Windows, the OS itself, is in my opinion, one of the greatest engineering feats of our time. To produce a stable, productive OS on a heterogeneous and unpredictable hardware platform, including the best driver and plug and play around is nothing short of astonishing. Those with total control of their hardware and software platform aren't even able to match it.
With that in mind, I'm creating this thread for those who don't care for Windows 8 and are not using it but would like to, and those who use it, but are using it in spite of it's changes and/or shortcomings.
With Microsoft speedily working on Windows Blue and Windows 9, in addition to Windows Phone Updates and a major upgrade at year's end, what features or changes would you like to see added or removed from the Windows 8 Product line (Desktop OS, Windows Phone 8, Surface RT) that would make you love it? Many requests will be unrealistic, but let's hear it anyway.
Fanatics on either end of the spectrum please, just state what "you" want, or even that you're perfectly satisfied or dissatisfied with the way things are. Whether you're pro or anti Windows 8, no one cares to hear you judge other's wants, needs, and desires. Simply state your own, or comment productively on others'.
For me it's as Follows:
Windows Phone 8, Desktop OS, & Surface RT
- Continue optimizing performance across the board
- Release a Modern UI version of Zune that functions, exactly the same as the previous version of Zune with support for WP8 & Surface RT.
-Or, convert Windows Media Player Classic to the Modern UI keeping it's functionality and in-app search engine (avoid Modern UI Search in all applications and things. Produce it for RT as well.
-Or fix the Xbox Cloud ecosystem so that it will sync playlists and songs, or search and find all songs in synced playlists if they are stored locally. You must support users' existing libraries or this service is somewhat useless to most. And it must work, for everyone, all the time. Not half-ass work, completely work.
-Allow Xbox Video purchases to be played from Windows Phone.
-Include BT 4.0 and apt-X codec support in all three but particularly in Windows Phone. Many developers want to port their lifestyle apps and heart rate monitors but still Windows Phone OS does not support the complete range of BT profiles to allow this. apt-X allows CD quality sound over Bluetooth and is included in most Android phones and tablet.
-Forget ridiculous surveys. Be cool, and produce cool products that support cutting edge technologies first. Don't just try to look cool, or create cool commercials, be cool. Right now, it doesn't appear anyone at Microsoft is actually, cool, or even uses technology as a part of their lifestyle apart from working for Microsoft. Tip: Steve Ballmer is not, and cannot define, coolness. Find someone else.
Desktop OS & Surface
-Release more if not all Microsoft Studios XBLA games for Modern UI. So far only touch games have been released and look how that has turned out. Lode Runner is a PC classic that bombed on XBLA. MSS did a great remake and it would have been perfect for the Modern UI and Windows 8. Make it a core game and give it away even. Encourage all XBLA games to go Modern. This will be quick and effective. Help them. Shadow Complex on the Modern UI on a current desktop PC running Windows 8 ... think outside the box, but not waaaay out as in kludgy Modern UI Search. I remember the early days of Xbox Live. One game carried it until the library grew and it gained legitimacy. It was an XBLA game, tiny Geometry Wars by Bizarre Creations. Do not underestimate the power of games.
-Realize the impact and presence of desktop computing. It is a separate entity from the emerging mobile market, they enhance each other, not replace one another. One major difference, desktop users influence others. Turtleneck sweater with a tablet does not much (IMO).
-Produce a nano Wireless Xbox Controller adapter for PC. Gaming still drives technology. Make it for Windows 8 only if you like.
-Allow nested tiles on the Start Page
-For systems with discrete graphics and modern CPUs, utilize the iGPU processors in Intel CPUs within Windows.
-Do something with Modern UI Search. First provide Unified Results similar to the Start Menu, then keep going. Allow in-place context menus on the desktop only.
-Create a great Modern UI file browser with thumbnail support and designed with being snapped to the desktop in mind. Allow drag and drop to the Desktop Environment.
-Modern UI App for File History with System Image support
-I do not need the Start Menu with Start8, and if you make changes to Modern UI Search, won't need that. But a GPO to go directly to desktop would accelerate adoption in the enterprise. I know you want to force people to use the Start Page. You can try that, give a GPO option in the Enterprise edition, or see slow adoption.
-Release Gears of War Judgment for PC, Windows 8 Only.
That really wasn't that much, or difficult. One more, above all, forget about cowtowing to shareholders for a moment, ask consumers who you want to buy your products, what they want, and how they want it to work.