Microsoft has worked hard to truly transform itself into a feedback-driven company, be it for hardware products such as Surface or software including Windows Phone, Xbox Music, and Cortana, Microsoft is listening, even though they have hundreds of ideas to sift through.
To help facilitate this “two-way conversation” between Microsoft and its ever so dedicated customers, the software giant has turned to the UserVoice platform which uses a voting process for shared ideas. And to show just how much Microsoft cares about user generated feedback, the company may have several UserVoice sites covering different aspects of a single product, as is the case with Internet Explorer.
“Our UserVoice site (both vote counts and comments) will be an important source of input into our feature prioritization going forward and will be regularly monitored,” said Jonathan Sampson, Program Manager of the Internet Explorer team.
Earlier this year, Microsoft established a UserVoice site for Modern IE so that users could send in their suggestions on new features, improvements to existing features, and communicate what they like or don’t like about the software. Now, Microsoft have announced in a MSDN blog post that it has launched a UserVoice site for IE that caters to the web development community, which will hopefully result in IE support for tools and web standards that are in demand, and an overall better web browser. Top rated features will then be moved to another Microsoft site where contributors can monitor the progression of their development and integration into Internet Explorer. Talk about transparency!
The company did emphasize however that bugs reports should continue to be submitted via the company’s Connect site rather than the UserVoice sites to better help with categorization. If you haven’t already joined or submitted your ideas via UserVoice, now is the time to get involved and help improve Microsoft’s products and services for the better. Below is a list to some key Microsoft UserVoice sites.