Microsoft revealed a suggestion box customer feedback form on Wednesday for consumers to suggest features for the next version of Windows Phone.
The software giant is curating feedback from end users to record the most requested features for future versions of Windows Phone. “Here’s your chance to play engineer and possibly even influence the future of Windows Phone,” said Microsoft’s Michael Stroh in a blog post announcing the new feature.
The feedback will be recorded and publicly viewable for others to rate and comment on. “This is something I know many of you have been clamoring for,” admitted Stroh. “Suggestion Box not only lets you steer feedback directly to the folks who actually design and build Windows Phone—but also vote on and debate other people’s pet projects.” Microsoft is leaving the suggestion box open to anyone to provide feedback on Windows Phone. The company is moderating suggestions to keep them phone-related and presumably family friendly. “We’d prefer not to see your unpatented inventions, movie pitches, favorite pizza toppings, or strategies for jumpstarting the economy, “said Stroh jokingly.
Some of the most popular suggestions include:
- Enable all (bing)features for non US-countries
- Device Backup
- Turn-by-turn GPS
- Enable USB storage
- Swiping left from home screen should show list of missed text message notifications
- Allow pasting in the phone dialer
- Allow a simple flick upward to close applications in the multitasking view
Microsoft is already working on its next versions of Windows Phone. Tango is believed to be an interim release between Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” and the next-generation of Windows Phone, currently codenamed “Apollo.” There is reportedly two versions of Tango scheduled for release before Windows Phone “Apollo” is ready. Tango is allegedly designed with Nokia in mind and focused on lowering the price point for entry Windows Phone handsets. Windows Phone build 7.10.8200 was recently discovered in server side logs of a Windows Phone application. A screenshot, believed to be a Tango build, also leaked last month and demonstrated a new device search feature for Windows Phones.
If you’re interested in reaching out to Microsoft directly on the future of Windows Phone then here’s your chance. Simply visit the feature suggestions forum at Microsoft’s Windows Phone site.