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UPDATE: Thank you for the tremendous response. Due to the swell of interest, we've achieved our recruiting goals for program and recruiting is now closed.
Want to help us improve Windows? You can opt-in (apply) to be invited into the Windows Feedback Program today! The Windows Feedback Program was created for us to enlist the help of customers who want to be more actively involved providing direct feedback to us. The program is invite-only and only available for customers in the US. We are actively seeking volunteers who are using Windows 7 or the Windows 8 Consumer Preview to participate. The program is not a way to submit bugs for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, but rather a way to help us build better software by getting a broader understanding of your perceptions and experiences with our products.
Click here to apply for the Windows Feedback Program!
Customers who are invited into the program can choose to provide feedback in two ways: through surveys or automatically by installing a special client on their PC that collects data.
Customers who get invited and participate (through sending us data or filling our surveys) for more than 4 months will be eligible for free software and Xbox games such as Microsoft Office 2010, Kinect Disneyland, and Forza Motorsport 4.
> only available for customers in the US
Well, that's an obvious shame. As usual.
Would be nice to allow non US residents.. if is because the gifts, then no problem, i don't mind, still want to join
Thanks Brandon for the post, it’s good to see these types of opportunities continually being offered.
The outcome result of the last consumer feedback and suggestion submissions has truly caught the attention of competitors, as well as new users, and customers everywhere.
I can proudly say that Microsoft truly puts people first, and that they strongly waged all submissions for ideas and suggestions to bring about the celebrated changes we see today.
Ok now here comes the (But) – even with these awesome outcomes and flagship products you can’t help but think – what is the next big thing coming out from competitors that will slow or either hinder our buzz.
I for one am really glad to see the continued idea submission invitation being offered at this curial point in time.
This opportunity will allow a strong refueling process for new ideas from customer base needs/nags wants and suggestions moving forward.
I can only hope that similar like minds can see the curve ahead of us, and prepare now for what could possibly be the best (Tech) experience through competition ever displayed.
- Stay Powered by Windows
Is Microsoft like.. your life or something?
Let me guess you must have read my Blog or something….
Well anyway to be honest with you my love for technology started way back at the age of 10 when we had MS-DOS as our main OS.
But for me with the dawn of Windows 95, which will forever mark the date when the Windows eco-system grew wings and took flight over the world of technology.
I’ve always had a passion for technology, but through Microsoft Windows I’ve been able to have a great career in technology, and enjoy the many benefits of a company that has truly changed the world.
On the outside looking in at a company known for great innovations, not just in the OS world, but through career fields like medical, sports, education, automotive, government, science, oh and did I mention technology, the list goes on.
I do admit I am an obsessed fan of Microsoft Windows, yes there’s no denying it, but I see things different than most folks today.
Without Microsoft there would truly be no apple of today, no google, no great social innovations, the web would really be lost in space and the list could go on, and on… LOL
Well James sorry for the novel but, I am in blog mode today, so there you go that was a little about how it all started for me, thanks and as always -
Well earlier this program used to offer more timely and regular gifts like Windows Vista Ultimate, Office 2007 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate. Now it offers gifts of less value like some games etc. Where's Xbox 360 and Lumia 900 for WFP participants?
Cool. I didn't mean to come off as being a jerk. I guess it looked that way haha. Cool stories though. I got started at age 9 in my dads shop. He used to repair them for friends and stuff. It's been about 10 years. I'm 19 now and majoring in Computer Science at my college. Weird how a small start can grow on you.
I'm noticing that in windows are missing some useful features (do you remember the File Options in Xp and the poor Set Associations dialog in Win7?) so if there will be a general "what add to Windows? Suggestions?" survey maybe could be very useful.
As per usual, the entire world's opion outside of America dosnt matter at all!
UPDATE: Thank you for the tremendous response. Due to the swell of interest, we've achieved our recruiting goals for program and recruiting is now closed.
Oh man! I should've read this yesterday :-(
If there was no Microsoft there should've been something else,just as there would've been a different apple or Google.maybe without a Microsoft there should've been something even better.
Not hating just saying,i'm also a huge fan of Microsoft products
All I ask is that you make the Metro UI optional, I would absolutely never use Windows 8 if it looked like that. Please leave the look and feel for desktop/laptop users as Windows 7 is now, and please do not force touchscreen on us, I am a graphics designer and there is no way I could design with a horrible touch only UI. Thank you.
While I understand your position, I personally think the metro UI is the way to go, at first it might be hard on a regular desktop/non touch device but everything new requires a ;earning curve.after running the developer preview for 3 days I was fully comfortable with metro on my 2009 laptop without touch and I now hate even having to go to the Aero UI. I wish everything was all Metro Metro and Metro, including office and windows explorer (those are the only two things that take me to the Aero UI.
I want to see Microsoft going guns blazing with Metro
its the Metrovolution
> doing things in a mono window mode (the snap doesn't count)
is good for tablets like ipad or for choosing photos to add on facebook.
For everything else (pc-tablets too) the desktop will be/should be the main DE.
But, I'm waiting for other big features for the pro users... like workspaces or other features out-of-the-box (I'm a bit annoyed to install 3rd-party programs to do simple basic tasks)
Wow now putting plants in. meh par for the course I suppose. Till there is an options to kill charms and the giant tile crap, that is just Bob reincarnated, that gives us a fully functional classic interface Windows 8 will not be on anything I service and anything that is brought to me that does have it I'll slap on an $80 extra fee for the added hassle of dealing with Bob 2.
Just kill Bob 2 now and save everyone a ton of grief. If you have to keep it then leave it on the phones that I don't use. I don't want it on any of the systems I have to service and work with simply because almost all the people that work on the computers now won't have a clue in Bob 2. So I can guarantee that the state I work with will skip Windows 8 with a 99.9% confidence level and force upgrades to Windows 7 from Bob 2 till Windows 9. If Windows 9 has it as well then don't be shocked if it gets skipped as well. There are still more than a few systems on XP and will stay XP till the system dies.
Microsoft you can't listen to just the few shouting how they "LOVE" Bob 2 because it is all a repeat of Bob 1.0 I remember reading the reviews and how it was going to change the world of computing. It was going to bring people and computers together in a nice safe comfortable way. Go back and read the old literature. Much of it has simply had Bob cut and replaced with either Metro or Windows 8. Easy to use blah blah blah the same old thing repeated every time. Just because many millions wee spent on and by entitled, coffee shop, hipster, hippies playing on their Macs that had committee meeting after meeting for a few years working with psychologists looking for the simplest way for senile grandma to get into Facebook so she can see pictures of her grand kids. I can understand that however that is not the same kind of product that ENTERPRISE users work with. And not some reg hack but a real way to turn it off and give a regular classic interface via GPO and completely BAN-Delete the Metro interface so no user "accidentally" flips Bob 2 back on. If that doesn't happen I certainty hope all who forced Bob 2 through the system and into production get fired. Not "reassigned", laid off, on sabbatical but fired and escorted off the grounds by security.
If you can't tell I hate Metro aka Bob 2. I hate it even more than I hated Bob 1.0. I can't think of an interface I hate more right off as it even edges out iOS on the hate meter for me. It even beats "Unity" (what huge bloated hog that is).
Ok, I'm in. Consider this my acceptance. Here is my first issue. Operability between HOTMAIL and WINDOWS LIVE MAIL and OUTLOOK. These mail platforms do not efficiently/smoothly function well. IE/HOTMAIL works fine but needs more functionality for user empowerment. WINDOWS LIVE MAIL routinely locks-up and freezes as well as does OUTLOOK, maybe it's me but most email accounts regardless of platform need manageability. What more can I do to qualify?
I'm using my phone to post this so I cant click on the link to apply...but we really need more customization for windows phone...i really love my hd7 and I've had it for a year now..love the metro look and how smooth the OS is BUT sometimes I get so sick of seeing these big tiles in the same layout...if we could have some more options like being able to make them a little smaller if we wanted, or making them vertical or horizontal instead of just having two squares ins row going horizontally..if we could just have more options is all...like being able to make them transparent,different color backgrounds besides white and black...i mean I just feel so limited with this phone...its boring the heck out of me at the moment...im getting so frustrated that everytime I look in a magazine or tv or in a store EVERYONE has an app for iPhone and android and not windows....and also why cant we send videos via SMS, email, or upload to fb?...and why cant we crop pictures without having an app?...this is something that should already be implemented into the camera settings...like i said before im really starting to feel extremely limited with my phone and im contemplating getting an iPhone.
Now that 4 months have passed, what do we do? I don't know about the others, but I haven't received any email.
I guess this is the least-unlikely place to leave Win8 feedback since the program is long-closed.
I work with Win8 maintaining an automated testing lab. I have no option but to work with (test on) win8.
I like how all of windows testing features can be accessed on bootup.
I very strongly DISlike how they are accessed.
The inability to hit a F-key and get this list is a huge PITA. The least MS can do is give me 3 seconds to hit a F-key. I don't care how quickly to OS boots or fast the hardware is, you can give me three damn seconds and still look like you're booting up lightning-fast.
I like how windows wants to go into diagnostic mode after two failed boots. It keeps my machines from an endless boot-fail-boot-fail loop, which happens in testing.
I DISlike that Win8 feels the need to boot into an automated testing and repair system and does not give me options to check things manually. Win7's version of this feature (Startup Repair) annoys me for the same reason.
I don't need Windows to intrusively step in and waste my time churning around looking for a problem when I know exactly where it is and just need to get to Safe Mode to fix it. I'd at least like the option to go straight to the menu of tools MS has given Win8 to deal with issues.
I can see where these features would be potentially useful for consumers, especially if the feature actually did something useful (Startup Repair never helped me on the job or as a consumer). I don't think it's that big a problem to set out three buttons: [Automatic Repair] [Advanced User Tools] [Try To Boot Windows]
Here is my wishlist for Windows Operating System:
1. Implement the search (and filter as-you-type) in charmap desktop utility.
2. Implement this utility for WinRT too.
3. Implement a static download hub in windows.next.. that is *all downloads in one place* (HTTP, P2P....etc.) with search, resume, accounts (rapishare, fileshare..) and all capabilities that a download manager has. (connect.microsoft.com/.../create-download-in-ie-download-manager)
4. If #3 is officially , then just provide us a Create Download button in IE9/10's download dialog (let us manually enter the URL), and PLEASE display the transferred volume (2.3 of 10.8 GB) in addition to percentage...at least in the tooltip if there is no enough space!
5. Bring back XPS documents in Windows Live, Windows Phone and Windows RT.
Hope it would bring value to the product in our daily use.
Win8 is sweet!!! Took a couple of hours to fully understand navigation and find everything, after that very smooth. Good job Microsoft!
I'm disappointed that I had to do a google search to find a way to leave feedback for Windows 8. Microsoft should have built that right into the Windows 8 Previews.
My critiques of Windows 8:
1. The Metro interface feels like an addon program. I wouldn't mind it if I had the option of launching it only when I wanted to, rather than being forced into it every time I start my PC, or by some other surprising means, including accidentally hitting the Windows key while trying to do a key command in some other program. It's not good for productivity. Worse than the original Start Menu popping up momentarily is having your entire program/screen get replaced by the Metro "program".
2. As a so called creative type, Apple has some particular advantages.
- The Option key is better for key commands than the Control key simply because of the position of the key.
- Quick Look is a thing of the Gods! For creatives, being able to view all kinds of file types instantly, quickly, immediately and beautifully is just amazing. Windows needs this. In the meantime I have this 3rd party solution which is "better than nothing", but just doesn't really cut it. It also wrecks all the various icons being used in Metro. Come on Microsoft, make it happen. Make it happen in Skydrive, Skydrive Metro, and on the desktop. Google Drive got the memo and I hear that other cloud offerings are also able to view files such as Illustrator and Photoshop. Skydrive Mobile can't even view an email file (.eml), but Google Drive can, at least on my Android phone. I can't speak for Windows Phone 8 but since that platform seems to be running as far from productivity as possible, I can't imagine that something useful like that would be a part of Windows Phone 8.
- Macs have a reputation for being the platform choice for creatives, but after almost 20 years using both Macs and PCs I have never subscribed to that idea. I find the PC to be the choice of those of us who are productivity oriented. Windows and the PC has some big advantages such as extreme backwards compatibility with devices and software. But, Windows makes it painful to view absolute standard file types such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat. Windows answer to Quick Look is the Preview Pane and Details Pane? Let's face it, those things are awful. Seriously, just plain awful. They're awful in how their accessed, their slow, clunky, and the Preview Pane always creates issues with mouse focus/tab order, etc. If you're trying to quickly use the arrow keys on your keyboard/tab around etc, it's already terrible in that it's almost impossible to predict where the cursor goes without intervening with mouse. But when you pop open the Preview Pane, focus goes away. You want to arrow your way through a handful of images and view them in the preview pane but it doesn't work without refocusing the cursor with the mouse. Macs are extremely good about this. In fact I would say that focus is a major problem all over Windows including Windows 8, and including the Metro interface. It's like the people who make Windows are not power users at all, or how do they not notice this mess.
- The Alt key is messy. It's a wonderful key command foiler, just like the Windows key. As you're doing finger yoga to stretch from the Control key to a letter on the keyboard to effect a key command, you slip and hit one of those keys and you have a disruption of workflow. Not to mention that it's uncomfortable and sometimes, eventually painful. Maybe you resort to using two hands for these key commands where on the Mac the Option key, with no nearby foilers is a far more comfortable way to do key commands.
- Search on the Mac is super fast and almost instant. Not so much on Windows, not even Windows 8.
- Search on Windows 8 may jump you into Metro, then back out to Windows desktop! It's not just bad, but terrible! You're looking at the screen like, What the heck is going on.
- Various settings choices jump you in and/or out of Metro/Windows Desktop. Many settings have both a "Metro" version and a regular desktop version. I find myself trying to pick the one with the most options for editing. Adding a bluetooth device can be done through Metro or the "regular" way. I try to find the regular way because it has more options than Metro.
- Pop up notifications. My printer is low on ink but I know that I'm going to keep right on printing until it completely out, but Windows 8 gives me a pop up notification every single time I print! If I disable that notification, it disables more notifications, and after a few days, it started right back popping up the printer low thing again anyway.
- OS X has better key commands for power users. They're also customizable. This is something Windows should have done first.
- Icons are graphically challenged on Windows. If I change the size of text and icons on my desktop, I get an unpredictable mess of some icons working out well and others looking like a blurry aliased mess. That crap doesn't happen on a Mac.
- Mouse focus. It's poor all over Windows. In some places it's extremely poor. Simply, wherever the mouse hovers should have focus. If I hover the mouse over the left side of the Explorer window, I should be able to roll the scroll wheel and scroll that pane. But Windows makes you always click here or click there. The worst case of this is in the Windows is in areas like Power options, Notifications Area Icons setting. It's nearly impossible to roll the scroll wheel there without first clicking on an actual setting.
- Control Panel is terribly difficult to find stuff. It's fine to type a search text when you actually know what you're looking for. But what about when you don't know precisely what you're looking for. It becomes difficult to find it and impossible for people who are mere computer users.
- Alt/Tab is better on the Mac even though it was copied from Windows. The reason is simple. It's easier to Identify a large program Icon at a glance than a miniature preview of an open document window. When I alt tab on Windows I see a document window. It's so small I have to study it to identify it as the one I'm looking for. I'm never looking for a document, but always looking for a 'program'. Once I reach that program I'm at the document! Apple understand this. Windows is trying to show too much and making things more difficult to find in the process. Interestingly, Metro is doing a better job at this than the regular desktop.
- Alt/tab vs Windows/Tab. I think, but I'm not sure, that Alt/Tab is enough. Seems like Windows Tab is much less simple to use or predict. Why do we need both. It creates confusion. Windows/Tab seems to "prefer" to view "apps" If there are multiple "programs" open, Windows/Tab ignores all but one of them. Alt/Tab seems to cycle through apps and programs. This is an amazing mess that Microsoft has here. How will non-computer geeks get along with this stuff when geeks like me whole will take 30 minutes just to understand it still struggle with it?
- Windows 8 regular desktop should have gotten a facelift. Something more than just making Explorer windows more square. It doesn't look bad, but boy Mac OS, even the very first iteration a decade ago certainly is easier on the eyes than any Windows. I'm really a Windows guy, but this is how I see it. I use Windows out of "Utility", but OS X is far more attractive.
- Metro is very smooth on a very fast PC, but the regular desktop is not so much. Mac OS is super smooth everywhere.
Touch support and stylus support are absolute killer features for Windows for Creative types! Why is Microsoft not seeing this massive advantage and running adds showing people using this stuff to great advantage and effect! My aging tablet PC amazes people when I pull it out of my bag and start working on something. Many people aren't even aware that such a thing exists and they're full of questions. This device was promoted as a business machine, but it should have also been promoted as a machine for creative types. With the better quality touch support in Windows 8 and the new streamlined devices, it would be an amazing shame if Microsoft doesn't see this advantage and begin promote Windows 8 in this way.
Sorry for the long post, but Microsoft is not making it easy for me to say these things that really need to be said.
If Brandon LeBlanc or anybody else is reading this, then I would like an update please.
I did sign up for this when this post was made (in April). Now it is November, and I have not heard anything from Microsoft. The feedback program is still installed on my computer. From what I have seen in another forum, there are others who have done this as well but have not received any contact either.
I know you guys are busy with all the new Windows releases, but an update to this program would be helpful to those of us who are still waiting.