What's on your post-Vista wish list?

Summary:If you're among the select group of invitees to Microsoft's "Early Feedback Program," you can start sending in your ideas for what you'd like to see fixed, changed and/or added to the next version or two of Windows.

If you're among the select group of invitees to Microsoft's "Early Feedback Program," you can start sending in your ideas for what you'd like to see fixed, changed and/or added to the next version or two of Windows.

Microsoft notified the selected testers on December 19 that they were free to start submitting suggestions immediately, via the Microsoft Connect Web site.

"Many customer have expressed the desire to have an impact on future releases of Windows," said Microsoft officials on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page created to coincide with the program. "We have often heard from customers that they want the opportunity to make suggestions about the way Windows works. The purpose of this site is to gather that early feedback from Windows customers and use it to make the next version of Windows the best release yet."

The new program will allow select testers to resubmit bugs that weren't fixed in time to make it into the final version of Windows Vista. It also will allow them to suggest desired Windows features, such as a download manager for Internet Explorer or multiple-session Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP).

Microsoft is planning to use the feedback in a variety of ways, according to the FAQ.

"In some cases it might be the next product cycle or longer for a suggestion to be evaluated or implemented. In other situations it might never happen. There is no way to know for sure. Some feedback may be included in Windows Vista Service Pack 1, but the main focus is beyond Vista," officials explained.

Participants in the program have a choice of keeping their feedback to Microsoft private or making it public for all invited testers to see.

"There is currently no end date set for this program to close. At some point as we draw closer to the release of a beta for the next version of Windows that may change," Microsoft officials said in the FAQ.

Topics: Windows

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Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). She also is the cohost of the "Windows Weekly" podcast on the TWiT network. Got a tip? Se... Full Bio

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