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  1. Phone Capabilities on Windows 10: Send/Receive Calls, Texts, FB Messages, Play/Save Voicemails on Desktop within one Messaging Conversation

    It is exciting to hear that Microsoft is bringing the Messaging app to Windows Desktop. The new messaging app will integrate multiple internet-based services, allowing users to make use of multiple chat services within a single conversation for each contact regardless of the apps they use.

    It will combine text/SMS messages and Skype messages into a single conversation. You will see all messages between you and another person, across apps, in the same conversation. When you reply to the other person, the Messaging client is smart enough to automatically make use of the service last used by the other person.

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      91 comments  ·  Improved Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Introduce Modern LaTeX Editor into Microsoft Office Suite

      LaTeX, the world’s most advanced, powerful and widely-used approach to typesetting scientific papers, journal articles, conference presentations and other technical and academic documents, is used by tens of millions of people worldwide, including most publishers, researchers, academics and increasingly by students. In 2009, LaTeX was used to typeset 96.9% of publications in mathematics, 89.1% of publications in statistics, 79% of publications in physics, and its use is widespread in computer sciences, engineering, geosciences, astronomy, ecology, chemistry, biology, medicine, psycology, and political and social sciences. It is used to create the majority of college and university textbooks and today, virtually every…

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        38 comments  ·  Other Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Window Snapping & Auto-Resizing

        Windows is all about productivity. Right now, in desktop mode, window snapping is not as intelligent and favorable to productivity as it could be.

        I have seen two amazing ideas shared. The first is that when when resizing snapped windows, “Shrinking one should expand the other”:

        https://windows.uservoice.com/forums/265757-feature-suggestions/suggestions/6510324-window-resizing-shrinking-one-should-expand-the-o

        The second says “When one window is snapped to each corner, allow clicking and dragging of the centre point, resizing all 4 windows at once”:

        https://windows.uservoice.com/forums/265757-windows-feature-suggestions/suggestions/6537092-when-one-window-is-snapped-to-each-corner-allow-c

        The idea is simple. When you snap windows together, resizing one should automatically resize the others. Otherwise you end up either covering up parts of windows (when…

        10,753 votes
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          24 comments  ·  Improved Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Thanks for your suggestion. Always great to see such great feedback. 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 suggestions coming!

        • Windows 10 Mockups - Modern Aero Glass Transparency, improved Virtual Desktops, Dark Theme and new features for File Explorer

          TL;DR

          http://1drv.ms/1ApKxek

          (I will continue to add new mockups)

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          UX, New Icons & Transparency:
          Windows 10 should be a great OS for productivity, but you should also try to make it look "modern". OSX Yosemite has clearly accomplished this and Windows must do the same or better if possible.
          I'm sorry to say this, but most of the new icons are quite terrible honestly (weird color choices, weird design approach... all weird). The Office Team did a good job with Office 2013 icons, those should be a good start.
          You should really consider to have transparency all over the…

          3,990 votes
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            50 comments  ·  Desktop and Start  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Let Windows 10 Desktop Run ALL Windows Phone Apps

            Why can’t one play Candy Crush Saga with one’s Surface Pro 3 tablet in Windows 10? There’s no reason why an app written for Windows Phone can’t also run in Windows 10. Consider this image from Microsoft:

            http://az648995.vo.msecnd.net/win/2014/09/Windows_Product_Family_9-30-Event-741x416.png

            Isn’t Windows 10 supposed to offer “One Windows, One Store”? Right now, unfortunately, the Windows Store is segmented and split across all the different platforms. Here are some of the MANY apps in the “Windows Phone” store that are currently NOT available in the Windows 10 Store:

            Authenticator (by Microsoft)
            Candy Crush Saga
            Duolingo
            Health (by Microsoft for Microsoft Band)
            LinkedIn
            Messenger …

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              15 comments  ·  Other Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Unify the Title Bar in Windows 10: Give EVERY Window the "Enter/Exit Full Screen" Option

              Windows 10’s modern title bar offers new features, including a hamburger button which replaces the charms bar (good for traditional mouse-and-keyboard desktop users), as well as a nifty “enter/exit full screen” button next to “maximize”, which is good for everyone from gamers to those who watch movies. Picture here:

              http://www.winline.ru/upload/resizer2/20_80331bd8c3d443292b0adf7e75382f7c.jpg

              In many apps, interaction is optimal in full-screen mode, such as when you’re gaming or playing a movie and don’t want to see the title bar or taskbar. One nice thing about the modern title bar is that if you click to enter full screen mode, you can point your…

              4,283 votes
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                3 comments  ·  Improved Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Simplify Tablet Mode UI: Left Edge Swipe for Task Management, Right Edge Swipe for Cortana/Action Center

                See concept: http://i.imgur.com/1Fpy0kG.jpg

                Please make tablet mode more intuitive and swipe-friendly for tablet users. There are many redundant, desktop-oriented UI elements that ought to be combined and more easily accessible with swipe. The taskbar, virtual desktops and task view should all be combined and accessible within thumb's reach after a left edge swipe. Cortana/Search should just be built right into the Action/Notification center (who better than a personal assistant to deliver your notifications?) where she can leave the results of your queries, and the Action Center should have more easily actionable device settings and indicators (like screen brightness, volume, network…

                4,800 votes
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                  10 comments  ·  Input and Interaction Methods  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • New File Explorer: Tabbed, touch-friendly, modern UI “universal app” for all Windows 10 desktops, tablets, phones and Xbox

                  Simple idea for a new file explorer:
                  -Tabbed
                  -Touch friendly
                  -Modern design language
                  -Flat icons & minimal UI
                  -”Universal App” for all Windows 10 Desktop, Tablets, Phones and Xbox

                  See this incredible concept image:

                  http://arcticpaco.deviantart.com/art/File-Explorer-382929276

                  I will post more images in the comments. Please feel free to contribute your own thoughts, ideas and concepts below!

                  3,102 votes
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                    7 comments  ·  Files, Folders and Online Storage  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 4,068 votes
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                      4 comments  ·  Improved Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Unify the interface and get rid of all UI elements of the '90s and Vista's era

                      Build 9926 vs the '90s

                      Unify the interface and get rid of all UI elements of the '90s and Vista's era

                      By 'the '90s era', I mean Properties and dialog boxes like these:
                      http://i.imgur.com/TUwwCD2.jpg

                      Just because the "property/dialog boxes" have a lighter, flatter interface and have a few features added doesn't make them more accessible, look 'modern' or make them more convenient. They worked in the past and they just don't have their place in any modern OS anymore.

                      The problems are:

                      * They can stack up on top of each other, making the screen look bloated
                      * They are…

                      4,763 votes
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                        40 comments  ·  Improved Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Make right click behavior consistent in Windows 10

                        Windows 10 TP Build 9926 shows great improvements over 8 in terms of design and UI, but it still lacks consistency. One of the most evident problems is the right click behavior, which is incoherent and confusing. As you can see in these screenshots
                        http://imgur.com/a/6iMdq
                        right clicking on the desktop shows the classic drop down menu, specific to what item has been selected, and gives a list of additional possibilities. But right clicking on the taskbar shows a different aesthetic with a different background and different arrows. If instead you select an app you get a third style, while right…

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                          6 comments  ·  Input and Interaction Methods  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Redesign File Explorer to Something Much Like This!

                          http://dakirby309.deviantart.com/art/V3-Windows-10-Explorer-Concept-Reimagined-Ribbon-514047943

                          I attempted to reimagine most features currently in Windows 8 and 10 and added many features I feel would be quite useful, touch-friendly, consistent, and simple. And I even optimized the Ribbon and Navigation Pane for optimum customization, and conservation of vertical space while still keeping all the features there at a glance to accommodate a range of displays, both big and small. ...My laptop screen is a bit small and I find it annoying to frequently click the Navigation Pane to activate it, then scroll through it.

                          I designed this concept to address some needed improvements in the…

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                            24 comments  ·  Improved Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Merge Lock Screen and Login Screens

                            Currently, you view the lock screen before hitting enter to go to a bland login screen, before being able to use the PC. My idea is to merge the lockscreen and login screen for better design and aesthetics.

                            For example, this is what the lock screen would look like:
                            http://i.imgur.com/pZjd1Po.png (Taken from Suface Hub's lockscreen)

                            Then hitting enter would scroll the lock screen graphics up to reveal the login screen:
                            http://i.imgur.com/UQuVvZU.png

                            The small "X" button would scroll the graphics back down, to go back to the lock screen. I think this keeps the design more consistent and would look better…

                            6,228 votes
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                              12 comments  ·  Personalization and Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Pre-Reform Portuguese spelling on the entire OS

                              Microsoft may not be aware of it, but the Spelling Reform that the Portuguese government is trying to force on people is not only illegal, it's rejected by the vast vast majority of Portuguese men and women. Petitions with thousands of signatures have been delivered to the Portuguese Parliament, Judicial actions are being moved against the Portuguese government over the illegal spelling reform.

                              With Windows 8, Microsoft has forced upon its Portuguese users such a reform without any previous consultation or even consent. We, Portuguese users of Windows consider that offensive at best, an assault on our national identity at…

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                                299 comments  ·  Personalization and Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                  292 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.

                                  1,462 votes
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                                  • This File Explorer

                                    http://i.imgur.com/YdeysEe.jpg

                                    Inspired from Spartan browser and built-in Office apps in Windows 10.

                                    Notice the spacing between the elements. Touch users would have no problems using it.

                                    2,901 votes
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                                      28 comments  ·  Improved Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Prevent your OEMs from provinding bloatwares

                                      As Paul Thurrott reminded us (Windows Weekly #398), licencing prices of Windows have gone down for the past decade. Windows is even free for sub 9" devices !

                                      Crapwares and bloatwares were a way for OEMs to get money because they felt they were paying to much for Windows. It is clearly not the case anymore and they should be prevented to provide any additional software on top of Windows.

                                      Windows Phone had always got good rating on user experience because it didn't allowed the OEM to destroy that experience like they did with Android.

                                      If you are serious about…

                                      2,179 votes
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                                        37 comments  ·  Improved Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Hover to show Start Menu, Click to open "Start" Screen

                                        There have been many ideas about unifying start menu and “Start” screen. First, users asked for tiles and groups to be synced not only between devices, but also between start menu and "Start" screen:

                                        https://windows.uservoice.com/forums/265757-windows-feature-suggestions/suggestions/6589262-continuum-start-menu-sync-with-start-screen

                                        But more than just syncing tiles; we have asked for the start menu and the “Start” screen to be completely integrated and unified, so that the “Start” screen is simply the full screen mode of the start menu:

                                        https://windows.uservoice.com/forums/265757-windows-feature-suggestions/suggestions/6873201--start-screen-the-full-screen-mode-of-start-me

                                        Users have also pointed out how difficult it is to switch between start menu and “Start” screen in Windows 10, where they are required to go…

                                        4,000 votes
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                                          17 comments  ·  Improved Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Give "Start" Screen the Desktop Background by Default

                                          In Windows 8, the “Start” screen felt like a completely foreign environment to desktop users. Users who first ended up there by accident couldn’t find their way back to the desktop. This was made somewhat better when Microsoft brought back the start button, which allowed users to open and close the “Start” screen with greater ease; however, it still felt like a foreign interface to most.

                                          Windows 8.1 partly fixed this, by allowing users to make the “Start” screen background the same as the Desktop wallpaper. See the difference below:

                                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1tI9gjfljU

                                          Unfortunately, however, most users will never figure this out.…

                                          3,874 votes
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