I wrote an article for the SuperSite for Windows this morning, How Microsoft Can Fix Windows Phone in 2011, in which I described the high-level ways in which I believe Microsoft can shape its smart phone OS into its mainstream platform the future, displacing PC-based versions of Windows and rivaling Apple’s iOS.
Before that can happen, of course, there’s a lot of work to do. Windows Phone is very much a 1.0 release, with tons of missing features and functional gaps. So before my vision for nerdvana can come to fruition, Microsoft is going to have to fix all the minor issues with Windows Phone. Let’s give them a bit of help: Let me know which feature(s) you’d like to see added or fixed in Windows Phone. What’s missing? What’s wrong? Leave a comment, please, and let me know.
I’ll try to list all the bests ones here in the post itself. (Note that I’ll be gone for part of today, so excuse any delay.) I’ll get it started with a few obvious ones.
What needs to be fixed in Windows Phone
Camera app: Remember customized settings; support front-facing camera
Calendar app: Support multiple calendars; support subscribed calendars; Add tasks functionality, integrate with Exchange/Outlook tasks and Hotmail Calendar to-do; week view
Enterprise: Full support for Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) policies; VPN support
Service integration: Directly support popular third party services in the Pictures hub, including Flickr, SmugMug, Google PicasaWeb, and so on; direct support for other services elsewhere, including Twitter
Cloud-based backup: Provide a free MyPhone/KIN Studio-type service for all Windows Phone users, for free
Audio playback: Add an EQ, separate music playback from other audio levels
Ringtones: Support custom ringtones, notifications, and alarms
Mail app: Provide support for an integrated inbox that spans multiple accounts
Facebook account: Provide a more granular way to determine which Facebook content makes its way to the phone
People hub: Contact filtering, Favorites (also in Phone); ability to disable contacts from primary Windows Live ID
Storage expansion: Figure out microSD expansion, support it
Networking: Support for hidden networks and static IP addresses; Wi-Fi hotspot; tethering
Media playback: Support for DLNA push and pull in the core OS; two-way Media Center integration
Internet Explorer: Bring IE Mobile up to IE 9 desktop standards (as close as is feasible), with HTML 5, support, etc.; do not allow carriers to replace Bing search in browser unless you provide a way for user to switch it back
PC integration: App synchronization with Zune PC software, as with Zune devices; allow manual wireless sync with phone-based software trigger (as on Zune HD)
Music + Videos: Over-the-air access to podcasts; audio-only playback of video podcasts; gapless music playback; on-device playlist management; better video playback controls (i.e. scrubbing) and aspect ratio adjust; bring Zune player to full functional parity with Zune HD
Marketplace: Fix widely reported bugs; access a special area of Marketplace where purchased/downloaded apps are organized for user; Marketplace search should provide a way to filter by content type
Office Mobile: SharePoint like document access via Windows Live SkyDrive
Screenshot capability built into the phone, a la iPhone
Photo sync: Allow for folder management, photo naming on import to PC, or allow for integration with Windows Live Photo Gallery or other photo importing applications
Performance: General improvements across the board
Accessibility: Match what Apple is doing for the vision impaired and others with disabilities
Messaging: Add support for video send
Consistent access to Bing and Zune services in all supported locales
Zune Pass with multiple Windows Live ID support (aka “Family Pass”)
Alarm app: Add a simple timer with countdown
SharePoint: Support non-UAG authentication
Developer: Increase support for all Windows Phone functions
Update: I’ve placed many (but not nearly all) of your suggestions into the list. Maybe it’s time to sort this and perhaps “weight” items by need. Regardless, thanks to everyone who’s contributed to already, and in so much depth, and so quickly. That’s just good stuff.
So what say to a second post where maybe each feature/bug fix request is separated out and we can all pick our top five or whatever?