Microsoft, I am writing this post as an open plea to you prior to the FALL/AUTUMN US release of the Mango 7.5 Windows Phone Update to the world.
As most of us know, There were a number of features and functions in the initial Windows Phone 7 release that did not make their way to regions outside the US. Already, signs are that there will also be new Mango release functions that Aussie’s and other market regions are going to not have access to…Pretty disappointing.
Read inside my open plea to Microsoft to treat us like the grown up customers and supporters that we are…
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UPDATE: Andrew over at his TECH HELP Blog has just posted an update to his earlier Windows Phone Global Deature List/Comparison by region (excerpt of original below). He will be keeping this updated as more Mango news and information is released – so make sure you check back regulalry. I share his wish to see Australia in particular share in all the Mango, Zune and Windows Phone goodness – so read on!
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Previous posts here and other Blogs have highlighted the feature-set variation around different regions of the global Windows Phone market at time of release late in 2010.
<courtesy ANDREW TECH HELP>
Now, as official MANGO release information hits the net, we have disclaimers like this appearing for key new features like “LOCAL SCOUT”:
“LOCAL SCOUT AVAILABLE ONLY IN US AND UK”…..image again kindly courtesy of Andrew (twitpic).
Microsoft, we get:
- That Local search is optimised for US search results and may not work as well outside US.
- That Voice control works best with US voices/accents, and my broad Aussie accent may stump it!
- That you want to deliver the best User Experience for all regions of the world for Windows Phone &
- You don’t want sub-standard performance against the high expectations you hold for Windows Phone.
SO MICROSOFT. HERE IS MY PLEA TO YOU FOR WINDOWS PHONE 7 – MANGO release: Please allow individual customers in regions outside of the US/UK etc to elect via the advanced menu options in the phone to turn on (or off) the LOCAL search features from RTM1 and MANGO RTM…
By all means – ship the update with these disabled by default. Advanced users should have the option however to turn on these features if we want them on. I’ll take a 30% accurate Local search added functionality – or even a limited returned result range over 0% removed functionality any day. If you have to – just use a nice big warning like this in the option selection in the menu:
We understand. But PLEASE give us the option…..
……Don’t leave us in the exclusion zone and penalise us more than you already have!
UPDATE: I have closed the petition – thanks!
P.S. Look I got through a whole region restriction post without mentioning Zune Pass Music for Australia! (Ooops!) lol.