Windows GM asking for suggestions on improving Notepad and Calculator

Steve Teixeira, General Manager, Partner App Experience, Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft, has returned from a sabbatical and has inherited a number of apps which comes with Windows, including Notepad and Calculator.

These simple apps are also very heavily used, and we have seen some recent focus on the development of these apps, which have laid fallow for what has felt like decades before this.

Steve is now asking twitterers what improvements they would like to see in the apps.

The Windows Calculator has of course seen the biggest changes, becoming a modern (and now slower) app, but with many more features. The Notepad app has also seen some recent improvements, with the biggest for me being able to launch a Bing search from a text selection in the app and improved search and replace features.

Suggestions from the twitter thread include being able to edit the calculator transaction history and see the result. Personally, for Notepad I would want the ability to recover files when Windows suddenly decides to update overnight and kills all my notes.

The Feedback Hub is, of course, the right route for suggestions, but while we have Steve’s ear directly you can contribute in his thread here.

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