Ideas and Features that should be implemented into some of Microsoft’s services

Hello all,

I was thinking about areas in which I believe that Microsoft is lacking behind some of it’s competitors.

So, here is my list of new features, and ideas that I believe should be implemented in the near future 🙂

1) PODCASTS: Google recently announced that they will include podcast’s within it’s search results. That is brilliant, given the recent uptick in the amount of people listening to podcasts.

Currently, I know that Microsoft’s Bing has a partnership with the Audio Streaming Service, TuneIn, and I believe that leveraging TuneIn’s wide variety of podcasts will not only be beneficial for Bing, but also TuneIn.

2) MAPS: Given the amount of navigation apps and softwares out there today like Google Maps, Waze (owned by Google), MapQuest, TomTom, etc, I realized that there wasn’t really a main competitor that can get to/as close as how well Google is doing with its Google Maps + Waze integration. Microsoft’s Bing however, is a service that can really be a true competitor to Google. If Microsoft is able to release an app with modern UI or can collect data from services like HERE Technologies, I think that will be beneficial and it will introduce healthy competition. If Microsoft buys or strikes a partnership with HERE Technologies, then it will be a crucial step forward in having a main competitor, a better rival, and it will also help make Bing Maps better on the web as well.

3) TO DO: Microsoft’s To-Do is the replacement app for Wunderlist. It’s a way to easily organize tasks and events where it’s also easily shareable. Microsoft should add the ability to have a Calendar format so that it would be easier seeing what you have this week/month. Another neat feature would be supporting more complex or smarter queries like “remind me every Friday at 6pm to take out the trash”. A few apps already supports this, and I believe it would be very nice to having it supported in Microsoft’s To-Do.

4) IFTTT: IFTTT is an automation software that is able to connect to different services and products to make everyday life’s connected technology more seamless. I believe that Microsoft would either add more of their own services into the IFTTT program, or buy IFTTT. Having IFTTT as a partner or under Microsoft’s ownership can help push more companies onto IFTTT’s platform and it will also help integrate more of Microsoft’s popular services like Outlook, Excel, Word, LinkedIn, Skype, Bing, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft To-Do and other apps and services.

Feel free to add on to any of these in the comments or to suggest something new that I haven’t thought of yet.


Conversation 7 comments

  • wright_is

    Premium Member
    09 August, 2019 - 6:26 am

    <p>1) They dropped their music app, I doubt they'll add a podcast app. There are enough, good alternatives out there.</p><p>2) I already use Bing Maps for looking up locations. I've never used Waze and use naviagation maybe a couple of times a year, so I can't really comment on that.</p><p>3) Again, can't comment, I use Outlook calendar and tasks…</p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

    • starkover

      09 August, 2019 - 3:29 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#448305">In reply to wright_is:</a></em></blockquote><p>To-Do is integrated with tasks. You might want to take a look at it, it's easier to use than tasks.</p>

      • wright_is

        Premium Member
        11 August, 2019 - 1:22 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#448384">In reply to starkover:</a></em></blockquote><p>To Do is cloud based only, not Exchange based, so we couldn't use it with our Outlook 365 (company policy).</p>

  • TheJoeFin

    Premium Member
    09 August, 2019 - 8:45 am

    <p>1.) Sure podcasts are popular and it makes sense to bring people using Bing to find podcasts the podcast quickly. </p><p><br></p><p>2.) Maps on mobile quickly becomes turn-by-turn navigation which is very difficult to do. Also the legal issue with using a mapping product while driving are tricky. This would be a project which requires lots of resources with little clear financial payback.</p><p><br></p><p>3.) Microsoft To-Do needs a lot of things to catch up to the competition. But a task/calendar thing is rolling out to with the To-Do pane where you can drag tasks onto the calendar. </p><p><a href="; target="_blank"></a&gt; </p><p><br></p><p>4.) Microsoft already has this product: <a href="; target="_blank"></a></p><p><br></p&gt;

  • Dan1986ist

    Premium Member
    09 August, 2019 - 9:38 am

    <p>For OneDrive, allowing people the option to only upload changes to files instead of just reuploading the same files over and over again. Love to see that feature from Microsoft. Not sure if this is already a thing or not?</p>

  • Tony Barrett

    09 August, 2019 - 10:02 am

    <p>MS have lost a lot of consumer trust due to their tactics, and when trust goes, people stop using their apps. Not that many were using Bing (or Bing Maps) anyway. Google Maps is far superior, and the integration with Waze makes it even better. MS now have large holes in many markets where they've either pulled products or don't have a viable product, and with no mobile platform of their own to carry them forward, the consumer space is being left to wither. I don't count 'Windows' as the product to make it all better for them either. Windows is now on a very slow, every downward spiral with the consumer, and there's little that can stop it.</p>

    • yaddamaster

      09 August, 2019 - 3:52 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#448320"><em>In reply to ghostrider:</em></a><em> I'm a MS fanboy and clung to bing maps for the longest time. I threw in the towel a while ago. There's simply no comparison.</em></blockquote><p><br></p>

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