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  1. Universal Search

    Pressing the hardware search button should bring up a universal search box which searches through everything on the phone.. apps, contacts, calendar, web, images, etc.

    2,673 votes
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      86 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Bring back contextual hardware search button

      Revert the change in Mango where the hardware search button always brings up Bing and is no longer contextual, or allow us to toggle this.

      1,416 votes
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        96 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Search Phone Content! Long press for Bing, short press for current app search. SMS,applist,calndr...

        Search Phone Content! Long press for Bing, short press for search in current app, sms, calendar, 3rd party,eliminates the need for on screen search button.

        571 votes
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          27 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 540 votes
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            33 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • bing vision

            When Cortana replaced the WP8 Search the bing vision shortcut disappeared. You now have to dig through camera and change the lens to get Bing Vision to scan bar codes and such. Please put a shortcut to Bing Vision either on the Cortana screen (next to the music search would be fine) or provide a mechanism to pin Bing Vision to the start.

            405 votes
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              14 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 266 votes
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                17 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Include Bing Rewards in WP8 Search Application!

                It's built into the W8 application, but somehow the WP8 Bing application didn't get this functionality. This is a poor oversight by Microsoft as 75-80% of my searching is done from my phone cutting out a good chunk of my Bing rewards each month. This has been suggested so many times yet nothing has been done about it, please make this happen Microsoft!

                225 votes
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                  4 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Press and Hold Search button

                  To avoid pressing the search button unmeant

                  223 votes
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                    6 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • other search machines than bing , like google !

                    many users prefers google , others yahoo etc , so the user can choose his search machine !

                    206 votes
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                      12 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • List of Nearby ATMs/Hospitals should be embedded into Bing Local Scout (Like eat+drink /shop)

                      It would be nice to have following categories embedded into Bing Local Scout (Like eat+drink /shop)
                      1) List Nearby ATMs
                      2) List Nearby Hospitals

                      133 votes
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                        12 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Local Scout Improvement outside US

                        Need much better support for Local Scout outside the US

                        129 votes
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                          21 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Searching Text Messages

                          I've heard this from several people already, they want the ability to search for old text messages that they've exchanged in the past.

                          120 votes
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                            8 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Hold search button for global phone search

                            Global search accessible by holding the search button. It could find people, mail, messages, calendar entries, music, apps, etc. on your phone.

                            101 votes
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                              9 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 84 votes
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                                2 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Change default search engine

                                Probably not going to happen, but it'd be really nice to default to Google instead of being forced to use Bing.

                                76 votes
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                                  5 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 76 votes
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                                    6 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Get rid of bing and make the search button customizable

                                    Not everyone is a bing fan.
                                    Google search is the best and should be an option for windows phone 8.The search.button should be totally customizable to the users preference.

                                    69 votes
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                                      2 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Search SMS

                                      Ability to search all text messages. This feature worked in Windows Mobile 6.0-6.5.

                                      52 votes
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                                        4 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • uyghur

                                        I hope your company launched earlier uygur language Microsoft operating system, WINDOWS PHONE and more APP web services

                                        41 votes
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                                        • Enable Bing Audio on all phones!

                                          That was a function that I was looking forward to, and now I'm not getting it!

                                          29 votes
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