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  1. Christopher Lindsay's Avatar
    How about make two toned special edition Lumia phones that take after marvel comic heroes. With hero ringtones and stock sounds lol.
    06-02-2014 04:03 PM
  2. Christopher Lindsay's Avatar
    Better Xbox integration. Get some arcade games that can played on you Xbox and Windows Phone and all achievements. Then work on getting more 3d games that work on Xbox and Windows Phone. (I think Halo:Spartan Assault is the only one).

    I also think that if you have Windows Phone you get Xbox Live Gold free. That would make me throw money. I hate paying $10 a month for it.

    For the first part they are getting there with Universal Apps. But Windows Phone needs more universal games as well, as they have Xbox Integration which no other platform has and they should leverage it. Microsoft should also make sure that apps that are companion to games on Xbox 360/One should be out on Windows Phone the same day as Android and iOS. (For example, has UniSoft even confirmed a WatchDogs app for WP?). Companion apps to Xbox games should be a priority along with regular ones.

    Window Phone already has a killer feature in Xbox, but it needs to be implemented better so it can market towards gamers who own Xbox consoles. Then this could be implemented in a Surface phone with the latest specs and on all 4 carriers and I think you may have a winner.

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    Xbox integration is something Microsoft could do you exclusively since I'm sure they have plenty of connections with game developers.
    06-02-2014 04:05 PM
  3. osars ehi's Avatar
    please vote for this feature and share with as many people as you can.
    actionable notification, always on cortana, picture password – Feature Suggestions for Windows Phone
    06-02-2014 04:18 PM
  4. A895's Avatar
    Xbox integration is something Microsoft could do you exclusively since I'm sure they have plenty of connections with game developers.
    That's what I was thinking too. They really need to step up their Xbox Integration because it could really be a killer feature to market and people who play on Xbox would eat it up if they knew their phone can play some of the same games ad their Xbox and it can be a true Xbox companion through and through.

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    06-02-2014 04:38 PM
  5. a5cent's Avatar
    Like what? a fingerprint scanner like iOS and Android did? Or the new camera functions Android implemented with the latest firmwares ( Samsung in special! ).
    Nah. Not that those aren't good ideas, but they already exist. You can't get anyone to switch to WP for the sake of "me too" features. The excitement for those features has already passed. Adding those features now isn't about creating excitement, but about remaining competitive!

    If it's not original. If it's not exciting. Then it won't get the masses interested in WP. You can't create a killer feature by polishing around the edges either. It must be big. It must be bold. It must be obvious and easy to grasp.

    I think this thread just shows how difficult this sort of thing is.
    06-02-2014 08:45 PM
  6. MikeSo's Avatar
    An established app releasing a WP only upgrade.
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    06-02-2014 08:51 PM
  7. MikeSo's Avatar
    In my mind, the one killer WP feature would be a merged OS (Windows and Windows Phone). It's an idea that's not new and is expected in the future, but I think it might help WP take off.
    I think they're getting there. Just like websites these days are designed with both phone and computers in mind, and change layout depending on the device but keep functionality the same, there's no reason that the next version of Windows won't do the same.
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    06-02-2014 08:54 PM
  8. MikeSo's Avatar
    Except that isn't really a feature at all. Not that I think it's a bad idea, but on its own, that is a purely technical statement about how OS' relate to each other. Almost no average consumer cares about that. IMHO you'd need to at least explain what benefits you expect from it.

    IMHO a lot of people like that idea because it is vague enough for anyone to interpret it however they want, without having to actually get specific.

    I do believe that is necessary, but I'm not sure it's sellable as a killer feature, primarily because I don't think you can get the average Joe excited about it. Maybe I'm wrong. I just don't see it.
    I think it's a killer feature because it will explode the app market, if done right, the only real obstacle so far too WP success.
    06-02-2014 08:56 PM
  9. MikeSo's Avatar
    It's really as simple as the salesperson at the ATT store telling the customer "you have a PC? Take a look at this Windows Phone. It works the exact same way. You don't need to learn anything different."
    Wait, do you want them to buy a WP, or run screaming? Most people still sit with their Windows 7 PCs and barely put up with them and have heard how horrible this new Windows 8 is. They certainly don't want to deal with that on their phones.
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    06-02-2014 08:59 PM
  10. MikeSo's Avatar
    Personally I think the scanner is a bit of a gimmick but the public eats that stuff up. WP needs something awesome like that.
    Yup, gimmicks sell. Just look at Samsung.
    06-02-2014 09:00 PM
  11. smoledman's Avatar
    First copy all the great features of Android/iOS and than add some unique ones.
    06-02-2014 09:00 PM
  12. a5cent's Avatar
    I think it's a killer feature because it will explode the app market, if done right, the only real obstacle so far too WP success.
    Yeah, I really want to believe that.

    I'm definitely with you on what is standing in the way of WP's success, although I'm sceptical you are approaching it from the right angle. On the other hand, I don't know what the right angle is either, so I admit my criticism sucks. Maybe I'm just becoming cynical.

    I remember hearing how having metro run on the desktop would explode the metro app market and look where it is. It's even worse off than WP. At this point I'm not entirely convinced that combining an unsuccessful Metro runtime environment with a barely successful WP will lead to much at all. I'm more inclined to believe that nothing MS can do will alleviate the app situation, except more market share, which it will have to achieve despite the app gap.

    Convince me otherwise?
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    06-02-2014 09:26 PM
  13. smoledman's Avatar
    Yup, gimmicks sell. Just look at Samsung.
    That's because Samsung implemented theirs poorly while Apple did it right.
    06-02-2014 10:13 PM
  14. BobLobIaw's Avatar
    Wait, do you want them to buy a WP, or run screaming? Most people still sit with their Windows 7 PCs and barely put up with them and have heard how horrible this new Windows 8 is. They certainly don't want to deal with that on their phones.
    Ha ha, good one! That is the status at the moment, at least if you listen to many of the clown tech writers. I think most people that have given Windows 8/8.1 a chance actually like it. The question is whether they will eventually move away from desktop mode and go all in with the Metro UI. Like any other iteration of Windows, adoption will be gradual and once people learn it they will crave continuity. That's not even factoring in any users that develop an affinity through the Surface or other Windows tablets. Having said that, the bar is not set very high to achieve dramatic success from a merged OS because even if half of the existing Windows 8.1 users consider switching to Windows Phone, the whole mobile landscape would be turned on its head.
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    06-02-2014 11:19 PM
  15. wpgeek820's Avatar
    I can just stare and wonder at my Windows Phone for this stupid feature that's missing.

    Manual Wi-Fi settings to assign static IP.

    At this stage, I don't even want to talk about it. It's pathetic. Those of you working in a corporate world will almost immediately understand what I mean.

    Guess what? I've spent 100s of bucks on my mobile internet over the past 1.5 years in my office because of this missing feature. I am unable to connect to WiFi in office because my office has disabled DHCP and relies on static IP to set up WiFi for higher security. Every other ******* phone in the office supports this except my Windows Phone. This just sucks big time. I just hope, really really hope this at least comes with the Cyan update.

    Also, the IT guy in the office points finger and just laughs at my phone. It's just plain embarrassing.
    06-02-2014 11:44 PM
  16. A895's Avatar
    Ha ha, good one! That is the status at the moment, at least if you listen to many of the clown tech writers. I think most people that have given Windows 8/8.1 a chance actually like it. The question is whether they will eventually move away from desktop mode and go all in with the Metro UI. Like any other iteration of Windows, adoption will be gradual and once people learn it they will crave continuity. That's not even factoring in any users that develop an affinity through the Surface or other Windows tablets. Having said that, the bar is not set very high to achieve dramatic success from a merged OS because even if half of the existing Windows 8.1 users consider switching to Windows Phone, the whole mobile landscape would be turned on its head.
    While Windows 8.1 user base is large. It won't do much compared to 100s of millions of iOS and Android devices out there. While having the sake OS on your phone and computer is cool, I think they should do someone of the same integration like iOS has and also focus on their Bing and Xbox Services. That's their most stand out features is that they have all Xbox services on WP.

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    06-03-2014 06:45 AM
  17. Christopher Lindsay's Avatar
    I FIGURED IT OUT!!! what if you could mirror you're Xbox game onto your phone. Kinda like the Wii u controller. This would allow you to play Xbox games away from the tv on your own Wi-Fi network.
    06-03-2014 12:36 PM
  18. MikeSo's Avatar
    I can just stare and wonder at my Windows Phone for this stupid feature that's missing.

    Manual Wi-Fi settings to assign static IP.

    At this stage, I don't even want to talk about it. It's pathetic. Those of you working in a corporate world will almost immediately understand what I mean.

    Guess what? I've spent 100s of bucks on my mobile internet over the past 1.5 years in my office because of this missing feature. I am unable to connect to WiFi in office because my office has disabled DHCP and relies on static IP to set up WiFi for higher security. Every other ******* phone in the office supports this except my Windows Phone. This just sucks big time. I just hope, really really hope this at least comes with the Cyan update.

    Also, the IT guy in the office points finger and just laughs at my phone. It's just plain embarrassing.
    Wait, so this IT guy doesn't know that DHCP can be set up to assign IP addresses ONLY to approved devices, thus helping you out while not making it less secure? And they use secure WiFi obviously anyway. Maybe he should stop being a jerk and do his job.
    06-03-2014 12:36 PM
  19. Cleavitt76's Avatar
    Wait, so this IT guy doesn't know that DHCP can be set up to assign IP addresses ONLY to approved devices, thus helping you out while not making it less secure? And they use secure WiFi obviously anyway. Maybe he should stop being a jerk and do his job.
    Exactly. MAC address filtering is often used as an additional security layer for Wifi networks. It will prevent unknown devices from connecting to an access point, but it does not preclude the use of DHCP.

    Static IP assignment does not provide any additional security over DHCP reservations. It only changes whether the configuration is done on each client or in a centralized manner via the wireless infrastructure. From an IT perspective, the centralized DHCP reservation approach would be preferable to managing settings on each and every device. Just keeping track of which IP addresses have been given out to devices and if those devices are still active would be a headache without DHCP. I'm guessing he tracks that with a spreadsheet or something. I sounds like your IT guy needs to start working smarter not harder.

    I get the impression that you work for a smaller company with limited IT staff. In a larger company, or a company with talented IT staff, a guy like that would probably not be successful. He would be shunned by other IT team members for creating more problems than he solves.
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    06-03-2014 03:13 PM
  20. wpgeek820's Avatar
    Exactly. MAC address filtering is often used as an additional security layer for Wifi networks. It will prevent unknown devices from connecting to an access point, but it does not preclude the use of DHCP.

    Static IP assignment does not provide any additional security over DHCP reservations. It only changes whether the configuration is done on each client or in a centralized manner via the wireless infrastructure. From an IT perspective, the centralized DHCP reservation approach would be preferable to managing settings on each and every device. Just keeping track of which IP addresses have been given out to devices and if those devices are still active would be a headache without DHCP. I'm guessing he tracks that with a spreadsheet or something. I sounds like your IT guy needs to start working smarter not harder.

    I get the impression that you work for a smaller company with limited IT staff. In a larger company, or a company with talented IT staff, a guy like that would probably not be successful. He would be shunned by other IT team members for creating more problems than he solves.
    Wow, you were very accurate there. I do work for a small company. And as you said, he also maintains an excel spreadsheet to maintain the assigned IPs so as to not get confused.

    Now, if he needs to use that MAC address filter thing you just mentioned (I'm sorry, I don't have much knowledge on networks and by the looks of it my IT guy doesn't either) will it affect other users? Does he have to reconfigure his router settings? He says there is no way to configure without assigning static IP at all. If there's a way my phone can be an exception, I will try to look up a tutorial online and tell him how to do it.
    06-04-2014 02:22 AM
  21. phasar's Avatar
    FM radio without the need of a headphone antenna.
    06-04-2014 10:53 AM
  22. Cleavitt76's Avatar
    Wow, you were very accurate there. I do work for a small company. And as you said, he also maintains an excel spreadsheet to maintain the assigned IPs so as to not get confused.

    Now, if he needs to use that MAC address filter thing you just mentioned (I'm sorry, I don't have much knowledge on networks and by the looks of it my IT guy doesn't either) will it affect other users? Does he have to reconfigure his router settings? He says there is no way to configure without assigning static IP at all. If there's a way my phone can be an exception, I will try to look up a tutorial online and tell him how to do it.
    I sent you a PM. I didn't want to go off topic in this thread.
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    06-04-2014 02:05 PM
  23. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    FM radio without the need of a headphone antenna.
    That would require an antenna in the phone then which may not work as well.
    06-05-2014 08:21 AM
  24. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    There was another thread on here about how to make WP killer with features. In that thread I pointed out that WP's main issue today is still what it was 1 1/2 years ago when I first took up WP, which missing apps. When I say missing apps I refer to the 'official' apps and I make a point of saying that it's about image. If you're always relying on 3rd party to fill gaps you look 3rd rate, regardless of how good those apps are.

    Regarding features I got thinking. We constantly rely on the OS provider to bring about features and then when a particular feature doesn't come out you have people complaining it's not what they want or exactly what they want. It's always seems to lack. So why not allow developers to create features? Open the system up so that it's possible to do so within a contained environment.

    To give an example of what I mean, I'll use an app that's already in existence. The Transparent Tiles app. Though this app isn't really a 'feature' as such it does something that people want and it sits quietly doing it's job in the background like it were part of the OS.

    So maybe the 'one' killer feature MS bring out would be the ability for developers to create features for WP that act like part of the OS. That way we get the features people want and developers to try out the OS.

    Well, that's my two cents anyway. I don't think we should keep relying on MS to do everything as they don't seem capable of doing it. Windows OS relies heavily on other developers to bring out a good experience. So WP should be similar.
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    06-05-2014 08:40 AM
  25. A895's Avatar
    There was another thread on here about how to make WP killer with features. In that thread I pointed out that WP's main issue today is still what it was 1 1/2 years ago when I first took up WP, which missing apps. When I say missing apps I refer to the 'official' apps and I make a point of saying that it's about image. If you're always relying on 3rd party to fill gaps you look 3rd rate, regardless of how good those apps are.

    Regarding features I got thinking. We constantly rely on the OS provider to bring about features and then when a particular feature doesn't come out you have people complaining it's not what they want or exactly what they want. It's always seems to lack. So why not allow developers to create features? Open the system up so that it's possible to do so within a contained environment.

    To give an example of what I mean, I'll use an app that's already in existence. The Transparent Tiles app. Though this app isn't really a 'feature' as such it does something that people want and it sits quietly doing it's job in the background like it were part of the OS.

    So maybe the 'one' killer feature MS bring out would be the ability for developers to create features for WP that act like part of the OS. That way we get the features people want and developers to try out the OS.

    Well, that's my two cents anyway. I don't think we should keep relying on MS to do everything as they don't seem capable of doing it. Windows OS relies heavily on other developers to bring out a good experience. So WP should be similar.
    I said this before as well. Official apps will always be better than 3rd party.

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    06-05-2014 08:47 AM
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