MS Suggestion box sites at "uservoice.com"

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Summary

MS has sorta created a "suggestion box" site separate from the "answers.com" forum, for users to suggest changes and new features. I'm not quite sure why they need a separate forum, but they appear to be listening to it.

It is similar to the “smiley”/”sad” face buttons you may have seen in the pubic beta versions of Office and Windows. But by using UserVoice you can see when others agree with you and in some of the site if MS has taken notice and is acting on the suggestion


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I said that MS sorta created a Suggestion Box site. That is because if you look at all of the links you'll see that they are very random in quality and design and even in naming. Makes it hard to find some of them.  One of them (windows) even gives you a limited number of "votes". When you run out of votes, you have to "unvote" and existing idea to vote on a new one. Or start using a different email to log in ... <sigh>

If you go to UserVoice to make a suggestion from a Answers forum question, it is a good idea to copy the link from Answers into the UserVoice suggestion, and visa versa. That way anyone who finds one, can easily find the other.

In a question on the Answers.com forum I have seen responses from MS employees that indicated that they are reading and reacting to the suggestion box ideas, ie:

https://office.uservoice.com/forums/285186-general/suggestions/9906966-office-2016-quick-access-toolbar-too-wide )

And here it is, the "black swan", a real live "reply" from MS to a feedback I voted/commented on:

https://excel.uservoice.com/status-reactions?etoken=2dab2eddeb4032a9b15c8fb1d314b6abf46f4c6c6130ade78237202f32c6be64&public_status_update=8800447&reaction=thumbs_up&tracking_code=fab71466751c1c6aa3b8dca78e57d5e3

The feedback was created July 2015, this reply came Oct 2019 (speedy service ... <g> )

Now I've seen independent "proof" that someone at MS does at least seem to look at the suggestions:

PowerPoint Feedback and UserVoice: Does This Go Anywhere?

When you are making a suggestion, look for other similar ones. If you find one, "Vote" for it. You can also add a comment to emphasize specifically why you need it.

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But first, Other ways to Send Feedback to MS Developers

I have created another wiki that describes the other 2 Feedback options available to you, the Windows 10 Feedback Hub, and the in Application Feedback commands. 

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-windows_install/send-feedback-to-ms-developers/506e7654-8ced-405b-911e-c58d8f253069

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MS uservoice.com sites:

Some of these sites have options for the various versions of each application, ie Desktop vs Oneline vs Android vs Mac etc.  

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Here is a list of the uservoice sites I've identified (so far):

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  1. 365 Video - https://office365video.uservoice.com
  2. Azure https://feedback.azure.com/forums/34192--general-feedback.
  3. Bing Ads http://bingads.uservoice.com
  4. Bookings - https://outlook.uservoice.com/forums/314907-microsoft-bookings/
  5. Education -https://edu.uservoice.com/
  6. Accessibility Feedback- https://microsoftaccessibility.uservoice.com/forums/307429-microsoft-accessibility-feedback/category/317296-microsoft-edge 
  7. Enterprise Library http://entlib.uservoice.com
  8. Excel - https://excel.uservoice.com/
  9. Forms - https://microsoftforms.uservoice.com
  10. Microsoft Web Matrix http://developer.uservoice.com
  11. Multilingual App Toolkit http://multilingualapptoolkit.uservoice.com 
  12. MSDN Developer Network - http://feedback.msdn.com/ This resolves to the MS Docs site
  13. Office Developer Platforms http://officespdev.uservoice.com
  14. One Note - http://onenote.uservoice.com 
  15. OneDrive - https://onedrive.uservoice.com/forums/262982-onedrive- Locked no new suggestions, can view existing ones 2021 01 24
  16. Outlook Online  - https://outlook.uservoice.com/   home page that links to pages for various devices
  17. Outlook Web Access - https://owa.uservoice.com/forums/224789-owa-for-devices-suggestion-box

  18. Planner - https://planner.uservoice.com
  19. PowerApps - https://planner.uservoice.com/forums/330525-microsoft-planner-feedback-forum
  20. Power BI - https://ideas.powerbi.com/ideas/  (requires a business or school account to sign in, rude!)
  21. PowerPoint - http://powerpoint.uservoice.com/ home page that links to pages for various devices 
  22. PowerPoint Online - https://powerpoint.uservoice.com/
  23. PowerShell - https://windowsserver.uservoice.com/forums/301869-powershell
  24. Sharepoint  - https://sharepoint.uservoice.comhome page that links to pages for various devices 
  25. Skype Business - https://www.skypefeedback.com/                                 
    Feedback for Skype for Business
  26. Skype Consumer: use the community feedback boardon skype, or the feedback option in the Skype help menu:
    See https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA12333/how-can-i-send-my-usability-feedback-to-skype
  27. Sway - http://sway.uservoice.com/
  28. Teams- https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com
  29.  Teams- https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public
  30. Visio not found so far

  31. No "UserVoice" for Windows. Make suggestions via the Windows Feedback app
    No "UserVoice" Windows Phone. Make suggestions via the Windows Feedback app

  32. Word - http://word.uservoice.com/home page that links to pages for various devices 

UserVoice Improve Feedback Management - https://feedback.uservoice.com/forums/1-general-feedback/suggestions/39355108-create-a-home-site-for-all-ms-uservoice-subsites

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UserVoice Homesite

https://www.uservoice.com/

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A single, centralized product feedback solution that gives you everything you need to gather, aggregate, analyze, and follow through on feedback from customers and internal teams.

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Suggestion

When you post comments / suggestions it is best to limit each submission to one issue. That way replies can be specific to that idea. And it makes it easier for MS to assign a submission to a specific development group or person.

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I suspect there are more, but there is no single “master” page that shows all of the sites, and not even any/adequate cross links between the sites. I actually found several just by changing the app name.  How does the average user get from the "command prompt" to the name "wpdev" (sounds more like a WordPerfect, aka WP, site <grin> ). I couldn't

So if you find any more, please post a reply to this wiki so i can add it to the list for others to use.

Note: none of the tags really fit so I had to make do.

Public Voice . . .

If you want to take your issue to the general public you can try a petition site like this one:

https://www.change.org/p/satya-nadella-microsoft-what-computer-users-want-changed-in-windows-10

That petition was started by a online Windows reporter.  Surprisingly, MS did react to this petition and other protests about the change in policy that eliminated  of details about Windows Updates in Windows 10.

UserVoice Suggestions I've Followed that have been Acted On!

Make Power Pivot available in all versions of Excel

https://excel.uservoice.com/forums/304921-excel-for-windows-desktop-application/suggestions/9018823-make-power-pivot-available-in-all-versions-of-exce

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started · AdminExcel Team [MSFT] (Admin, Office.com) responded  ·  May 22, 2018

Hi all,

I’m happy to announce that your input has had another direct impact on the product. In this case, a decision has been made to have Power Pivot be available in all Windows editions (“SKUs”) of Excel! This means the Business, Home, Standard, etc.. all of these will have Power Pivot. As your comments have indicated, Power Pivot has moved from targeting a specialized audience to generally useful capability for working with data in spreadsheets. As such, it makes sense to make this as broadly available as possible.

We have started rolling this change out with the April Current Channel updates (Builds 9330 and beyond). I’m also happy to announce that these SKU changes will be reflected on the upcoming 2019 version as well.

Thank you for pushing for this!

Ashvini Sharma
PM Manager
Excel

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Bring back all of the old grammar checking rules - https://word.uservoice.com/forums/304924-word-for-windows-desktop-application/suggestions/10009743-bring-back-the-valuable-style-checking-tools-that

Back out change to make pen Ink default  MS Is working on this issue
341 total votes as of Feb 26, 2016 – Mar 2016 MS pushed out a Windows Update to at least partially fix the problem

 30 votes - https://office.uservoice.com/forums/285186-general/suggestions/12473571-have-some-way-to-turn-inking-off-for-machines-usin Office in General

  52 voteTo using Surface Pro 4 Pen as a mouse in PowerPoint 2016 instead of inking - PowerPoint

106 vote Use the pen as a mouse - Word

153 vote let pen usage toggle between inking and pointer - Excel

My personal "favorite" suggestions (I hope some of you will vote for them too)

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Please, can we have the default tab stop signs back to the ruler!!! (Word teacher in trouble) https://word.uservoice.com/forums/304924-word-for-windows-desktop-application/suggestions/9921564-please-can-we-have-the-default-tab-stop-signs-bac 

Add a way to update all fields in a document https://word.uservoice.com/forums/304924-word-for-windows-desktop-application/suggestions/11685894-button-for-updating-all-fields-in-the-entire-documHThe initial suggestion is to add a button, I added a comment to add an “Option” to auto update all field codes (on assumption that documents are no longer all printed, may files are “e-documents” only.

Office 2016 does not properly use Windows 10 Application title bar color selection   https://office.uservoice.com/forums/285186-general/suggestions/15476307-office-2016-does-not-properly-use-windows-10-appic

Reinstatement of the option to Pin Folders at: https://word.uservoice.com/forums/304924-word-for-windows-desktop-application/suggestions/12582018-restore-pinned-folders-in-save-options-in-all-offi

Recently Used List Sort order: Date vs Alpha  as of Oct 14 2016

  38 votes https://word.uservoice.com/forums/304924-word-for-windows-desktop-application/suggestions/10137741-recently-used-list-sort-order-date-vs-alpha

543 vote https://excel.uservoice.com/forums/304921-excel-for-windows-desktop-application/suggestions/10261443-recent-files-pane-in-excel-2013-was-pretty-good-b
Excel Suggestion “Under review” Nov 25, 2015 (wow, fast action) – Excel Done in October 2016 YAY!

QAT buttons not showing custom images  https://office.uservoice.com/forums/285186-general/suggestions/12512571-qat-buttons-not-showing-custom-images

Bring back Picture Manger to the Office 2016 Bundle https://office.uservoice.com/forums/285186-general/suggestions/12498702-bring-picture-manager-back-to-office-bundle
As of July 4 2017 there are 279 votes (and 69 comments)
115       
Bring Picture Manager back to Office bundle
057        Unhappy about Microsoft Office Picture Manager being removed from the Office Suite.
031        Totally stinks that Office Picture Manager was removed! Why? So many of us are heavy photo users and used that as a key feature of Office
007        Please bring back Microsoft Picture Manager for use on Windows 10 (Office 2016)!
006        bring back office picture manager right away.
005        MS Picture Manager is missing from Office 2013
002        Bring back MS Picture Manager! It was just right - not too complex, but very useful!
001        Bring back MS Office Picture Manager
001        Please bring back the good old picture manager. Known from Office 2003 up to Office 2010.
001        Make Picture Manager available on Office 2013

Onedrive - put somewhere to see how much space I've used and how much I have  https://onedrive.uservoice.com/forums/262982-onedrive/suggestions/7760340-put-somewhere-to-see-how-much-space-i-ve-used-and
As of July 14, 2016, on only just the first 3 search result pages on “much” 75 Votes total
30 votes             
put somewhere to see how much space I've used and how much I have
4 vote                 
Show how much storage left and used
9 votes               
Show how much storage is left on the OneDrive app
1 votes               
to tell me how much space is left
1 votes               
Ensure how much space available is clearly shown in realtime
6 votes               
it will be good to show how much space has been used and how much space is still available
2 votes               
t should be available in the app how much free memory has been used, and how much still available.
1 votes               
add a space bar! Not a space bar like the keyboard, but one that says how much space you've used and how much you have left!
5 votes               
would be nice to see how much space I have available on my onedrive.
1 votes               
show how much available space you have left and percentage left available
2 votes               
Add a feature to tell the user how much space is left on OneDrive
2 votes               
Add remaining space in hamburger menu, it's much easier to see it there.
1 votes               
SHOW ME HOW MUCH SPACE I HAVE LEFT ON MY APP
1 votes               
can you make it easier to see how much storage space remains?
1 votes               
Have a pie chart telling you how much storage you have used
1 votes               
I think a feature should be added to onedrive that tells you how much space you've used out of how much u have. EX 50.47mb/100.00gb
1 votes               
Have an easy to find icon that shows the size capacity of the account and how much has been used
1 votes               
I hope you will create an option to see how much space you have available from the phone.
1 votes               
very simple just show how much storage is left as new files are uploaded to the cloud
2 votes               
data useage, ie how much data have we used of cloud allowance and a start page to show that with quick links
1 votes               
I think there needs to be a storage meter or something to tell people how much of their storage limit the have used
1 votes               
The app needs a place that informs the user how much total storage space is being used (a feature of Dropbox).

Petition to MS President to allow Windows Home users control Windows Updates https://www.change.org/p/satya-nadella-microsoft-what-computer-users-want-changed-in-windows-10 (The matching UserVoice site has been discontinued by MS)

Don’t want Office 2016 tied to Userid - https://office.uservoice.com/forums/285186-general/suggestions/10517283-allow-activation-without-the-need-of-a-ms-mail-acc
Actually there are multiple threads with same point. As of Feb 1 2016 there are 785 votes on this question in multiple suggestions
ALLOW Activation without the need of a MS mail account. 386 votes
Office 2016 OEM without LiveID account 138 votes
Office 2016 Activation and installation without an email account 172 votes
return to the same process for activating Office 2016 that was used for all previous versions of Office. No "Live" accounts!  26 Votes
The Office 2016 Activation process is impossible for business's that purchase Microsoft licensing OEM. 70 votes
Activation without a live account. 7 votes
Need Office 2016 activation WITHOUT a Microsoft account! 6 votes

Allow Business Admin Portal to manage Office 1-time payment licenses toohttps://office.uservoice.com/forums/285186-general/suggestions/11448504-allow-business-admin-portal-to-manage-office-2016

Improve Highlightinghttps://word.uservoice.com/forums/304924-word-for-windows-desktop-application/suggestions/9389778-improve-highlighting
Make the full spectrum of colors that are available in Shading also available in Highlighting. I often use Highlighting to mark important or unusual text streams and I would like to search for particular colors of Highlighting .

Visio 365 monthly specifically for Consumer licenses - https://office.uservoice.com/forums/285186-general/suggestions/10936428-visio365-monthly-for-consumer-365-users-and-oth

Recreate the single text margin around page like 2010 and earlier - http://word.uservoice.com/forums/304924-word-for-windows-desktop-application/suggestions/9253599-bring-back-classic-text-boundaries- Marked as “under Review”, so there is some hope … <grin>

Restore Radial Menu to OneNote
439 votes total Feb 20 2016
148 votes Include radial menu in desktop onenote
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Radial Menu -
183 votes
Bring back the radial fly out menu in the W10 Store version of OneNote -
  42 votes
Bring back Radial Menu and Camera insert in Windows 10
  16 votes-
Bring back Radial Menu for Windows 10 App
  25 votes-
Keep the OneNote Windows 8 UI over the Windows 10 Beta UI
plus a bunch more pen requests

OFFICE- Get Back Older OneNote App with Radial Menu and Document Scanning / OneNoteMX / OneNote MX
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YP5Y0c7-Qvg


Note: Click on “Show More” in the YouTube description to see the OneDrive download link!
The “Setup.bat” file uses PowerShell to “sideload” OneNote MX.

Download and install desktop OneNote
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/office_2016-onenote/does-anyone-have-a-link-to-enable-me-to-download/a96d5463-3f5c-44df-8f5b-fa5c10257e54
The download link: https://www.onenote.com/download
Ignore the misleading message "OneNote is already installed on Windows 10" and click the right link to the desktop version

Add mind mapping to OneNote - https://onenote.uservoice.com/forums/327186-onenote-for-windows-windows-phone/suggestions/6160979-mindmap-functionality?page=4&per_page=20 

Custom installation from Office 365 (2016) / Return MSI installer option -  https://office365.uservoice.com/forums/264636-general/suggestions/9939513-custom-installation-from-office-365-2016

Word 2016 Style Pane bug -mouse pointer wrong https://word.uservoice.com/forums/304924-word-for-windows-desktop-application/suggestions/11196345-word-2016-style-pane-corrupt-or-buggy-after-update

Add Power Pivot back to Access (and to Excel in all bundles) https://access.uservoice.com/forums/319956-access-desktop/suggestions/10284183-add-pivot-charts-back-to-access

Add BI/Power Pivot back to Excel in all bundles - https://excel.uservoice.com/forums/304921-excel-for-windows-desktop-application/suggestions/9018823-make-the-power-bi-family-Power Pivot-Power Query

'Worksheet' Tabs to Word  https://word.uservoice.com/forums/304924-word-for-windows-desktop-application/suggestions/10024812--worksheet-tabs-to-word

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How can I make a suggestion showing just my Community/MS ID, not my full name (taken from my email address? TIA
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How can I make a suggestion showing just my Community/MS ID, not my full name (taken from my email address? TIA

Strange - my second suggestion asked for my email address and then gave me the option to add my name so I used the Taffy name. But this wasn't available in the first suggestion, unless I'd missed it. The first was in a different forum. 

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The forums are not setup identically, so it is entirely possible to have the option to provide an alias in one but not the other.

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The forums are not setup identically, so it is entirely possible to have the option to provide an alias in one but not the other.

Thanks for that. I've just suggested in the General forum that we should be allowed to use our UserID in all of the forums.

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Thanks Lars:

Yes, as I said, I don't know of any "Master page". I too wish there was one.  But then again, there may be one, it is just a secret ...

There are no cross links because each sub site is setup individually, following no corporate standard. Each site is designed as the "owner" decides, using different setups and rules.

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Thanks for the comprehensive reply! I do use uservoice but as you say Msft cherry picks the requests they act on and some would say just use it to reinforce what they are going to do anyway. I'm not hopeful but here's my suggestion:

https://sharepoint.uservoice.com/forums/329214-sites-and-collaboration/suggestions/17953939-make-the-delve-organization-chart-available-as-a-w 

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as you say Msft cherry picks the requests they act on and some would say just use it to reinforce what they are going to do anyway.

Hi Webbrewer:

I don't completely agree that they use uservoice to reinforce what they are going to already do.  Sure there is

The specific example I am thinking of is the "improvement" they made to "recent" file sort order, changing from the old, rational, file name alpha order to actual date/time "recent" order.  In UserVoice there was more pushback from Excel users than Word, so they only made the change, well partial change, back to Excel, but NOT Word also.

PS: you made your reply to the wiki, but you really should do it on the original question so that the link to your UserVoice suggestion is there (it's not really relevant on this wiki).

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the dynamics CRM doesn't look like the right link

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Right you are. I thought I had tested them all. Obviously not.

I took a wild guess and found that this one works: https://dynamics.uservoice.com/

(but I would not be surprised to find out if there are others ... )

Thanks for pointing this out. I've updated the wiki.

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Hi There,

I hope you are well.

I would like to thank Microsoft who provide us the maximum usefull functions in thier package which are make our work easier in day to day life.

I have notice one improvement if possible from Microsoft company in MS Excel, could please add a Pause Macro button under in VBA Devloper Tab below the Start Macro Button.

It help user to pause macro if they want do any other thing between recording Macro than again start and record macro from where they left.

Your help is highly appreciated.

Regards,

Neeraj Jha

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