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Tell Microsoft your ideas via the Windows Feature Suggestion Box

Users are now able to provide feedback and make suggestions for Windows 10 with the help of the Windows Feature Suggestion Box. Greg Shultz explains.

Windows 10

Are you using the Windows 10 Technical Preview? Have you encountered anything that you don't like? Is there anything that you would like to see in the operating system? Well, now's your chance to tell Microsoft about your ideas! The best part is that there's a really good chance that they'll listen. Let's take a look.

Running on top of UserVoice, a software-as-a-service provider of customer support tools, the Windows Feature Suggestion Box provides Windows users a chance to provide feedback and make suggestions for Windows 10. When you arrive at the home page (Figure A), you'll find that there are a number of ways that you can offer your suggestions. For example, you can suggest new features or you can vote on existing feature suggestions. Be conscientious, because you only get 20 votes!

Figure A

Figure A

The Windows Feature Suggestion Box allows you to influence the next version of Windows.

Take a few moments to read through the instructions and the disclaimer. You can then sign in using an email address. If you choose not to sign in on the home page, you'll be prompted to enter an email address when you vote or enter a suggestion. You can also participate anonymously if you wish.

To begin, go over to the Search panel, enter a term that best represents your idea, and click the search button. The reason that I suggest searching first is that Microsoft will be more likely to take a suggestion seriously if a multitude of users express an interest it. In other words, it will more effective for users to vote on a similar suggestion rather than have thousands of variations of the same suggestion clogging up the pipeline and making the analysis more difficult.

When the results appear (Figure B), scan through them and see if your idea has already been suggested.

Figure B

Figure B

Use the Search feature to see if your idea has already been suggested.

If you find that someone has already made a suggestion similar to yours, you can access the suggestion, and then vote on it by clicking the Vote button (Figure C). As you can see, there's a comment panel that allows you to add your two cents. You then read through the comments of others.

Figure C

Figure C

If you find that your idea has already been suggested, you can then add your vote and comment on the idea.

When you click the Vote button, you'll be prompted to enter your email address (if you wish). You can then choose between 1 and 3 votes, depending on how much emphasis you want to exert. You'll then see your vote added to the tally as well as your vote count (Figure D).

Figure D

Figure D

After you vote, you'll see the tally of votes.

If you don't see a suggestion similar to yours, select the Enter your idea here text box and fill in the required information (Figure E). You'll give your suggestion a title, select a category, enter a description, choose your vote expenditure, enter your email address (if you wish), and click the Post idea button.

Figure E

Figure E

If you have a unique idea, just fill in the form, select your vote, and click the Post idea button.

Later, you can select the My feedback option and check on the status of the items that you've suggested and voted on (Figure F).

Figure F

Figure F

Use the My feedback feature to check on the status of your entries and votes.

If you want to mill around and look at other suggestions, you can use the Search feature again, or you can select a category from the list and scroll through the suggestions (Figure G). If you see one that you like, just click the Vote button.

Figure G

Figure G

You can use categories to mill around and vote for other suggestions.

You can also see other suggestions by selecting the Hot, Top, or New categories.

What's your take?

Have you ever wanted to send Microsoft a suggestion for an improvement or new feature in Windows? Will you take advantage of the Windows Feature Suggestion Box? Share your opinion in the discussion thread below.

About Greg Shultz

Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.

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