A little earlier this month, Microsoft asked Windows Phone fans on its User Voice site about what they’re hoping to get out of Windows Phone 7.8. We’ve already heard a bit about just what features will and won’t make the WP7.8 cut, but it seemed that Microsoft was up for letting users vote for specific things that may not have already been confirmed. As it turns out, though, that wasn’t the company’s intention at all.
Back then, Microsoft posted, “we care deeply about our existing customers and would like to know SPECIFICALLY what features you would like to see on 7.8 and vote INDIVIDUALLY for the one that you want most (vs. one large grab bag of features).”
That sounded great, and the idea of letting users vote for what features were most important to them seemed like quite the empowering voice, especially considering the possible upset caused upon confirming that Windows Phone 8 won’t make it to existing hardware.
Now, though, Microsoft has decided to clarify things. It posts:
“Unfortunately our earlier response on this post was not well worded. We really do care about your feedback. This forum is intended to seek suggestions on future product features but it is not set up to take requests for specific product versions. We apologize for the confusion.”
So, Microsoft still might consider what you have to say when thinking about future features, but this isn’t quite the direct conduit that it might have seemed to be at first.