Windows 10: The want list
One reason users hated Windows 8 is because it was thrust upon them. They had to like it or lump it.
With the Windows 10 Technical Preview, that’s all changed. Microsoft wants to know what you want before the OS ships, and it’s provided a feedback mechanism: The Windows Feature Suggestion Box. Users can suggest and vote for new features to add.
And the votes are pouring in, for everything from a revamped Notepad to a Persian calendar. The following 10 features have the most votes so far. Here’s hoping we’ll see them in Windows 10.
Add tabs to Windows Explorer/File Explorer
Make Windows Update a one-stop shop for ALL drivers
This is my favorite: With just under 1,400 votes at press time, I’d totally agree that Windows should be the hub of all driver updates, without the need to load special utilities or visit the manufacturer’s website.
Some users have suggested that Windows Update be a one-stop shop for stable drivers, while letting users download experimental or beta updates from the manufacturers. The problem, however, may be the hardware makers themselves. What if they want to launch a package that allows users access to games, or bundles in third-party offers?
Kill off all Aero-themed objects
Bring back Aero Glass!
Withn 1,016 votes, there’s a nearly equal contingent that feels Microsoft should take a page from its past and bring back the Aero Glass themes from the Windows 8 Developer Preview. Where do you stand? Is Aero dated at this point, or should Microsoft find a way to make Aero a user option for Windows 7 converts?
With 1,223 votes at press time, this suggestion is doing surprisingly well.
Make Windows free!
Pin ANYTHING to the Start menu
A new Notepad.exe
Windows 10 users are clamoring for a new Notepad.exe application—well, 1,332 of them, anyway. Suggestions include something like Notepad++ (seen here, left) or, well, something more like OneNote. It all seems a bit trivial—unless, of course, if you use Notepad routinely.
Remixing the Volume Mixer
With speakers now appearing in tablets, computers, monitors, and HDTVs—let alone headphones—users have a greater degree of freedom to choose which devices are playing back their audio notifications. We’d agree that it might be nice to be able to set an external laptop speaker to chime when a new email is received, for example, but not to interrupt a song playing through a user’s headphones.