Microsoft: Not currently accepting outside ideas for Windows 8?

Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system may still be over a year away from launching, at the very least, but if you have an idea or feature for the OS that you want to graciously offer to Microsoft, you might not want to waste your time. Cnet's News.com has a story today that a person who offered a Windows 8 suggestion was told by Microsoft that it won't be accepting any outside ideas for the OS.

The story reports that Chris Carlucci, a former IT manager, wrote an email to Microsoft with an idea that he claims would have made Windows 8 easier to operate. However, Microsoft's response to Carlucci's suggestion was fairly blunt: " ... Microsoft does accept suggestions for existing products and services, we do not accept suggestions for new products, technologies, processes." Because of this policy, Microsoft stated in its email, "... we are returning your information without review."

Oddly enough, Microsoft promoted Windows 7, the current version of its operating system, with a series of ads featuring people who offered suggestions for Windows 7 with the tag line. "Windows 7 was my idea." Indeed, News.com confirmed with Microsoft that Windows 7 was created in part by suggestions given to the company by ordinary people. However, the company has not yet commented on why it is not doing the same thing with Windows 8. While it's possible that this might be a case of someone at Microsoft mistakenly sending a customer the wrong information, at the moment, it's looking like Windows 8 might not be your or anyone else's idea outside of Microsoft employees.

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