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  1. More Personalization

    Please add an option for the user to decide whether he/she prefers to use the OS as it now is, or to use it with a "Byte of Changes":

    1. The following is problem from first day on (finger-crushing & risk-full from dropping the phone) for the right-handed (Lumia 1520 Users are totally serious). Add the option for the user to decide for him/her self if he/she prefers to use the magnifying-glass navigation-button with the function of the back-arrow navigation-button. The back-arrow-button will get to get the function of the magnifying-glass-button

    2. GSM or PC? As some are very used…

    52,198 votes
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      43 comments  ·  Improved Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Thanks for your personalization suggestions. Always great to see such great feedback and excitement about Windows Phone. 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 are some other great ideas? Keep those votes coming!

    • Advanced Options for Internet Explorer

      Please enable the following:

      1. Set an option in Internet Explorer Mobile for the user to choose for him/her self whether he/she prefers IE to automatically save recently viewed pages, so that if he/she returns to a visited page, he/she will not have to wait a new loading (make it so, so that the loading time is zero). When he/she closes the tab or IE, these save-files should be auto-deleted.

      2. When the user slides the screen to the right to return to page nr 1, we ask you to set IE, so that the opened page (page nr 2)…

      50,274 votes
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        29 comments  ·  Improved Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Thanks for this suggestion. Always great to see such great feedback and excitement about Internet Explorer. While we can’t promise to ship every suggestion that gets submitted, we will be sure that our product development team receives your feedback.

      • Office Mobile Black Theme

        we need to have the option for Office Mobile to be on a black background.

        Our main points are that:

        1. White pixels drain the battery without mercy. We are writing people, and we should have that always in mind (which is affecting what we are writing).

        2. Some say "With a black background it is easier to look at the screen".

        Sincerely,
        A Group of WP Users

        52,171 votes
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          29 comments  ·  Office Mobile  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Thanks for your suggestion. This is the kind of feedback we are looking for. We will be sure that our product development team receives your feedback. What’s another great idea?

        • Allow Existing Features to be Evergreen

          Here we ask You instead of removing EXISTING features, to add an option for them to be active or not, which option the user will decide for him/her self how to use (old/new).

          For example:

          1. Make some WP 8.0 features available again for the ones who prefer them.

          2. Remove only the most heavy (on memory insisting) features for further updates

          - -

          Bellow are the things that we most insist on, and we see the best solution to be so, that both User-Like-Cases are being covered.

          1. - WP 8.0 had a self-hiding task bar - now, a…

          50,484 votes
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            23 comments  ·  Improved Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Keep the "Spartan" address bar at the bottom

            During the 01/21/15 event, we had the chance to see what looked like the new browser Sspartan'.

            Seems very good, but for phones, move the address bar to the bottom, especially for phablet phones.

            It's one of the best thing on IE mobile versus Chrome/Safari, don't change it

            13,906 votes
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              230 comments  ·  Internet Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Thanks for this helpful suggestion. This is the kind of feedback that we are looking from our customers. And 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 all the Menu/Navigation Buttons at the bottom in Windows 10 for Phones

              In Windows 10 Demo, it seems the MS is moving all the Menu/Navigation Buttons to the top of the screen.
              I think that's a mistake, We need to keep these at the bottom of the screen , like the existing IE in the phones, to make it easy to use with one hand and also keep the original/innovative style take started with Windows Phone.

              11,328 votes
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                135 comments  ·  Operating System  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Don't get rid of rooms

                Please don't get rid of Rooms from the Windows Phone ecosystem.

                I found Rooms to be the epitome of WP - very personal, yet simple and uncluttered. It allowed me to achieve in a single interface what would require several apps on any other platform.

                And best of all? It allowed me to connect to the people I care about most in a genuinely better way than anything before it (and anything since).

                I hope that you reconsider and instead work to further the functionality, just take a look at some of the awesome suggestions and features that have been…

                5,400 votes
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                  373 comments  ·  People and Contacts  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Stick to Modern, don't copy Android

                  Last example of Android-ish design creeping to Windows Phone is OneDrive app. You should stick to Modern design with beautiful Pivot and Hub controls.

                  15,951 votes
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                    323 comments  ·  Applications  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Buttons to down, not use "hamburger"

                    Please, Microsoft: in Windows Phone 10 don't remove good WP's features - like:
                    (1) functional buttons on down of screen,
                    (2) use "...", not "hamburger",
                    (3) use phisical "back", not in "back" in App, in general,
                    (4) transparent tile.

                    They are four of WP's features, that make WP fun and usefull. If you think to add more Android/iOS version to help users from other platform, you must remember about people, who love WP - and allow them use WP with WP's best feature. So, dont remove these four WP's features, but you can give users (and developers) option to select…

                    5,198 votes
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                      58 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Ability to change default browser

                      Users should be able to change the default browser from IE to a third-party web browser, such as Surfy. The http and https protocol handlers would then be reallocated to that third-party browser so that tapping a link in another app would launch the third-party browser.

                      8,925 votes
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                        905 comments  ·  Internet Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Combine hamburger menu with pivot

                        The hamburger menu should be part of the pivot (or panorama) control.

                        How it would work:
                        - the "hamburger" icon is part of the pivot always the next item to the left side
                        - swipe trough pages as before
                        - if you swipe to the left the main menu opens

                        https://public.dm2302.livefilestore.com/y2p0EXsFReaY3rHP3Gew5Ctss_g7LjRrcTnWSAC0yWvDS1b2gYS4u-U2u_KTWUgGhOwLqzFLl9fYyxq_KX15Malo5234UqIzXfOxua6d4-2lATc1jX9Xco8uZgEFiwrXAw0/WP10-Zune-ey.jpg?psid=1

                        This enables:
                        - to keep the usability of current modern layout
                        - a universal "main" menu that can exist in every app on tablets, phones, desktops
                        - provide an overview of all pivot pages in a single list
                        - get access for app settings
                        - a familiar hint for…

                        3,107 votes
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                          49 comments  ·  Improved Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Glance screen peek mode to all handsets with proximity sensor

                          I totally understand that the Glance screen feature needs display memory, else it would cost a lot of battery power, especially with it's always on setting. But what's up with peek mode?

                          When you take out your phone from your pocket, you usually (more than 95% of the time) do it because you want to interact with your phone - check the time, check your notifications, or something more advanced, which you have to completely unlock your phone for.

                          This means for handsets without Glance screen that you wake up your phone anyway, so it wouldn't cost more battery to…

                          3,659 votes
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                            127 comments  ·  Improved Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Beautiful & Productive Universal design between Windows & Phone

                            http://www.theverge.com/2015/2/19/8069609/hamburgers-on-windows-a-possible-solution

                            Please consider this design. It makes use of Pivots, one of the best Modern UI elements, and "Hamburger menu", what's Windows 10 seems to feature) and makes it work together. While doing so, it also makes it look beautiful and clean.

                            Also can be found at Windows Uservoice: https://windows.uservoice.com/forums/265757-windows-feature-suggestions/suggestions/7119536-beautiful-productive-universal-design-between-wi

                            2,306 votes
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                              13 comments  ·  Improved Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Thanks for your design suggestion. Always great to see such great feedback. And 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?

                            • Branding should be named just Lumia. not Microsoft.

                              The Branding of the Microsoft phones should say Lumia in front not Microsoft. It looks really ugly and the name is too long. Lumia is just right and its a cool name.

                              9,902 votes
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                                873 comments  ·  Hardware  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 4,572 votes
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                                  156 comments  ·  Operating System  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Move navigation bar back to the bottom in Windows 10

                                  With the announcement of Windows 10, Microsoft also announced a new UI for phones which is more similar to the one on PCs and Tablets. I certainly like how it looks, but I have one problem with it: The new navigation bar at the top. I do not even mind having hamburger menus, but again, accessible from the bottom please. Phones are getting bigger and one handed use harder, so please bring back the old grey navigation bar with its circled icons at the bottom of the screen.

                                  2,056 votes
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                                    21 comments  ·  Operating System  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Please enable the following

                                    Please enable the following:

                                    1. When you receive a call, SMS or MMS, before it comes into action the ringer, Cortana could speak the name of who is calling you.

                                    2. Quantity: graphical password to log in with a favorite photo to windows phone, not sequence such as android but as password graphics Windows 8.1.

                                    https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=4C4AE824F7CF28D2!7772&authkey=!AOTKV4o0zTRscWY&v=3&ithint=photo%2cpng

                                    would be very useful to have this option on Windows Phone and it would be one thing more for the Cortana (that is growing ever more)

                                    cordial greetings,
                                    a italian group of users WP

                                    Sorry for my English

                                    1,141 votes
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                                      4 comments  ·  Operating System  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • windows10 should not copy android+ios, instead refine the metro design + keep pivot apps, swipe gestures, panorama apps AND no hamburger

                                      Windows 10 for mobile design shown by Microsoft was the worst ever! Microsoft just copied android, introduced hamburger menus, removed the pivot+panorama apps style, + swipe gestures to change screen of app, etc. It was plain ugly layout! Microsoft should not copy android instead improve windows phone and evolve metro design language, focus on text/typography, your core principles! + get better designers, i feel very sorry to say that Microsoft has very poor designers, why doesnt Microsoft hire some people who are making some great concepts for windows phone on internet!
                                      for e.g. see this link

                                      http://news.softpedia.com/news/New-Start-Screen-and-Interactive-Tiles-Show-Up-in-Windows-Phone-10-Concept-468834.shtml
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                                      1,563 votes
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                                        41 comments  ·  Improved Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                          4234 comments  ·  Improved Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          We continue to extend Cortana to other geographies and languages … with the latest update it will now be available in the UK and China, with regional support for Canada, Australia and India.

                                          Also, if you have specific suggestions for the Cortana software team, be sure to check out the Cortana Suggestion Box at:

                                          http://cortana.uservoice.com

                                        • we want aero action center on windows 10 (phone)

                                          add an aero action center to action center option.
                                          aero means like glass.
                                          this is more useful and more beautiful.

                                          1,183 votes
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