Microsoft confirms more features coming to WP7.8, asks for user suggestions

We reported a few days ago that Windows Phone 7.8 would be getting more than just the new start screen on old devices, and now Microsoft seems to have publicly confirmed it on a forum post that asks users to recommend what features they'd like to see in the final release for older devices.

The post was started by a user of the Windows Phone User Voice forum, is entitled "MORE WINDOWS PHONE 7.8 FEATURES!!" and has around 57,000 votes at time of writing. Then, a Windows Phone administrator replied, and asked users to vote on the feature that is most important to them to see in the final release:

As you know, Windows Phone 8 is a generational shift in technology, which means that it will not run on existing hardware. BUT we care deeply about our existing customers and would like to know SPECIFICALLY what features you would like to see on 7.8 and vote INDIVIDUALLY for the one that you want most (vs. one large grab bag of features).

The users in the original post believe that Microsoft should include background Skype support, data monitoring, OTA (even though it's being discontinued), IE10 and screenshots.

Windows Phone 7.8 is an update that will be pushed to current Windows Phone hardware, since they cannot support Windows Phone 8's new architecture. It will be the final release from Microsoft, but the company has remained quiet about what it will actually include past the new start menu design.

It's interesting that Microsoft is asking users what they consider to be important for the release, and it will be impressive if the company actually goes ahead and adds the most popular voted option to the platform. 

Via The Next Web

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It's not like they don't already know what they're going to put in there anyway. If they want the update out by then end of the year, they already have a plan ad aren't just going to start developing and chucking in features at this point. They're just going to hope people vote up something they've already put in, and then say "Look, we listen to user feedback! "

Sranshaft said,
I'll never get this obsession with taking screenshots on a phone and why it's a needed feature in a mobile OS.

Its just nice to have. Say you are trying to coordinate a movie time. Its very nice to be able to grab a screenshot of flixters page showing the times available at all your local theaters and send it to a group for instance. I know you can "share" through the app but its not nearly as efficient, nor can you make multiple theatures shared all times for a movie simultaneously.

You can use it for all sorts of things where just taking a screenshot (like a picture) is much quicker to get the point across than texting back and forth in a group for 5 minutes.

Its not something you NEED, but its definitely useful.

Sranshaft said,
I'll never get this obsession with taking screenshots on a phone and why it's a needed feature in a mobile OS.

App devs wanting to showcase and pretty much anyone on facebook and twitter who wants to show off anything hilarious they have on their screen. I welcome it.

Different article. This is about confirm new features in Windows Phone 7.8 while the older article is about asking what users want in Windows Phone 7.8. Need to read the article Neowiner!

ACTIONpack said,
Different article. This is about confirm new features in Windows Phone 7.8 while the older article is about asking what users want in Windows Phone 7.8. Need to read the article Neowiner!

Both articles are based on the same paragraph.

We are truly floored over the excitement about future Windows Phone releases. Unfortunately our earlier response on this post was not well worded. We really do care about your feedback. This forum is intended to seek suggestions on future product features but it is not set up to take requests for specific product versions. We apologize for the confusion.

We would like to reinforce that for this forum to work optimally we would need users to create unique suggestions each with a single idea. This particular suggestion item has many varied ideas and because of that we aren't able to infer what is the most important to this forum. Please reallocate your votes to other suggestions that have a single idea.

To stay in touch with Windows Phone announcements please read the Windows Phone blog: http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_phone/b/windowsphone/

Makes sense, stupid users don't know how a votebox works.

Simon- said,
<i>We are truly floored over the excitement about future Windows Phone releases. Unfortunately our earlier response on this post was not well worded. We really do care about your feedback. This forum is intended to seek suggestions on future product features but it is not set up to take requests for specific product versions. We apologize for the confusion.

We would like to reinforce that for this forum to work optimally we would need users to create unique suggestions each with a single idea. This particular suggestion item has many varied ideas and because of that we aren't able to infer what is the most important to this forum. Please reallocate your votes to other suggestions that have a single idea.

To stay in touch with Windows Phone announcements please read the Windows Phone blog: http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_phone/b/windowsphone/ </i>

Makes sense, stupid users don't know how a votebox works.

Ah yeah this makes sense. Hurp durp users.

You must notice that official administrator Mobile Guru changed his response today. Now he says we are CONFUSED about this forum. According to his response, the features of Windows Phone 8 like IE10 will never come to Windows Phone 7.8. So we all misunderstand. XD

Ronald Wang EIGHTS said,
You must notice that official administrator Mobile Guru changed his response today. Now he says we are CONFUSED about this forum. According to his response, the features of Windows Phone 8 like IE10 will never come to Windows Phone 7.8. So we all misunderstand. XD

Trusty Neowin... reporting stuff late AND still getting the information wrong

It needs a Start Menu. I can't use it without a Start Menu.


In all seriousness, though. I would love to see some integrated Photosynth features.

Dot Matrix said,
It needs a Start Menu. I can't use it without a Start Menu.


In all seriousness, though. I would love to see some integrated Photosynth features.


HAHAHAHAHA!!!!

I wish you could grab and drag to the bottom task tiles in the task manager to close them, similar to the way you can grab and drag down apps in Windows 8 to close them... except in the task manger... not the actual app.

rfirth said,
I wish you could grab and drag to the bottom task tiles in the task manager to close them, similar to the way you can grab and drag down apps in Windows 8 to close them... except in the task manger... not the actual app.

You know that apps close as soon as you leave them in WP7/7.5, right? Their state is saved via "tombstoning" the app, but it does get terminated

Sraf said,

You know that apps close as soon as you leave them in WP7/7.5, right? Their state is saved via "tombstoning" the app, but it does get terminated

Yep, I know. I have 9 apps for sale on the Windows Phone Marketplace. Still, I like closing everything sometimes.

Sraf said,

You know that apps close as soon as you leave them in WP7/7.5, right? Their state is saved via "tombstoning" the app, but it does get terminated

No, they don't close as soon as you leave them, and no, they don't use tombstoming once you leave them.

In Mango, all the CPU tasks are stopped but the app's data is still loaded in RAM.

Apps only use tombstoning if they are left for awhile and the user runs other intensive programs that consume the RAM (like games)

andrewbares said,

No, they don't close as soon as you leave them, and no, they don't use tombstoming once you leave them.

In Mango, all the CPU tasks are stopped but the app's data is still loaded in RAM.

Apps only use tombstoning if they are left for awhile and the user runs other intensive programs that consume the RAM (like games)

So you mean that as soon as another app needs the memory, WP sets memory used by a "background" app to overwriteable. making the memory immediately available with less resource usage than instantly tombstoning and zero writing all memory... and if you don't load another app that needs the memory, the apps is faster to start up as it doesn't need to get back from tombstone.

the problem with the current method was again ?

_pOpinJay_ said,
What i would like to see in both wp8 and 7.8 is a more elaborate task manager replace the shabby one used in current wp
Shabby one?