Microsoft Are Crowd Sourcing Ideas – Top Requests For Windows 10

Joe Keeley 19-12-2014

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 Want New Windows Features? Share Your Ideas With Microsoft & Vote Microsoft wants to know what you would like Windows to look like! Propose and review Windows features to shape the next version of Windows. Read More 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 Discover Cortana On Windows 10 - Her Hiding Places Revealed! Cortana, Microsoft's voice controlled personal assistant, has been starting to show up on Windows 10. This article reveals her hiding places. It looks like she will come out to play very soon. Read More , 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 3 Tools to Add Tabbed Browsing to Windows Explorer Tabbed browsing is a feature that I first encountered 10 years ago in Firefox’s previous incarnation, Firebird. Since then, tabs have popped up in almost every realm related to user interfaces. They make it easy... Read More .

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 5 Reasons Why You Love Windows XP & What You Sacrifice Nearly 30% of computers are still running Windows XP. It was a stable and reliable system for years, but all good things come to an end. Almost no good reasons to keep using Windows XP... Read More 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?

Windows Update Tuesday


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 Windows Gets A Package Manager - Download Software Centrally Via OneGet Microsoft is adding yet another Linux feature to Windows. Package management can seriously boost productivity, increase security, and ultimately save you a lot of headache. We show you how it will work. Read More .

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 Notepad Not Doing The Trick? Try Out The Lightweight Alternatives Xint & Subpad Read More 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.

windows 10 icons

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 How to Extract Files From ZIP, RAR, 7z and Other Common Archives Were you ever faced with a .rar file and wondered how to open it? Fortunately, managing ZIP files and other compressed archives is simple with the right tools. Here is what you need to know. Read More , 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.

Windows 10 zPC Settings Personalization

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 Windows 8 Doesn't Come with Aero - But You Can Add It With These Tools Whichever way you look at it, Windows 8 has been a controversial release. The latest version of Microsoft’s domestic operating system has built in touch and no Start button on the Desktop view, something that... Read More ) 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?

Affiliate Disclosure: By buying the products we recommend, you help keep the site alive. Read more.

Whatsapp Pinterest

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. peter
    November 12, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    would like to go to the corner right of the screen which would take me to the display page and shown in large numbers, the date and time. Even if i am in full screen mode

  2. John
    December 20, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! DO NOT "Improve" Notepad!! It's the only software that you can paste stuff into and back out of after any Office program "helpfully" formats it. (To, of course, remove the "helpful" formatting.)

    • cipnrkorvo
      December 21, 2014 at 1:38 am

      I've been testing Windows 10 since the beginning, and have pointed out dozens of bugs/suggestions, but since I own a Windows 8 (now Windows 10) tablet, I'll say this one's the most important for me: desktop apps (programs) should be able to run in the background in "connected standby" mode, just like modern apps.

      For those who don't know, connected standby mode is when apps continue to run when computer is in standby. For example you can use it to listen to music while using almost no battery life. All new laptops and tablets have it. Now if Microsoft wants to bring "modern" apps and desktop apps closer together, then desktop apps must be able to run in connected standby mode. (and there should be a unified menu in the Windows settings where you choose which apps have the permission to run in connected standby)

    • dragonmouth
      December 21, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      "connected standby mode"
      When Microsoft sprang Windows on the world, that used to be called Terminate and Stay Resident mode.

  3. Luis Moreno
    December 20, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    I have always missed a native "always on top" function for all windows. Actual title buttoms makes it (and much more) very well, but a total integration with the system would be great.

  4. Ddonham
    December 20, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    It would be great if MS error messages could be copied to the clip board, to paste in search engines or e-mails.

  5. Johann
    December 20, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    I would like to see windows mail back and word also.

  6. Lateron
    December 20, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    I want windows to start up much faster then it does now. I would like to have a choice which drivers and software elements I want to be loaded each time I start windows. I want to be able to indicate this in an options table. For example I do not want the CD/CVD writer software to be loaded each start up, nor do I want the printer support to be loaded etc. These elements should only be loaded when I need them.

    • dragonmouth
      December 20, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      "I want windows to start up much faster then it does now."
      Install it on an SSD.

      As for the rest of your wishes, don't hold your breath. Microsoft is like our government - it knows better what we need and want and what is good for us than we do.

      If you want that kind of modularity, you will have to switch to a build-your-own Linux distribution like Gentoo, Arch, Linux From Scratch, TinyCore or antiX. Then you can incorporate only the services you want and exclude all others. Any of the pre-packaged Linux distros, especially Ubuntu and anything based on it, will have the same problem as Windows, a lot of unwanted crap.

  7. MrWorf
    December 20, 2014 at 5:41 am

    I have a suggestion, how about plugging all of the security holes before you push it out to the public.

  8. kurt
    December 19, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    i like the better functionality underneath w8+, but please make it easier in w10 to simply get rid of all that Modern crap! i just want to keep my mouse and simple desktop. the rest of it is terribly reduced usability for me. why force a touchscreen gui onto a desktop? makes no sense.... it would just make my arms tired and my 3 screens greasy!

    i don't mind if the OS gui wants to evolve, but don't force it down our throats! make it optional and then see who adopts it and then you have your real stats on your users.

    meanwhile i use start8 with reasonable effect.

    • Lee
      December 20, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      Have you had the chance to use the developer preview? They brought back the start menu. It still has hints of the Modern/Metro UI but it's not nearly as bad as Windows 8.

    • kurt
      December 31, 2014 at 11:00 pm

      hi lee,
      i'm a bit leery of using previews. my computer is a production work machine and i can't be fooling with new bugs as well as the old favorites! for now i'll stick with start8 and keep my fingers crossed. thanks!

  9. likefunbutnot
    December 19, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    I actually created four different accounts on the site to make suggestions. The most points any of my suggestions got was under 30. There's a lot of gold buried in less popular suggestions as well and I hope some of those ideas are still implemented.

    • cipnrkorvo
      December 21, 2014 at 1:24 am

      Yes definitely lots of people spent lots of time digging to make more technical/precise suggestions. These suggestions are often less popular, but are well thought up (and sometime very significant) and should be taken into consideration by Microsoft.

    • Techie007
      December 24, 2014 at 9:23 pm

      Please share some of the URLs with us so we can evaluate the suggestions and possibly vote on them.

      Here's a great one to vote on, and since it is in the IE Developer section, it won't use any of your precious Windows votes:
      [Broken Link Removed]

  10. Paul Parkinson
    December 19, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    It would have been helpful to have an actual, you know, LINK to the Microsoft page to do this. I understand you want/need page hits to your own articles but - hey - help us out... #offtogoogle

    • Joe
      December 19, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      Hey Paul - sorry if the article wasn't as clear as it could be. If you click each heading then you'll be able to view that suggestion, vote on it or create your own. For clarity, here is the UserVoice page: [Broken Link Removed]