Announced last September 2014, Microsoft let users participate to build the next version of Windows via Windows Insider Program. Insiders will have an access for early builds which were only available to developers back then. The program has 6 rings (3 internal and 3 public rings) namely Canary, Windows and Devices Group, Microsoft, Fast, Slow, and Release Preview rings.

Some insiders are clamoring that the team behind this program is not listening to their feedbacks. Recently in Twitter, the head of the Windows Insider Program, Dona Sarkar responded to a tweet telling what an insider should be.

Many raised their eyebrows because of this explanation. As per Dona, they just push the builds to insiders for them to rate it and that’s it. She later responded to disappointed insiders.

 

 

So let’s take a look at the top 10 feedback for Windows 10 PC and see if they are really ignored or not.

  1. I want to see placeholder files in File Explorer for all my OneDrive content.

Upvotes: 37,529
Feedback Status: Looking into it.
Official Response: Yes

Thank you for your suggestion and feedback. It’s great to see so much enthusiasm for OneDrive placeholders in file explorer.  While we can’t promise to ship every suggestion that gets submitted, we have passed this feedback on to our team to make them aware of what customers are asking for in file explorer.  Keep those suggestions and votes coming! We’ll keep you updated here if there are any updates in this area.

Implemented: Not yet, can use OneDrive UWP as alternative

2. Add tabs to File Explorer

Upvotes: 19,881
Feedback Status: We’ve got it.
Official Response: Yes

Thank you for your suggestion and feedback. It’s great to see so much enthusiasm for tabs in file explorer.  While we can’t promise to ship every suggestion that gets submitted, we have passed this feedback on to our team to make them aware of what customers are asking for in file explorer.  Keep those suggestions and votes coming! We’ll keep you updated here if there are any updates in this area.

Implemented: No

3. Provide ad blocking extensions for Edge

Upvotes: 15,917
Feedback Status: Implemented
Official Response: Yes

We are excited to announce that starting with build 14342, both AdBlock and Adblock Plus extensions are now available for download in the Windows Store.  It is recommended that you only install one of either AdBlock or Adblock Plus as having them both running at the same time can cause issues with viewing websites in Microsoft Edge.

Implemented: Yes

4. Email account is not syncing

Upvotes: 15,696
Feedback Status: Implemented
Official Response: None
Implemented: Yes

5. Make graphics driver updates optional

Upvotes: 14,597
Feedback Status: We’ve got it.
Official Response: None
Implemented: No

6. Provide support for extensions in Edge

Upvotes: 12,139
Feedback Status: Implemented
Official Response: Yes

We are excited to announce that starting with build 14342, both AdBlock and Adblock Plus are now available for download in the Windows Store in addition to Pin It Button, Mouse Gestures, Reddit Enhancement Suite, Microsoft Translator, and OneNote Web Clipper. It is recommended that you only install one of either AdBlock or Adblock Plus as having them both running at the same time can cause issues with viewing websites in Microsoft Edge.

Implemented: Yes

7. Add an Equalizer to the Groove app

Upvotes: 11,303
Feedback Status: We’ve got it.
Official Response: None
Implemented: No

8. There should be a unified inbox where you can view all of your mail at once. It is a hassle to keep switching between inboxes.

Upvotes: 9,804
Feedback Status: Implemented.
Official Response: Yes

We’ve made changes based on this feedback, and they’re ready to try on your current build.

Implemented: Yes

9. Let us choose where to save our downloads, not just to the default folder.

Upvotes: 9,040
Feedback Status: Implemented.
Official Response: Yes

We’ve made changes based on this feedback, and they’re ready to try on your current build.

Implemented: Yes

10. Add the ability to downvote feedback

Upvotes: 8,889
Feedback Status: Looking into it.
Official Response: Yes

Thanks for your feedback on adding Downvotes in addition to Upvotes.  We’re listening to your feedback on this idea as we continue to improve the Feedback Hub.  Thanks!

Implemented: No

To summed up, 5/10 were already implemented/fixed/resolved, 2/10 are “looking into it”, 3/10 are received.

We should understand that all feedbacks are welcome but not all will be implemented. Feedback is just a part of a whole picture. There are also other factors that need to be considered before making it happen. Some features might appear in insider builds but will not make it to the public. Nonetheless, looks like the Windows Insider Program is still a two-way collaboration between Microsoft and Windows Insiders. Let us appreciate all the efforts and hard work both by Microsoft and Windows Insiders.

 

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