I want connecting and disconnecting from Bluetooth devices to be in the Devices charm.
Similarly, it would be nice to choose audio devices there as well, so that I can more easily switch from speakers to a headphone output when necessary.
I want Miracast to be working on the Surface Pro again like it was in the Preview build.
Global in-app search from the charms should still exist, and it should be an option under the Search charm, as the last option after web videos.
I know there are live tile clocks, but I still just don’t understand why Microsoft doesn’t get rid of the “Start” text and add a clock instead. The clock from the charms bar is nice, but it’s an action that you have to actually perform to see a clock, instead of just being able to glance. At the very least, the “Alarms” app needs to be changed to a “Clock” app and add a live tile clock.
I’d like more consistency within Microsoft’s own apps. The new Reader puts its tabs at the top, which is great…. except the new Metro IE11 moves its tabs to the bottom. There’s a million examples of things like this, and it’s a shame because 8.0 was actually far better about keeping UI consistent.
Speaking of Reader, it needs more ink colors. At the very least, it needs a red pen.
I want the right click / press and hold “Forget this Network” / “Set as Metered Network” to be present right in the Wifi networks list.
Also, I want Wifi connections to be fixed again. I’m getting “Limited Connectivity” constantly.
Photos needs to bring back its support for other services, like Flickr and Facebook. (Though the basic editing in it is nice, and removes my need for Photoshop Express or Fhotoroom).
I’d like to see the ability to move apps between monitors when using touch-only. For example, maybe a upward drag of a window could “throw it” to the secondary display.
I’d like to see Metro IE11’s zoom controls not constantly try to outsmart me by changing the setting when I connect or disconnect another display.
The new Windows 8.1 autosuggest (including flicking to the side on the space bar to switch between suggestions) should work when using a Touch Cover, not just when using the on-screen keyboard.
The downward swipe selection on the start screen should come back; it’s so much faster than tap and hold.
The option for 4 rows of tiles on my start screen on the Surface Pro is great… but there’s no reason that it should be a simple toggle of “show more/show less”. I should be able to explicitly choose a number anywhere from 1 up to at least 7 or 8. (Yes, that’d make tiles small, but people should be able to choose this for themselves).
I should be able to choose to remove some built-in stuff from my “all apps” list in a supported way. I never want to see “Windows Journal” for example, because I use OneNote. You can delete the shortcut… but then there was a recent Windows Update which refused to install because the shortcut was missing. There needs to be a selector for all of these built in things added to the “add/remove features” option in Windows.
I’d like to see Microsoft port some of the games and apps from its “Touch Pack” to WinRT. “Surface Globe” was better than the new Maps app will ever be, for example. And I really miss Ink Crossword from my older tablets.
I really love the lock screen in 8.0, and being able to do a slide show in 8.1 makes it better… but when I’m connected to a 27" display (hell, even on a 10.6" display), why should I be limited to only 6 applications and 1 detailed notification to display on the lockscreen?
And removing Messaging to only have Metro Skype is probably the right idea. However, Skype now needs to have more services plug into it. Outlook.com already works with Google Talk, so should Skype. Facebook IM needs to be brought into it. And it should even work with AIM and Yahoo IM for any stragglers still out there. Hell, for that matter, it should also sync my text messages from my Windows Phone, and let me send an SMS using my Windows Phone paired via Bluetooth.
And that brings up another thing. It’s great that now Windows 8.1 recognizes Skype as a dialer to dial phone numbers on websites… but how about just dialing to my phone (again, connected by Bluetooth) instead?
On the desktop, Microsoft needs to better optimize the default sizes for everything to work better for touch. There’s no reason they can’t tweak the size of the caption buttons (minimize, maximize, close), for example, to be better suited for the interfaces they’re pushing. You can do stuff like this manually now, but since nobody knows how to do this, it gives a worse experience for the majority of touch-based users on the desktop.
I’d like the option to remove the start button from the taskbar. I know, everyone wanted it back, but now that I’m used to it, it feels weird to press Win+1 and have it actually open the second (after the start button) icon on the taskbar. Having it be optional, like all of the new options they added related to the start screen / desktop, would make more people happy.
The context sensitive tablet input panel needs to come back. Even on the desktop, if I tap on a text entry box, it should give me a button to pop up the onscreen keyboard (like it did in 7). If I do the same with a pen, it should give me a button to pop up the handwriting recognition panel. And similar needs to happen in Metro too- it should remember the last option I chose for the pen, and the last option I chose for touch, and stick to those. (and maybe even have a separate setting for portrait mode of each too).
And also, similar needs to happen for unlocking the device. Is it so hard for Microsoft to understand that when I’m using the touchscreen, I want to use picture password, but when I’m using a keyboard or mouse, I want to use a PIN instead? Currently, whichever you choose, you’re stuck with for all input methods.
Xbox Live integration needs to be system-wide like it is on Windows Phone. There’s no reason I should be sitting and waiting sometimes for nearly a minute (or have to give permissions each time, too) while each individual app signs in. Making it app-based is a step back.