, figuerres wrote

...someone working for MS might read the post and act on it.   that may be a false hope

Me thinks false hope. I believe MS have a different process in mind and they are really not interested such ideas. As a (very, very, very small-scale) developer myself, I can't imagine having to deal with such a broad-ranging, diverse user base. It feels MS have made a decision to go ahead a shed some business and 'techie/tinkerer type' customers in pursuit of the consumer marketplace. ...but, that's just me :-/