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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


Details

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 )

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.

Send Feedback in Office 2016

Office 2016 has added a "Feedback" option to the File menu:

In my experience, the first 2 are "black holes". You send feedback via them and never see anything back from MS.  The 3rd option, "I Have a Suggestion", provides a direct link to the appropriate UserVoice forum. 

So, the best approach is to use BOTH option 3 and option 2. That way they see the complaint from 2 sources, to make it seem more urgent.  As well, you can try posting a question in the Answers forum. Include a link to your UserVoice suggestion in the Answers forum so that people there also can vote for it.

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How do I give feedback on Microsoft Office?

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/How-do-I-give-feedback-on-Microsoft-Office-2b102d44-b43f-4dd2-9ff4-23cf144cfb11

A more detailed MS support page.

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Win10- Send feedback to Microsoft with the Feedback Hub app

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4021566/windows-10-send-feedback-to-microsoft-with-feedback-hub-app

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2017 05 18 Win10- How to Use Feedback Hub 3minute video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcSIpdcLlKc

Devin from the Feedback Hub team shows how to use the Feedback Hub app and answer questions about the app a lot of you might have.

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2015 06 14- How to Send Feedback to Microsoft in Windows 10

http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/7054-feedback-send-microsoft-windows-10-a.html

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2016 05 23- Windows 10 problem? Now everyone can gripe to Microsoft via Feedback Hub

http://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-problem-now-everyone-can-gripe-to-microsoft-via-feedback-hub/

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... Feedback Hub ... Microsoft has opened it up to all users ...

Feedback Hub also lets users upvote others' suggestions, search for issues, and rate Microsoft's various Windows builds.

The app is available for anyone to install. However, it appears Microsoft is reserving some features for members of the Windows Insider program,

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MS uservoice.com sites:

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

 

  1. 365 Video - https://office365video.uservoice.com
  2. ASP Net http://aspnet.uservoice.com
  3. Azure http://windowsazure.uservoice.com
  4. Azure https://feedback.azure.com/forums/34192--general-feedback.
  5. Band - http://microsofthealth.uservoice.com/
  6. Bing - https://binglistens.uservoice.com/
  7. Bing Ads http://bingads.uservoice.com
  8. Bing Ads - https://bingads.uservoice.com/forums/82363-bing-ads-feature-suggestion-forum.
  9. Bookings - https://outlook.uservoice.com/forums/314907-microsoft-bookings/
  10. Classroom - https://edu.uservoice.com/forums/289447-general/category/165585-microsoft-classroom
  11. Command Prompt - https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt
  12. Cortanahttp://cortana.uservoice.com
  13. Delve - https://delve.uservoice.com/
  14. Dot Net http://dotnet.uservoice.com
  15. Dyanamics - https://dynamics.uservoice.com/
  16. Education -https://edu.uservoice.com/
  17. Edge - https://windows.uservoice.com/forums/285214-project-spartan   
  18. Enterprise Library http://entlib.uservoice.com

  19. Excel - https://excel.uservoice.com/
  20. Excel Online - https://excel.uservoice.com
  21. Expression Coder http://expressioncoder.uservoice.com
  22. Flow - https://powerusers.microsoft.com/   - Note Flow is going to be discontinued May 2018
  23. Forms - https://microsoftforms.uservoice.com
  24. Lumia Beta Apps http://lumiabetaapps.uservoice.com
  25. Microsoft http://microsoft.uservoice.com   (apparently not really Microsoft ... )
  26. Microsoft Forums http://microsoftforums3.uservoice.com
  27. Microsoft Knowledge Storage Engine http://microsoftkse.uservoice.com
  28. Microsoft Pattern and Practices Cloud Guidance http://pnpcloudguidance.uservoice.com
  29. Microsoft Web Matrix http://developer.uservoice.com
  30. MSDN Test http://msdntest.uservoice.com
  31. Multilingual App Toolkit http://multilingualapptoolkit.uservoice.com 
  32. MSDN Developer Network - http://feedback.msdn.com/
  33. Multiple Windows Developer topics - https://wpdev.uservoice.com/
  34. Office in general - http://office.uservoice.com/forums/285186-general
  35. Office Developer Platforms http://officespdev.uservoice.com
  36. Office 365 Education - https://edu.uservoice.com/
  37. Office Formshttp://officeforms.uservoice.com
  38. One Note - http://onenote.uservoice.com 
  39. One Note Developers - http://onenotedev.uservoice.com
  40. OneDrive - https://onedrive.uservoice.com/forums/262982-onedrive .
     
  41. Outlook Online -https://outlook.uservoice.com/
       
  42. Outlook Windows - https://outlook.uservoice.com/
  43. Outlook Web Access - http://owa.uservoice.com
  44. Planner - https://planner.uservoice.com
  45. PowerApps - https://powerusers.microsoft.com/
  46. PowerBI - https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi

  47. PowerPoint - http://powerpoint.uservoice.com/
  48. PowerPoint Online - https://powerpoint.uservoice.com/
  49. PowerShell - https://windowsserver.uservoice.com/forums/301869-powershell
  50. Mix for PowerPoint - https://officemix.uservoice.com/
  51. Project - https://project.uservoice.com/forums/62461-general
  52. Sharepoint  - https://sharepoint.uservoice.com
  53. SQL Server http://manage.uservoice.com
  54. Skype Business - https://www.skypefeedback.com/                                 
    Feedback for Skype for Business
  55. 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
  56. Stream - https://powerusers.microsoft.com/
  57. Sway - http://sway.uservoice.com/
  58. Teams- https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com
                  https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public
    Tech Ed
    http://msteched.uservoice.com
  59. Universal Windows Platform (Windows Platform Developer) - https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/110705-app-platform 
  60. Visio not found so far
  61. Visual Studio http://visualstudio.uservoice.com
  62. Web Essentials http://webessentials.uservoice.com

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

  63. Windows Phone Dev http://wpdev.uservoice.com
  64. Word - http://word.uservoice.com/
  65. Word Online - https://word.uservoice.com/
  66. Xbox http://xbox.uservoice.com
  67. Xbox Music http://xboxmusic.uservoice.com
  68. Xbox Video http://xboxvideo.uservoice.com


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

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.

PS 

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!

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
  20 votes
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



How can I make a suggestion showing just my Community/MS ID, not my full name (taken from my email address? TIA
Win10 Home v1709 build 16299.371 13th April 2018 / HP Envy OEM /EDGE (default) / IE11 11.674.15063.0 RIP/ OFFICE 365 Home Personal January 2018 /Bitdefender 2018 installed 27th Feb.

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. 

Win10 Home v1709 build 16299.371 13th April 2018 / HP Envy OEM /EDGE (default) / IE11 11.674.15063.0 RIP/ OFFICE 365 Home Personal January 2018 /Bitdefender 2018 installed 27th Feb.

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.

Win10 Home v1709 build 16299.371 13th April 2018 / HP Envy OEM /EDGE (default) / IE11 11.674.15063.0 RIP/ OFFICE 365 Home Personal January 2018 /Bitdefender 2018 installed 27th Feb.

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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 


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

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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