Going way back to the opening annoncement at MWC 2010 when Ballmer unveiled Windows Phone 7 and continuing up through today we have heard the importance of developers.  When members of the Windows Phone team get cornered they always tell how important making and keeping the developers happy is.  This week’s MIX ‘11 event is a perfect time to ask…what about us, the users?  Is the features we are most requesting get a priority ranking?  It would seem pretty misguided to give developers additional tools and have them produce apps we won’t use very often instead of pouring time into getting features implemented that we would use daily.

Here’s your chance my fellow early adopters of Windows Phone.  Hit the comments or hit us up on twitter at @MobilityDigest with your most desired features you’d like to see.  I want real-time gaming with Xbox counterparts and landscape support.  What else has you salivating?


  1. uhh.. hmm.

    Bing Maps with vector imaging and 3D turn by turn with super-good offline cachine and text to speech with a knob I can adjust to control the voice’s seductiveness for Android. I’ve already got that but maybe Microsoft can make it a little better. Oh and that angled satellite/airplane view so I can see the buildings in satellite mode like normal but sort of diagonally a bit. That’s hot.

  2. After thinking about this some more I really want a great Windows Live Messenger app. That combined with an updated Bing engine would be totally sweet. All about the apps but a strong suite of services is a close 2nd.

  3. I know it’s only 2011 but for F&%K$ sake can you let me send a contact to someone like I used to 15 years ago please. Even as an official MS free app?
    Can we get custom ring tones?
    Can we get bluetooth multiplayer gaming?
    It aint rocket science!

  4. Agree with Murani Lewis, a nice Windows Live app would be welcome. I would also like syncing of multiple calendars, but most of all I would like marketaccess, I live in an unsupported country. That´s not rocket science either.

  5. Well wouldn’t you agree that at least 80% of the people walking into an AT&T shop wouldn’t return their new phone if they discovered that they couldn’t choose from outside of what I assume is at least a decent collection of sound files, that 16gigs or whatever is insufficient for their porn stuff, customizing? Dialer up front, that means something has to go away, maybe everything that is taking up these front-row tiles is, on average, used more frequently by people than the phone itself?

    That said, modeling your design after a regular non-XDA-surfing consumer’s probable taste with nothing extra to confuse or frighten him while he’s skydiving, that’s probably only a good idea if you’re confident you’ll snatch the attention of Joe when he parachutes into his local phone joint. By trimming these other things out, they create thorns in the side of what I suspect is the most potentially loyal of the base they could be building, fervently so, and that is the likes of you and others in this world which really isn’t that small to write off. There are a lot of us. I have no idea how many, but a lot. Did you know there are over four million threads on XDA? On my dusty ultra-ultra-niche site blownfuze, just a static page with no porn whatsoever that I haven’t updated in what, over a year, is getting hundreds of visitors a day still, not counting the tilt2 subdomain. That’s not a small number when you take into consideration that it’s just basically a glorified FAQ thread on some XDA forum sticky minus a commenting function and just intended for the AT&T Fuze.

    Not accommodating that crowd a little more thoroughly than they did may have been a miscalculation on their part.

    Here, this is funny, a comment I came across on slashdot the other day:

  6. Man, you guys and the games. I got into, and by that I mean practically obsessed with, three games in my life: Microsoft Flight Simulator when I was a child and then a few years ago when the previous tenant left a sweet joystick behind, Dopewars which is a classic that runs on anything even a TI-82 calculator and Grand Theft Auto. Other than that, focused my digital recreation on girly pictures.

    Just discovered tumblr the other day, oh man they’ve got some good, top shelf classy stuff there. Devoted a Google account just for tumblr feeds so I have that stuff coming in on another Google Reader reader, also so Google doesn’t judge me on my “professional” account in case I want to “like” a picture or start sharing with you guys. Problem with tumblr is that the resolution on these shots are too low so for the really good ones you have to do a TinEye reverse image search to try to get a better one. That TinEye really comes in handy and if you guys are into .. photography like I am, it works in Firefox and Chrome.

    Anyway. They got GTA for WP7?

    I’mma go check to see if we had any Microsoft eyes on this thread.

  7. yes we did, congrats:

    tide536.microsoft.com – – [12/Apr/2011:20:22:11 -0400] “GET /blankmd.gif HTTP/1.1” 200 342 “http://mobilitydigest.com/hey-microsoft-we-the-people-are-important-too/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MobilityDigest+%28Mobility+Digest%29&utm_content=FaceBook” “Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 9.0; Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; Trident/5.0)”
    tide508.microsoft.com – – [12/Apr/2011:20:25:16 -0400] “GET /blankmd.gif HTTP/1.1” 200 342 “http://mobilitydigest.com/hey-microsoft-we-the-people-are-important-too/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MobilityDigest+%28Mobility+Digest%29” “Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 9.0; Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; Trident/5.0; BOIE9;ENUSMSNIP)”

  8. i think MS would do well just getting the basic features off the ground…. no custom ring tones, even the shittiest little nokia phone can use a custom ringtone. even if you only allowed polyphonic ones that would be better than the preloaded crap that comes on these things… next, your horribly lacking in bluetooth profiles, i dont think file transfer over bluetooth is even possible on these things (maybe if your bluetoothed to your computer with zune) and definately need more options for customizing stuff other than position of your tiles and background color. flash support. removable memory that doesnt need to be married to your phone (divorce rates are up you know) for god sakes make the dialer appear by default when you press the phone tile!!! how does anyone not find it incredibly annoying to hit the phone button and then hit the dialer button after that… and to top it all off, no smart dialing… i would consider all of these basic features. integrated xbox live gaming with console counterparts…. we dont have custom ringtones yet i doubt that will happen anytime soon.

  9. I want custom ring tones, multi tasking, the ability to use call screeners, and speed dial from the dialer by just long pressing the numbers.

  10. ill bet if there was a list of what windows phone DOES right now that other phones DONT do…. it would be dwarfed by the list of what windows phone doesnt do right now that other phones have been doing for any number of years now. ease of use doesnt mean anything if the phone wont do what should be pretty easy anyway…

  11. Ahh yess thanks for reminding me sm0k3ydaband1t, where the F*&% is quick/smart dial. I want a NOKIA WP7 so bad. NOKIA, please bring back the sanity.

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