Windows Feature Suggestions
A new operating system from Microsoft, the Windows 10, will unify Windows PC, Windows Phone, Windows Embedded and Xbox One in one platform with just a different GUI and is scheduled to be released in mid 2015.
However a public beta testing program is available for desktop computer and some compatible smart phones (Lumia) so any user can try it out them self.
Microsoft also announced a Windows Feature Suggestions service available at windows.uservoice.com that provides the Windows PC/Tablet user community with a channel for ideas, suggestions and feedback to help Microsoft to build better operating system.
Users may add their suggestions to this forum as well as give votes for other interesting suggestions. After you register your Insider account, you will be also able to add suggestions, voting or comment suggestions.
Suggestions that we are interested in:
If you have the same opinion, please vote for these suggestions!
Add "Search on Internet" option when trying to open unknown file types
Windows 8 and Windows 10 operating systems both try to look up a suitable program for unknown extension in Windows Store database, which leads to poor or in case of more uncommon file types none result. Microsoft should add another option, such as to allows users to find software for unknown file type directly on the Internet via Bink, or other search engine.
Search for app option in Windows Store
Unhide file extensions by default
This option will help users to open the correct file in situation where several files with same name but different extension are in same folder. For example, "ProgramName.exe" and they try to open "ProgramName.ini", "ProgramName.config", "ProgramName.dll", or similar in the same folder because they can't see the file extension.
It also protects users, because malware and viruses often abuse hidden extension to trick the user to open file with misleading extension.
File name extension option enabled by default
Disable "Hide extensions for known file types" by default.
Solves similar problems as previous "Unhide file extensions by default" suggestion.
Hide extensions for known file types disabled by default
Replace all the icons with fresh modern look. Some of them are really, really old.
Some option windows have icons and look that have been there forever (from Windows 95, or older Widnows), change that.
Some other interesting suggestions with many votes:
- Add support for .rar .7z and .bz2 file types within File Explorer
- Add tabs to Windows Explorer/File Explorer
- Working Recycle Bin icon on Taskbar
- Show Folder Size in File Explorer
- Time-Machine Like Backup
Some other interesting suggestions for gamers:
- Game Mode
- Run Xbox Live games on Windows 10 and sync user data / game saves to OneDrive
- Support older games better
Windows Features Suggestions forum in Spartan browser (now Edge browser)
How to get Windows 10 preview
To get your hands on an installation of Windows 10 Insider Preview you need to register account on Microsoft Insider Program webpage. After that, you will be able to download an ISO images with installation of 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows 10.
Windows 10 Insider Preview with new Spartan Internet browser (now known as Edge browser)
If you are owner of Windows 7, or Windows 8 operating system, you can update your current system to Windows 10 Insider Preview via Windows Update Service. Go to Insider webpage and click on Start upgrade now button → Download a small tool and run it in your computer. After that your Windows Update will inform you about new Windows 10 actualization for your system.
Download ISO image of Windows 10 on Microsoft Insider website
It is recommended to not use Windows 10 Insider Preview as a primary operating system, because testing versions may contain a lot of bugs that can cause system crashes, other programs malfunctions, hardware incompatibility etc. You can install Windows 10 as second operating system to your computer, or to another that doesn't contains any case sensitive data. You can also install it to virtual machine created by VMware Workstation, VirtualBox, or Parallels Desktop.