Last week, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) announced that over a million testers have registered for its Windows 10 Technical Preview in just two weeks. The software giant said it had received more than 200,000 “pieces of user-initiated feedback.” About one-third of the builds are run virtually, with the remaining two-thirds running it natively.
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What Iranian users want from Windows 10?
Tens of thousands of users have voted on the company’s user forums to make certain changes. Here is the list of ten things that testers want Microsoft to change in Windows 10. Those were all mostly UI or tech-related issues. However, an interesting picture has emerged in the past few days. According to TechCrunch, more than 17,000 users have requested better support in Iran.
Many other Iran-related issues such as adding support for Persian calendar in Windows 10 have gained prominence on the forum. Iranian users want Microsoft to give them access to Windows Store. In the past, they have complained that the Redmond-based company excluded them from its new Windows ecosystem. Microsoft is yet to address the recent user forum requests on the public records.
There is a market for Windows Store
Microsoft is seeking direct feedback from users in Windows 10 Technical Preview so that it could modify features that users don’t like much. The tens of thousands of Iran-centric requests are less about what Windows 10 should be, and more about what was lacking in Windows 8 and 8.1. Further, these requests indicate that there is a market potential for Windows Store, even as it continues to lag behind the iOS and Android.
Let’s see how Windows 10 shapes up over the next few months before its official release in mid-2015. Microsoft ditched the name Windows 9 and jumped to Windows 10 to reflect that it is going to be a material step, not just an incremental update. The company doesn’t want anyone to associate Windows 10 with Windows 8/8.1.
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