture password

pfletcher7 says:

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. 

pfletcher7 says:

true.. sigh.. I digress

DavidinCT says:

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...

Duffau says:

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.

DavidinCT says:

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

rightisray says:

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.

caliborn says:

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.

dbgman says:

I have not seen any outlook sync for wp8 yet. It was definitely a bad thing in wp7.

stevethenerd says:

A cloud enable device will never get this feature...

ch1mmi says:

1. Notifications center
2. Photo password similar to windows 8
3. Folders
4. Universal search
5.Ability to creative playlists on the go

Ordeith says:

And sync those playlists with Windows 8 and the xBox

Duffau says:

You can already create playlist on the go. You simply add your music to now playing the save the playlist.

hwangeruk says:

I must be stoopid. I can see that on songs, but can never actually find the "now playing" playlist!

jagu says:

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.

psteve2005 says:

+1 for the first two.

ExcaliburII says:

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

ansans says:

Notification center

venom5150 says:

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. 

slkrck says:

Excellent idea! That happened to me today and would have been great to be able to do that!

procen says:

They have this on old Windows Mobile 6.5 and I like the function also.

bt66 says:

Yes. Palm or WebOS had this feature. Excellent idea.

skypirateDE says:

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.

mikeguinnes says:

+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....

Eberstein says:

+1 notifications/ closing aps with a flick

ZX9 says:

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.

Fludlyt says:

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.

Gatlyn says:

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.

TheRomit says:

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.

TheRomit says:

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).

bt66 says:

totally agree on these 3. Backup is a must.

blackprince says:

Yes on the capacitive buttons bit only during games for me.

apocacrux says:

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.

slkrck says:

How about a "Select All" option in mail? I hate having to check each individual one.

Glim12808 says:

+1 on this. And while they're at it, they should also include a "Delete all" for text messages.

Gatlyn says:

Yes to a delete all text messages option!

AdamUCF says:

Contracts (vis a vis Windows 8). Not sure how they left that out.
Native XAML. Windows 8 does it...

BobcatRidge says:

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.

migueltoro says:

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...

dbgman says:

I would like to see voice chat with Xbox live friends.

Duffau says:

+1 hadn't thought of that but great idea

addz77 says:

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

Cyruss1989 says:

Still laughing about the Smartphone Beta Test ads ;-)

ZX9 says:

Yeah. Kinda hypocritical, don't you think?

Cyruss1989 says:

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

addz77 says:

WP7 is beta for WP8. Hitler says so

foosball says:

Browser IE10: Text reflow.
Keyboard: Swype.

Pretty sure Text Reflow is an HTC patent, no?

foosball says:

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.

Duffau says:

Pretty sure Swype is a Google patent, no?

larspassic says:

The first device to run swype was a Windows Mobile device

Duffau says:

Why did MS let Android take (use) it? Shame

foosball says:

No. Its an app like anything else. Just need the keyboard API's from MS.

dre3ortiz says:

•Mass storage
•Lock screen widgets
•downloading files from web
I think these are some things that will attract and appeal to more people

Duffau says:

Didn't one of the leaks confirm mass storage? Or was that just for SD cards?

dre3ortiz says:

It was a possibility but not yet confirmed

SaviorXX9 says:

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 crAPPS...how are we supposed to know?

herndon76 says:

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).

TonyDedrick says:

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

Fludlyt says:

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.

bjax says:

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.

baileystein says:

Lol! Same thing I meant. I have the galaxy nexus and love the notification center and notification light.

baileystein says:

Lol! Same thing I meant. I have the galaxy nexus and love the notification center and notification light.

bt66 says:

This was WebOs feature to begin with.

baileystein says:

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

skypirateDE says:

right, Apple has siri, Android has Google Now but what does Windows phone 8 has?

wadijusay says:

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.)

Duffau says:

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.

Cyruss1989 says:

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 ;-)

Duffau says:

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.

Duffau says:

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.

kpayak says:

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. 

horbeme says:

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.

psteve2005 says:

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. :)

greg2k says:

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

djctz says:

BlackBerry days...

klynn says:

1) Ability to search calendar. 
2) Option to sync back up to one year's events in calendar
3) Universal search
4) Notifications center

kpayak says:

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.

glassadam says:

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.

Gary Tenney says:

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.

danielm298 says:

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...

Corepc says:

Is the Option in Calendar to Display the weather Temp, like how it is on the PC..?

Sam Sabri says:

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. 

Sam Sabri says:

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. 

bjax says:

Password protection for texts, pics, apps, etc. would have been next on my list after my top 3.

bt66 says:

Yes. agree 100%.

lippidp says:

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.

Duffau says:

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.

markk132 says:

messaging between windows phones built into the messages app.  basically, iMessage but for Windows Phones.

Cyruss1989 says:

Really? No one has a Windows Phone, how do you want to use it? A partnership with Whatsapp would be awesome though.

Ordeith says:

Messenger already works for that, also works between phone and PC, web, Xbox, etc.

Martinspire says:

But that basicly requires you to be online and normal messaging like whatsapp doesn't need that.

Ordeith says:

No it doesn't.  Messenger has worked offline for ages.

Cyruss1989 says:

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.

Cyruss1989 says:

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

Gatlyn says:

Oh, I hope Microsoft ports over all hardware-independent features. It's only fair to us loyal from the beginning.

jsayz says:

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.

migueltoro says:

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.

Ordeith says:

They should save the state of all the exited applications and just resume by default when apps are relaunched.

KooKiz says:

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

AllPhoneNews says:

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



larspassic says:

+1 - The OS should be better, so we use the apps less. Build on current strengths

Oh yes I agree +1

dubbin_irie says:

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.

caxa says:

 - 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?

Ordeith says:

I wish I could backup and restore the whole phone via skydrive

Duffau says:

The maps and message backups have been addressed I believe.

og-gq says:

Screen capture

etb#WN says:

  1. VPN (I have a corporate life)
  2. 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
  3. Tile Groups
  4. 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

pepsijosh says:

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

pulkit10 says:

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.

hbjoroy says:

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.

AllPhoneNews says:

Also i the mutlitasking swipe to close would be nice similar to WebOS and most new Androids.

Ordeith says:

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.

davebwi says:

1) notification center..for all different notifications..with reoeating alarms
2) seperate volum control levels for the different notifications
3). Repeat 1&2

migueltoro says:

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.

Fludlyt says:

I like these ideas, they sound much better.

bschiav says:

If you did that...how 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.

RawBee says:

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. 

TallPaul86 says:

- 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

fpostrow says:

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.

London Jr says:

I think the WebOS cards features need to be implemented into the OS such as swipe up to close and/or maybe grouping

myrandex says:

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

myrandex says:

Full backup capabilities at will with restore to a new device (including SMS)

bt66 says:

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.

briangk_77 says:

Separate volume options for ringer, speaker, headphones, etc

dakken says:

+1000 so much easier to set volumes for different functions.

Ordeith says:

Also could use a family ZunePass

recman76 says:

I know this isn't really a feature of the phone, but I would love to see this as well .

TimN_FL says:

  1. 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.
  2. Support for "Helper" apps like LastPass
  3. 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.
  4. VPN support
  5. 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

bjax says:

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.

theefman says:

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

flawless7 says:

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.

transis says:

1) Keyboard customizations (such as 5th row including numbers)
2) Folders
3) Integrated flip-to-silence feature

hallam555 says:

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 :(...so 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 :)

wadijusay says:

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.

Fludlyt says:

Agree completely with the sleep mode. Would be nice to set a time for when the music should stop.

vaultboy21 says:

1. classic start screen option (with gutter)

frostkist says:

* 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

cruisezero says:

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.

NIST says:

+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.

Gatlyn says:

I want the Zune screensaver too!

wadijusay says:

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).

kasuno says:

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.

Fludlyt says:

I agree with this. A slider will be a better idea.

Spacegho5t says:

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.

dukrem says:

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

skypirateDE says:

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.


Houdani says:

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

Bruno H says:

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 :-)

katakulli says:

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.

Fludlyt says:

+1 to all three points.

apocacrux says:

Oh yeaaa, that is soo annoying. WP8 better have the ability to lock app cards.

Dare2Blink says:

-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

Spacegho5t says:

Quick access to a Brightness slider would be great too.

Stanvx says:

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)

nam13 says:

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. 

kpayak says:

+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.

drummand says:

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.

JJohnson1701 says:

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.

Wiikinki says:

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)