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  1. Add File Manager to Windows Phone

    Add File Manager to Windows Phone 8

    114,287 votes
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      4470 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 91,295 votes
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        1991 comments  ·  Improved Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Keep Cortana as the Name of the Personal Assistant - and Make Sure She Understands My Language

        I think its a very good idea to keep Cortana as the official name of the personal assistant that Microsoft is working on. I have seen a lot of positive comments around gaming news sites and tech news sites. People are actually willing to buy a Windows Phone if the Personal Assistant is named Cortana. Its a great marketing strategy.

        http://n4g.com/news/1352732/microsofts-own-next-generation-version-of-apples-siri-is-called-cortana

        Just look at all the positive reaction, People are getting excited about Windows Phone just because of this!

        This will be great for Windows Phone.

        85,585 votes
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          8549 comments  ·  Speech  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Store apps & attachments on external storage and improve/provide micro SD support

          Allow users to store apps & files (mail attachments, internet explorer downloaded files, etc.) on external storage such as microSD.

          69,696 votes
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            1571 comments  ·  Operating System  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 53,264 votes
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              439 comments  ·  Operating System  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Thanks for your notifications suggestion. Always great to see such great feedback and suggestions. While we can’t promise to ship every suggestion that gets submitted, we will be sure that our product development team receives your feedback. What’s another great idea? Keep those votes coming!

            • Battery Percentage at the status bar

              Hugely important, like in iOS or Android..

              42,960 votes
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                234 comments  ·  Power Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Thanks for your suggestion! Always great to see such great feedback and suggestions. While we can’t promise to ship every suggestion that gets submitted, we will be sure that our product development team receives your feedback. What’s your great idea? Keep those votes coming!

              • Under status bar, we need a shortcut to turn on/off connections and Internet sharing

                Under status bar, we need the ability to turn on or off the following (when specific icons are clicked) like in WM6.5 (this saves a whole lot of clicks):

                - WIFI
                - 3G (data connection)
                - Bluetooth
                - Internet sharing

                37,659 votes
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                  228 comments  ·  Improved Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Thanks for your shortcut suggestion. Always great to see such great feedback and excitement about this feature. While we can’t promise to ship every suggestion that gets submitted, we will be sure that our product development team receives your feedback. What’s your great idea? Keep those votes coming!

                • 36,564 votes
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                    799 comments  ·  Applications  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Blinking LED notification for Missed Calls Email SMS

                    Display a blinking LED notification when there are missed calls, voicemails, emails, text messages (SMS) etc waiting for you. Also, a blue LED when Bluetooth is on would be a great option. It enables the user to know something is awaiting is attention by just looking at it, without even picking up the phone. No more turning on Power to know what awaits you.

                    31,907 votes
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                      515 comments  ·  Improved Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Thanks for your missed calls suggestion. Always great to see such great feedback and excitement about this feature. While we can’t promise to ship every suggestion that gets submitted, we will be sure that our product development team receives your feedback. Keep those votes and suggestions coming!

                    • IE 10 Improvements

                      Examples of the missing functionality:

                      - Password support for the IE10
                      - Forward button for the IE10
                      - Text reflow for the IE10 so it automatically adjusts and reformats text for easy readability
                      - Ability to have at least two browser control buttons

                      28,769 votes
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                        340 comments  ·  Improved Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Please note that several of the suggestions in the original post (ringer volume, orientation lock, etc.) have already been suggested elsewhere and are actively being voted on, so this idea has been consolidated to focus on IE 10 improvements.

                        To work optimally suggestions should be for a single idea or feature, so if you would like, please reallocate your votes to other suggestions that you feel are most important to you.

                      • Adding Iran to supported countries

                        Iran is not supported by many Windows Phone 8 Feature and service, so please vote to add Iran and remove any service blocked for Iranian IP Address

                        25,195 votes
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                          3165 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 23,156 votes
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                            993 comments  ·  Security  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Swiping left from home screen should show list of missed text message notifications

                            I felt my phone vibrate in my pocket the other day. After I finished typing, I took it out, and the screen was off.
                            I turned it on. From the lock screen, I see no text message indicator, so I know I didn’t get a text.
                            I enter my pin, and the start screen appears.

                            There’s no obvious way to know what caused it to vibrate in the first place. Whatever toast it was, is now gone.
                            Was it facebook? Was it weatherbug notifying me that it was above 80 in seattle? I’ll never know.

                            It would be nice if…

                            22,747 votes
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                              418 comments  ·  Improved Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 21,809 votes
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                                644 comments  ·  Operating System  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Week view in Calendar

                                There needs to be a weekly view in Calendar where you can see what appointments you have on for the current week.

                                20,336 votes
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                                  254 comments  ·  Calendar  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • "Vibrate AND Ring" not "Vibrate then Ring"

                                  Let's make another option, becuse now it doesn't vibrate after the first two one. Continuous vibrating is a must have option for noisy environment.

                                  16,769 votes
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                                    346 comments  ·  Making and Receiving Calls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Continue to use Zune for media sync in WP

                                    The WP sync app/manual copy is inferior to Zune for syncing media. Return to Zune for syncing media, including playlists and play counts.

                                    16,118 votes
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                                      1006 comments  ·  Music + Videos  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Thanks for your suggestion. It’s always great to see such great feedback and excitement about this feature. While we can’t promise to ship every suggestion that gets submitted, we will be sure that our product development team receives your feedback. Keep those votes coming!

                                    • notification center with toasts on lockscreen

                                      notifications displayed in the lockscreen with a toasts displayed at the time of release by raising the background.
                                      notifications can also be called the center of the 2 main screens of Windows Phone 7 with a new button under the arrow to the right side.

                                      http://img687.imageshack.us/img687/6161/conceptnotifichecomplet.jpg

                                      This image was created by me (by Mrk360)

                                      15,834 votes
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                                        190 comments  ·  Update  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Thanks for your notification center suggestion. Always great to see such great feedback and excitement about this feature. While we can’t promise to ship every suggestion that gets submitted, we will be sure that our product development team receives your feedback. Keep those votes and suggestions coming!

                                      • Third party alarm app enhancements (custom sound & snooze time)

                                        In Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango), Microsoft gives developers the ability to create reliable alarms (Microsoft.Phone.Scheduler.Alarm) that always work regardless whether the app is active or not.

                                        However, there are a couple of major drawbacks.

                                        First, you can’t select stock ringtones or songs from your own music library for this alarm sound.

                                        Second, you can't change the duration of the snooze time.

                                        Sadly these problems remain in Windows Phone 8 (Apollo).

                                        Can we please have these fixed in the next phone update?

                                        14,463 votes
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                                          1113 comments  ·  Operating System  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Windows Phone's background can be replaced with a picture

                                          If used only black and white, can now be replaced with an image at will. Can be arranged in a way to settings > theme > change background > choose a picture

                                          Example :

                                          https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/977583_275021132643751_1358369890_o.jpg?dl=1

                                          13,329 votes
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                                            244 comments  ·  Operating System  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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