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 09-02-2019
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What I would like to see (and hopefully others), is the “People App” brought over to the Microsoft Launcher/Android, to directly manage phone contacts through native functionally. That way, we would not have to be cornered into using Google Contacts or in my case, the HTC contacts app, to manage something that is housed with Microsoft.

 

Similarly, please, please, please, integrate a a “Phone App and or Dialer” that offers a Caller-ID similar to that of Windows Phone 8.1, i.e. a full screen contact picture. This alone would get a huge reception, as the little contact bubbles have been a chief complaint by end-users on Android, since forever.

 

Both of these would be amazing, as with the addition of the SMS Organizer, the end-user would be able to create a complete Microsoft ecosystem.

 

Thanks,

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Having a Microsoft people app is really needed. Importing contacts from Outlook is easy enough, but the dialer doesn't show the same contacts. It shows the Google contacts, creating double and linked contacts a lot of the time. If we had a Microsoft People and dialer app should eliminate problems. And a couple more steps away from Google.

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I completely agree with you @pacree. Importing contacts from Outlook seems to have major flaws, in its current form, regardless of the application you use to manage.

 

I am using the HTC Phone/People app, and getting my contacts into my phone from Outlook was a colossal nightmare. There were tons of double linked contacts (as you mentioned), and the challenge of having to figure out how to disable outdated Google Contacts.

 

All together, I think Microsoft has made some great strides with this Launcher, and with SMS Organizer (As well as other apps). Adding a People and dialer app would go a long way to satisfying a lot of us, not mention it would give us a complete Microsoft ecosystem on Android. 

 

Cheers,

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Something I just noticed or realized when cleaning up some contacts. Using Android 10, but older versions also had this problem. If I open "Contacts" I am able to import my Outlook contacts and use them. But if I go into "Phone" I can see Favorites, Recents and Contacts tabs. The "Contacts" tab in the "Phone" app ONLY has the option for Google contacts.

 

Here is the problem. I have edited some of my Outlook contacts with new phone numbers, and new information. When I open the Phone app to call one of the updated Outlook contacts it will call the "OLD" number since Phone uses Google contacts. If we had a Microsoft People, Phone/Dialer app that looked at a unified People (contacts) database, or allowed us to select one contact list, problems like this wouldn't exist.

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I had the same issue @pacree. Honestly, it has been completely frustrating to import my contacts into my phone. I am using the HTC U11, and while the U11 has a native "Phone" aka contact manager built in, the problem of importing Outlook contact still exists, even outside of Google Contacts. It seems to make it work, all sorts of Android Ninja-"ing" needs to be done. It is far more complicated and frustrating than it needs to be. I have not even tried to add a new contact through my phone, to see how that translates to my online Outlook contacts...we will see how that goes.

 

Microsoft has made many great strides with the Launcher, and with their Android presence, in general. I am incredibly hopefully with the announcement of the Surface Duo, that we will be given some form of a People, Phone/Dialer app. SMS Organizer seem to come from nowhere, and in my opinion, is great. I hope that a People, Phone/Dialer app will come out of nowhere as well.

 

Cheers,

     

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I am just starting the process of purchasing a new android phone. My Windows phone with Win 10 has started to reboot at least a half dozen times per day so I thought I better start learning what apps I can get through the Microsoft Launcher app. I use Microsoft Office and OneDrive too.

 

I was hoping I would find the Microsoft People app inside the Launcher, while researching it I found this community. I too am hopeful that the People app with be integrated into an android phone app. 

Thank you. 

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Personally I think they should bring everything in the Windows Phone UI they can to Launcher. I simply don't want an android experience at all. I don't want to touch a google app where I don't have to and I'd like to see the people hub and dialler all integrated into the launcher, along with the start menu with all the features found in Square Home. I simply don't understand why tiles have not been trialled in a Microsoft produced launcher to date. The millions that used Windows Phones didn't switch because they wanted to, they switched because they had to, due to the lack of apps. The tiled interface is one of the most innovative developments in interface design that has ever been developed. It should be the core of any MSFT launcher design.

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@Daryl1925 Welcome aboard! I was still on Windows 8.1, when I started looking for my new phone. I "kinda" still am living in both phones. Honestly, my HTC 8xt had nothing wrong with it mechanically. It was not till Microsoft started killing Cortana's functionality (i.e. voice search and or voice to text), that I took it as a sign that I had better move on. The Microsoft Launcher certainly has its perks, but as of right now, it does not have the overall control that Windows 10 had (Which to a degree is to be expected). I should say, a lot of the Microsoft apps on Android are pretty good, highly recommend SMS Organizer for text messages!

@Axtten I completely agree with you. I "think" to a degree that is where Microsoft is heading, i.e. creating their own ecosystem within Android. With the Launcher and the SMS Organizer specifically, it gives me the impression that is where they are heading, and the hope for the People App/Dialer, as well. As far as the "Metro" look, you would think that at the least, there would be some sort of "Theme" within Launcher, which would give you the control to decide if you want Metro or not. I loved Metro, but I am wary of giving up so much control to a third party Launcher/Developer that I am unsure of or have never heard about.

 

Here's hoping this idea keeps getting some traction and Up Votes, so it warrants a response/feedback from Microsoft!

 

Cheers, 

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Yes I agree @Axtten having all Windows apps (tiles) within the same Launcher app would be best for all of us that invested in Windows Phone's. 

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Well, looks like my reply to you guys "disappeared" at some point.

 

So to start again, @Daryl1925 welcome aboard! I switched over from Windows 8.1 to Android, but am still sort of living in both phones. I only switch to Android after Microsoft began "killing" Cortana's functionality (i.e. Voice Search & Voice to Text). You will find a lot of the Microsoft apps are pretty solid, I definitely recommend SMS Organizer to manage your texts. 

 

@Axtten again I totally agree with you. It would make so much sense for the "Metro" interface to be a "Theme" option within the Launcher. With the Launcher, and apps like SMS Organizer, I have hope that Microsoft is heading in the direction of creating a complete ecosystem. That direction gives me hope and would seem to make sense that they will/would develop the People/Dialer app, as well.

 

Here's hoping this idea keeps getting traction, and will warrant a response and or some feedback from Microsoft!

 

Cheers, 

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I don't think the best way to go would be an All in one Launcher. Seems to me individual apps, Launcher, Phone/People, Outlook, Calendar... would be the best way to go. That would let people pick which apps they want and not just a single app with some things they don't want. Also it would be much easier on the developers when they have to troubleshoot issues. Just my 2 cents.

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@pacree I agree, I definitely think it should be a choice. Perhaps in the same way when you download the Launcher, there is a folder on the home screen with direct links to Microsoft Application, in the Google Play store. Like you said, support would be much better that way, not to mention, it would not "bog" down the launcher with apps you do not want. 

 

I also could not help but notice your distinction of "Outlook, Calendar". I really wish my Outlook Calendar was its own application. While admittedly they have been making great strides in fixing a lot of the functionality between Calendar existing within Outlook, it really would be much better if it were its own app. 

 

Cheers,

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Great idea, I'm all in favor of this and reducing the reliance on Google is an added bonus.
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@Yorkshire_Ale365 Thanks, "Necessity is the mother of invention". In this case, the necessity is Microsoft helping us reduce the effects of Android, as much as possible. Quite honestly, I believe most of us just want our Microsoft Accounts/Information to seamlessly transfer to our cell phones, in the absence of the Windows Phone. Seems simple enough...

Cheers,

Occasional Contributor

^^ I have to agree, the less entwined my life is with google the better. When I was on Windows Phone life was great, my contacts were simple to manage, the phone experience was a dream and the Me Hub and original photos hub were pure joy to use. It easily connected me with what I wanted in the most seamless and useful manner.

 

Using Android for about three years has been a nightmare. with it's fragmented and disjoined experience, it's ill defined design language, useless home screen and the terrible handling of contacts. An app for everything … is not the way we should be doing things in 2019. Microsoft had the right idea in Windows Phone 7, what a shame that dream died, it's been downhill since Windows Phone 8. The 'androidification' of Windows Phone 10 has come to it's ultimate conclusion, all the great intent, thought and unique take on a touch operating system has been canned for a substandard solution using a ridiculously bad platform by Google. Worse still it's now infecting Windows 10x and we are loosing everything that made the Windows Phone tiled experience and personal/people centric paradigm so great.

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@Axtten I wish I could like your comment countless times, you nailed it perfectly.

 

It is unfortunate that so many consumers never tried or invested in the Windows Phone, like we did. It was something completely different in an otherwise boring and mundane market, which was genuinely ahead of its time. With my Windows Phone I had People/People Hub, Local Scout. native Cortana functions, seamless contact and calendar integration, everything needed for day-to-day. Not to mention, I could sort through categorized Apps in the store, something Google/Android has yet to figure out (Along with Full-Screen Caller ID/Contact Picture). I will not even go into the absurdity that it took till 2019 for Apple to develop native "swipe" keyboard functionality or the Android interface as a whole (You covered the latter well).

 

Sometimes, less is more. I do not want to have to research 7,000 calendar or contact applications, of which I cannot sort based on popularity or rating, in the Google Play store. An app for everything is just ridiculous on so many levels. Was the Windows Phone perfect, no. I am sure we could argue for days about what actually killed the phone, outside of the "app gap". All I know is that Microsoft created something that was genuinely creative and worked near flawlessly, at least for me. I have hope they will continue to develop some of these feature in Android, and bring that same creatively, to a platform that is otherwise "fragmented and disjoined experience", as you perfectly put it.

 

Cheers, 

I fully agree with all of you on how frustrating it is to make the switch from Win Phone to Android. I just, reluctantly, set aside my HP Elite X3 for an Android unit. Only the growing presence of MS on the platform makes the switch bearable. Could you possibly establish a community for MS apps on Android? There is one for Office Insider and Launcher users on Android but none for some of the growing list of other MS apps on the platform. I am thinking of SSM Organizer, Your Phone, News, To-Do, Edge, etc. I know there are dedicated sections for Edge and To-Do in general but the rare Android version related posts tend to get lost among the numerous W10 related posts. I have yet to find a forum where users can discuss their issues and wishes and communicate them to Microsoft. Feedback does not rally lend itself to the free exchange of ideas as it happens in these communities.

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@Jacques Van de Meerssche welcome to the fray! We are all just drudging through the lands of Android, away from the Eden that was the Windows Phone.

 

I honestly think you have a great idea, I would love to have a specific forum where we are able to give feedback directly to Microsoft about their growing list of apps, as well as hearing from other users how they use or problems they have encountered with these applications. SMS Organizer for instance, I am sure that someone out there has found features and or a better way of using it, than I have. I would love to hear from others! It seems that dedicating a space for these, would be natural. Especially given that Microsoft is not leaving Android any time soon.

 

There is another idea in this forum, asking for Microsoft to create a Tech-community Application, perhaps they should start there, as it is long over due. 

 

Cheers,