Microsoft Rewards for new excel features proved practical and useful

Copper Contributor

Hi. I wonder if there is any Microsoft Scheme that rewards new feature ideas to Microsoft 365 (Excel) if they prove to bring new functionalities to the package that can cause an increase of customer productivity as well as a widespread use amongst users?

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@c-dhm_78 

I believe there is no such program.

Just interesting how do you see "if they prove to bring new functionalities to the package that can cause an increase of customer productivity as well as a widespread use amongst users".

For example, in case of Cambridge R&D it could take about 10 years from first publications about possible functionalities to implementation in Excel, up to another couple of years from Beta to cover majority in production.

 

Hi @Sergei Baklan ,

Thank you for the info. Simplicity is a virtue and many times you only realise when you see it : ). I am talking about a user friendly and simple new feature.

 

Once you see and assess what the new feature can bring to the programme you decide either to discard it or to adopt it setting up a timeline for implementation, which would not be my role.

 

I think excel users are very keen for simple new features where you can see its 'button' on the screen. Not new features you need to dig into formulation and the like.

@c-dhm_78 

I'd suggest you to check first at Excel · Microsoft Feedback Portal if something similar was suggested or not.

As a comment I don't think "simple" functionality exists. Compatibility among platforms and versions, budgeting for entire cycle, availability of proper resources, prioritization compare to other tasks, prioritization by customer group (e..g. will it be demanded by key customers, aka corporations, or not), etc. A lot to do even before implementation starts, if to start. Which could be the shortest phase. After that testing, deployment, localization, support, etc.

Thank you for the advice.

User friendly, simple functionality, simple interface is the same to me. I am not talking about the intricacies of it. A smartphone might seem to have a simple interface but also might be backed by very complex background. The complexity did not stopped the development of the iPhone, but the promise of a simple user interface did. I will check your link, but I really doubt the idea is so troublesome to stop a development.