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Microsoft have been taking requests from users on what they want to see in Windows 10 and we’ve compiled some of the top suggestions they’ve received.
If you want to add your own idea or vote on others, be sure to read our guide on how to suggest and vote within the Windows portal.
Until then, read on to see what features other users are crying out to see in the latest operating system release from Microsoft.
Support Local Markets
Three feature requests have an overwhelming majority of the votes from users that all relate to supporting local markets. The top three in order are to add a Persian calendar, give Iranians access to the Microsoft and Persian language support for Cortana, Microsoft’s voice-activated assistant, like Apple’s Siri.
While these might not have been the things you would have expected to be most requested, it’s clear that these local users are passionate about being supported in Microsoft’s next operating system. With a combined 113,942 votes (and counting) between them, there’ll certainly be some disappointed people if these aren’t included.
Add Tabs To File Explorer
Tabs have been around for years. You’re probably making use of them on your browser right now, allowing you to switch back and forth between different websites with ease. Tabs exist in all sorts of software, but for some reason they’ve never been included in File Explorer (previously known as Windows Explorer).
The suggestion also includes the ability to view tabs side-by-side. On reflection, it’s strange that Microsoft hasn’t included this feature to date, so here’s hoping they take note for Windows 10.
For now, and perhaps also for the future, be sure to check out our article on three tools to add tabbed browsing to the Explorer.
Make Windows 10 A Free Upgrade From 8
Microsoft have always charged for their operating systems, so to make Windows 10 a free upgrade for those users running 8 would be a bold move. While it was previously suggested to make it free for everyone, that’s something that is probably unlikely to happen. Windows is still a big money maker for Microsoft.
The reasons behind this suggestion? It would mean a lot of users would adopt the new operating system sooner, rather than sticking with one for many years, much like what happened with Windows XP and now possibly with 7.
In order to compliment the free upgrade, the suggestion proposes to focus on paid applications through the store. That’d be a change of direction, but perhaps a risky move worth taking in order to stay relevant and competitive.
Windows Update Handles All Drivers
If you’ve ever found the process of updating your drivers a cumbersome one then you’re not alone. The fact that we still have to visit individual manufacturer’s websites or hunt through search results to find the latest drivers is outdated. Wouldn’t it be great if all of that was in one place?
While Windows Update does support drivers from some third party companies, it isn’t exhaustive. This feature would ensure that users could simply and automatically download updates for everything through one tool, with no reliance on other software required.
For software, this is actually going to happen: Windows 10 will contain the package manager OneGet.
Improve The Notepad Application
Notepad has been around since Windows 1.0 and included in all operating systems since. It’s an extremely basic application that hasn’t drastically changed over the years. While it’s meant to be simple, many users think it’s time for it to be improved.
The suggestion poses the need for Unix line ending support, a consistent double click action and a reliable undo. Although alternatives to Notepad do exist, it’d be great if the tool that was built into Windows 10 offered a bit more functionality, while still retaining its lightweight nature.
Redesign All The Icons
While this may not be a major functionality, there’s no doubt that the visual appearance of an operating system goes a long way to improving the experience. Although Microsoft have updated their icons over the years, this suggestion calls for a full redesign of all of them for the modern age.
The Windows 10 preview does have updated icons in some places, but it’s unknown whether this means that the entire iconography throughout is getting an overhaul. It’d certainly be appreciated though, since finding outdated icons that don’t fit into the overall design scheme is disjointed.
Support More Compressed File Types
Zip isn’t the only compression format available, but it’s the only one that Windows supports out of the box. Compressing your files is great for many reasons, but lots of different tools let you do it. This means that you could receive a file through email or download that Windows can’t natively handle.
As such, this suggestion asks for support for .rar, .7z and .bz2 file types. It might not be hard to go online and download programs that support other archive files, but that’s yet another step for a user to take. If Windows 10 wants to be able to offer strong ease of use, it needs to get natively supporting popular file types like these.
Merge PC Settings And Control Panel
PC Settings was introduced in order to offer a simpler way for users to alter their settings, especially when using touch devices. However, many users are frustrated that it exists alongside the traditional Control Panel, saying that there’s no need for two separate utilities to adjust your options.
Some settings only exist in one utility, while some exist in both. The suggestion argues that this redundancy is confusing and that the two should be merged. While this gained a lot of support, users in the comments were also vocal that they didn’t wish to lose any of the advanced functionality that Control Panel offers should this change take place.
Bring Back Aero Glass
Aero Glass came onto the scene with Vista, notable for making things like the task bar and window headings transparent. The majority of this look was ditched in Windows 8 (although you can add Aero Glass through third party programs) in favour of more solid backgrounds, apparently for the improvement of battery life.
The feedback notes that users should be able to have the choice of whether they want Aero Glass or not. While it might not be wanted for those on mobile devices, millions use the desktop and have the hardware to support this feature. At least if users have a choice then they’ll be able to decide for themselves.
There’s Still Time To Request & Vote
These are some of the top requests that Microsoft have had for their upcoming operating system, but there’s still time to add your own to the mix or vote on others.
Microsoft are monitoring the voting platform, so something you suggest or vote on could end up being a part of Windows 10.
Do you want to see any of these features in Windows 10? Is there something missing that you’re desperate to see in the new operating system?