01-25-2018 07:25 AM
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  1. Dono Newcomb's Avatar
    I thought this would be a fun little thread idea. Where do we see technology heading, or hope to see it heading?

    For me, I would like to see this idea of a computer core that goes in our pocket become a reality. Starting with simple functionality of a system that can operate independently as a phone/mini-tablet but being modular in nature, so that depending on the hardware we dock it to it can become more. Changing from this to a full real laptop, or to a full on gaming monster or graphic/3d design beast. Each unit being capable of integrating and utilizing setups containing things like other processors and Customizable SLI gaming mainboards, or a plethora of other accessories making our personal computer able to go anywhere with us while maintaining at least a basic level of functionality on their own while on the go. That's where I would like to see things end up.

    What about you guys? Wishlist anyone?
    01-09-2018 04:18 PM
  2. Old_Mil's Avatar
    Honestly, I am using my Acer W4 for almost everything. The 8" tablet form factor is ideal for. E, striking the best compromise between battery life, portability, and screen size. I find that with anything bigger, I would just as soon use a laptop with a large screen and physical keyboard and that the screens on phablet phones are still too small.

    I would love to see an updated version of this tablet someday, the Windows 10 equivalent of an iPad mini but I doubt that I will.
    01-10-2018 08:31 AM
  3. jame91's Avatar
    awesome post ! Thank you for sharing . easy sketch pro 3
    01-11-2018 03:25 AM
  4. WPuser2012's Avatar
    1) Surface phone
    2) More apps on XBOX one

    I thought this would be a fun little thread idea. Where do we see technology heading, or hope to see it heading?

    For me, I would like to see this idea of a computer core that goes in our pocket become a reality. Starting with simple functionality of a system that can operate independently as a phone/mini-tablet but being modular in nature, so that depending on the hardware we dock it to it can become more. Changing from this to a full real laptop, or to a full on gaming monster or graphic/3d design beast. Each unit being capable of integrating and utilizing setups containing things like other processors and Customizable SLI gaming mainboards, or a plethora of other accessories making our personal computer able to go anywhere with us while maintaining at least a basic level of functionality on their own while on the go. That's where I would like to see things end up.

    What about you guys? Wishlist anyone?
    psurob55 likes this.
    01-17-2018 09:39 AM
  5. LIEBER's Avatar
    Assuming there will be a foldable Surface device... what battery life to expect? The three announced 2-1 one ARM based Windows 10 machines (HP, Asus, Lenovo) seem to have a battery life of 20+ hours. A pocketable machine will probably have much smaller battery --> either shorter battery life or slower performance, or both.
    01-17-2018 10:02 AM
  6. Vittorio Vaselli's Avatar
    Honestly, I am using my Acer W4 for almost everything. The 8" tablet form factor is ideal for. E, striking the best compromise between battery life, portability, and screen size. I find that with anything bigger, I would just as soon use a laptop with a large screen and physical keyboard and that the screens on phablet phones are still too small.

    I would love to see an updated version of this tablet someday, the Windows 10 equivalent of an iPad mini but I doubt that I will.
    Sounds like a foldable 5"->8" device could be perfect for you.
    01-17-2018 10:05 AM
  7. Vittorio Vaselli's Avatar
    Assuming there will be a foldable Surface device... what battery life to expect? The three announced 2-1 one ARM based Windows 10 machines (HP, Asus, Lenovo) seem to have a battery life of 20+ hours. A pocketable machine will probably have much smaller battery --> either shorter battery life or slower performance, or both.
    Also smaller screen, BTW why compare device with different OS? If a mobile device is released they won't put a desktop OS on it.
    01-17-2018 10:06 AM
  8. MARTY1774's Avatar
    idol 4 s and invoke
    01-17-2018 10:20 AM
  9. Awhispersecho's Avatar
    A new CEO. At this point I would be fine with a Cortana powered device taking the place of the current person (whose name I refuse to mention)

    Other than that, I want to see the new Surface device that isn't intended for me. Should be at the least, very interesting. Still wish they would have just made A Surface Phone like the mock up a we saw for a couple years.
    01-17-2018 11:07 AM
  10. Joe920's Avatar
    I wish I wish we would get a surface laptop with a Yoga hinge and TB3 support. The Surface Laptop would have been near-perfect if not for the missing tablet mode.

    I wouldn't mind some non-dorky looking VR goggles with 180deg FOV..

    And dang it, if they come out with a sleek Surface Phone with TB3 support I might even fall for that.
    Dono Newcomb likes this.
    01-17-2018 11:19 AM
  11. Roman DeSilva's Avatar
    As far as software goes, I just want the SAME apps Microsoft puts on other platforms with all the same features. See add-ins for Skype. See the pix app. The outlook app from Android instead of the mail app in windows. The list goes on. OS wise, please bring ALL the features from Windows mobile to windows 10. Folders that are live and can be labeled. Custom notification sounds. Again, the list goes on. If they can also allow windows mobile apps to run on windows, that's be great. Hardware wise, Surface Phone. Nuff said. At this point, I just wish they'd take Cortana seriously. Since Nadella has taken over, I can't say I've been a fan.
    01-17-2018 11:21 AM
  12. Manus Imperceptus's Avatar
    VR on Xbox One X. Definitely!

    Besides that, I'm hoping for a single-display foldable device running full W10 as a supplementary portable pc and phone replacement...
    Antonht likes this.
    01-17-2018 11:38 AM
  13. psurob55's Avatar
    1) Surface phone
    2) More apps on XBOX one
    This + more cortana skills to make the invoke and other cortana speakers / hardware a viable home automation competitor!

    -xbox skill (use invoke to replace kinect speaker for xbox one)
    -harmony hub skill
    -ecobee skill
    01-17-2018 11:47 AM
  14. 13paul13's Avatar
    Microsoft to better test / provide better quality with app updates to ensure they're working properly. I'm not on any Insider builds on my Surface Pro 4, but some of Microsoft's own apps are currently not working or functioning.

    1. Mail - this has not synced for 4 days now. I only have 1 Outlook and 1 Hotmail account added to the app, both set to sync items as they arrive. But this isn't happening, and even attempting a manual sync doesn't work - it just forever shows the sync dots (for want of a better word for them!) going across the screen.
    2. Weather - the app is stuck on the Splash screen. The live tile is updating, but the app just won't open. (Resetting the app has not resolved the issue.)



    Going back to the Mail app, over the past year there have been numerous updates to it which have constantly 'broken' one aspect or other of it - i.e. badge notification on the Mail app icon on the taskbar not disappearing, unread mail counter within the app not going down when an email has been read and live tile not updating to name a few (all at different times). These are fixed in a newer app update, but then another update comes out which breaks something else. When the app is finally working as it should, I dread getting an update to it as I fear that something will 'break'.

    In my opinion, these issues should not be making it to a production build - app updates are first rolled out to those on the Insider builds I understand and so this should be picked up at that stage, and fixed prior to updating the app to those on non-Insider builds. It is just not a good customer experience.

    Maybe Microsoft can also fix the "plugged in, not charging" issue I have since updating to the Fall Creators Update. The reason I've connected the charger is because the device is low on battery and needs charging..!! Why don't you charge it?! I sometimes have to take the charger out and reinsert 3 or 4 times before it then decides to charge the battery.

    I file Feedback for issues, but frankly feel like I waste my time in doing so.

    Microsoft really need to up their game in a testing/quality standpoint. If ever this foldable Andromeda device becomes a reality, it's very unlikely to be cheap and those on non-Insider builds on those devices will be expecting app to be reliable and to work all the time for the money they'll be paying for the device - not be broken and fixed days later in a future update and then broken again, etc.
    J Dubbs likes this.
    01-17-2018 12:15 PM
  15. sniperboywc's Avatar
    I'm not wishing for much because I know Microsoft takes away more than it ever gives. Anyway, I just want flight stick support on the Xbox One. The PS4 has supported flights for a long time but Microsoft just ignores it.
    01-17-2018 03:06 PM
  16. Dono Newcomb's Avatar
    As far as batteries go, I know there have been some advancement lately with graphene that supposed to make batteries not only last longer but also charge much much faster. My Elite x3 already has surprisingly good battery life. I expect new batteries to last much longer especially with the hardware advancements of late consuming less power by themselves. I guess we will just have to see who is actually taking advantage of these things.
    01-17-2018 03:19 PM
  17. macgyverated's Avatar
    Call me crazy, but I'm still a fan of the smaller 8 inch tablets. I'm an IT manager, and while I have a full-tilt monster desktop at my disposal, when I'm roaming our 50,000 square foot facility, even my Lenovo Miix 510 Surface clone seems too big to lug around for simple tasks. I have a Nuvision 8" 1920x1200 Atom-powered tablet that works just fine for remoting into other machines, checking network stats and my helpdesk software, etc.
    Also, working in IT, that last thing I want in my home is some smart speaker literally listening to everything that gets said in the house so that it can decide whether or not I'm talking to it. I bought an Invoke, on sale, and intended to just use it as a Bluetooth speaker only, because the sound quality really is terrific. I found you MUST set it up through Cortana and link it up to your MS account BEFORE it will allow you to pair it through Bluetooth to your phone or other device. Frustrating... I worked around it by temporarily changing my Wi-Fi password and using that to allow it to do its initial set-up and allowing me to pair via BT, then changing the password back so that it has no connection to my network.
    As far as other things I'm hoping to see... The Courier, of course :)
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    01-17-2018 06:15 PM
  18. jbrown9100's Avatar
    I'd like to see Microsoft commit to something in the consumer space and stick to it. I love the idea of Cortana but as an, optimistic owner of two Harmon Kardon Invoke speakers, I'm concerned the pace of Cortana's skills growth indicates that Microsoft is not committed to making it a first class user interface now that Windows Phone is dead.
    01-17-2018 06:44 PM
  19. Dave Liao's Avatar
    On my wish list on the Windows front? A ThinkPad 25 (either secondhand or whatever they refresh it to this year). That keyboard.
    01-17-2018 08:29 PM
  20. silvertonesx24's Avatar
    I want to see Cortana integration for custom macros. The only thing I do with Cortana is ask the weather. If I could create macros and tell them to execute some things in my life would become so much more convenient and the power of voice assist would just open up so much.

    I know this isn't going to come from Microsoft but at least open up the power for third party developers.
    01-17-2018 09:27 PM
  21. QuietNine's Avatar
    • Skype, on Win10 desktop and iOS/Android, with encrypted chat storage at rest and MF'ing SMS RELAY goddamit.
    • Full smart-home-hub brought to Cortana on Xbox. Its the assistant we all already have in our living room, make it useful.
    • Improve performance of Cortana on Xbox and skillset on all devices. This includes a room-open-mic replacement for Kinect...
    • Adblock extensions on Edge Mobile for iOS/Android. No reason to switch from Firefox on Android/iOS until this happens.
    • I'd love to see a great foldable hardware, but i'd rather see a great one next year than a halfass one this year, so get it right.
    • Xbox VR. Not that we need it, but if PS is the only install base supporting multiplat VR's in 2018/2019, thats bad for MS
    • A mobile platform. If its MS Launcher, get off your *** and make it better than Nova. If its Windows on ARM, lets get it polished. If its a Windows-Android variant, maybe cut a deal with either Google or Amazon because apps are a dealbreaker.
    • A wearable platform. No one has nailed this yet. Either they have great hardware and terrible software (Samsung), or they have great software and terrible hardware (Apple WatchOS, AndroidWear). Buy fitbit, ungimp their OS, keep them multiplatform?
    • Buy Pandora. There is so much consumer good will there, and its on everything, and with the premium transition, its going to get even more prevalent. The Radio is better than spotify, even if spotify has a larger library and the interesting discover playlists.
    • Build a linux version of Edge. With Extensions. Tell us how much you love linux again.
    • Add support for usb devices to Windows linux subsystems. whats the point of using a subsystem for dev if im stuck on ntfs only drives?
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    01-17-2018 09:30 PM
  22. covfefe's Avatar
    The Surface Crevice... which will quickly be axed after Samsung and LG release their flexible OLED screen folding devices with no stupid crevice in the middle.
    01-18-2018 12:00 AM
  23. BajanSaint69's Avatar
    Ok for 2018, I'd like to see a Surface phone ( or "not phone" but with phone capabilities) certainly the return of MS to Mobile computing.

    Longer term, there was a concept in a book called Abundance that I'd like to see them take up.

    That of a tricorder.

    a hand held device capable of medical diagnosis. There was an X-prize for it recently.

    The difficult bit seems to be more the sensors than the computing capability. Given the experience with Microsoft Health and Band, I think this would be an interesting new area for Microsoft to venture into.

    How's that for something different?
    Dono Newcomb likes this.
    01-18-2018 11:14 AM
  24. Gopakumar R's Avatar
    Love to see a surface device that can be used for telephony and super portable. Just don't call it a phone and it might sell.
    More Cortana skills and moreover MS keep her alive.
    Better Xbox with more apps and entertainment and smart home focus

    Better developer support and re assurance that the platforms are going to live a healthy life.
    There is lot more than just Azure and Windows
    01-18-2018 02:41 PM
  25. Dono Newcomb's Avatar
    These are some great posts. Love the Tricorder idea. Its funny, while the actual Tricorder is out of reach for the moment, the idea behind it is not so far fetched. My Wife is a nurse and I can imagine her using a central hand held device that can be paired with wireless leads for monitoring and recording vitals that automatically attach these reading to the patient's chart so that doctors and other specialists can get real-time updates even if they are not in the same part of the campus. Very good idea. I heard that they are actually working on something like that, but not that incorporates a handheld wireless device. You better run and put a patent on that, lol.

    QuietNine, that's a pretty comprehensive list I would love to see a lot of that too. My son would love that Linux compatibility as well.
    01-24-2018 03:56 PM
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