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  1. Decouple Windows Media Stack from Desktop Experience

    Some Products requiere Windows Media Services as a prerequisite for Installation (for example Exchange Server). Currently you have to install Dekstop Expirience to get these Services.

    The downside of this is, that Applications which require these services are automatically required to run with a GUI (no server core support because of Desktop experience prerequisites)

    36 votes
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      1 comment  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • System cCnter Unified agent, as instalable Windows Server feature..

      Unify All the System Center Agents (virtual machine manager, SCOM, etc) in one solution (for example: SC unified Agent) .Integrate the System Center Agent as a Windows Server Feature (like .Net, BITS and the like).

      34 votes
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        6 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • XBox, Mobile, Phone, Contacts, Maps, Geolocation, Camera, Radios, Onedrive Services in Windows Server 2016

        This services makes Windows Server 2016 a toy, not a professional or enterprise product:

        Xbox Live Authencation
        Xbox Live Saved Games
        Xbox Live Networking
        Onedrive
        Phone
        Contacts
        Maps
        Mobile devices
        Geolocation
        Camera,
        Radios (Phone,Airplane mode)
        Wallet services.

        32 votes
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        • Add back support for Edge

          Please add the option to install Microsoft Edge on the server.

          20 votes
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          • Media Streaming Service for Windows Server Essentials 2016

            Need windows media streaming service back for server essentials 2016

            20 votes
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            • Super Fine application control

              In Windows 2000 Advanced Server/Datacenter Server, User could set very fine controls for all applications running or applications that will launch at specific time/interval.
              User could set:
              Affinity
              Priority
              Memory Usage
              Other fine control settings

              Newer Windows versions removed this feature called "Process Control app UI", I hope in Windows Server 2016 we can get this functionality back so user can set super fine control for each application / process / filter / directshow filter .. etc

              Image from Windows 2000 Datacenter Server:
              http://xi-networks.net/Windows2000Server/Control.png

              10 votes
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              • If Windows Server 2016 support "windows hello" feature?

                If Windows Server 2016 TP5 support "windows hello" feature? any declare or blog?

                I installed windows server 2016 (14393), and then I can't use "windows hello" in settings.

                this feature worked in windows 10.

                7 votes
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                • Add option to enable Store on Windows Server

                  Add an option to add the Store to Windows Server (for GUI installations)

                  6 votes
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                  • Bitlocker MFA unlock

                    This days MFA is getting more and more popular so I was wondering why not add new feature to Windows family so when server boots Bitlocker could be unlocked not by network but by MFA
                    What do you think would this be even possible ?

                    5 votes
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                    • Edge and Flash on Server 2016 Removal

                      why?? will these be removable features when it goes RTM?

                      4 votes
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                      • Ink And Handwriting Services

                        Noticed that in Windows Server 2016 TP5 with latest cumulative update (KB3158987) Ink And Handwriting Services feature is missing:
                        Get-WindowsFeature | Where-Object {$_.Name -like '*ink*'}
                        returns no results... Looking at the files on the disk drive (C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ink) it seem that feature is actually installed. Some applications which relay on this feature fail during installation/instantiation since they determine feature is not installed. There was not mention in the release notes of the TP4 and TP5 in which this feature is no longer present (it was still present in TP3). Please fix this or suggest a workaround.

                        4 votes
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                        • Setting to set any program to run statically

                          Set any program to run in the background on startup and such

                          4 votes
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                          • Include a MODERN web browser e.g. LTSB Edge browser rather than outdated, unsupported IE11.

                            It's kind of lame to promote Win2k16 RDSH then not include a modern web browser. Make an LTSB Edge browser, it can't be THAT difficult.

                            4 votes
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                            • Print Spooler Isolation

                              Ever since Windows server 2012 we have had printer driver isolation, but there is a need for print spooler isolation. This would allow for an individual spooler for a printer to be stopped and the jobs deleted without affecting all other printers on the print server. This could be done in a method where the main print spooler service spawns child instances for each print and then through an api you would be able to stop and start these child instances.

                              4 votes
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                              • Http Action in Task Scheduler

                                It would be very helpful if, task scheduler support native http actions.

                                3 votes
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                                • Outlook: Enable the possibility to move several tasks to a customized date

                                  If you Chose a Task you have different options to move/reschedule it like 'Today', 'Tomorrow', 'This week', 'Custom' etc.
                                  If you Chose more than one Task the Option 'Custom' is not available anymore but would be useful.

                                  3 votes
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                                  • Gathering feedback from the field (WaaS - Branches, Apps)

                                    Hi together,

                                    all my previous customers asked me how to gather feedback internally from the field when moving to Windows 10 with the WaaS model.

                                    Microsoft (we) should provide a tool where end users can send feedback internally regarding to the current branches. Here it should be possible to divide this feedback into 2 parts - OS feedback and Application feedback. Also a LOB-App-List should be possible to attach. So the end user in the field chooses between OS or App, which are predefined and provides feedback in a traffic light style with standardized error values e.g. not working, performance…

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                                    • Gruppenzugehörigkeit im Kontakt sichtbar machen

                                      Ich muss alle Kontakte einer Gruppe zuordnen. Leider kann man, wenn man die Kontakte durchklickt nicht ersehen, ob der Kontakt bereits einer Gruppe zugeordnet wurde. Die Konkurrenz GMX ist hier wesentlich besser aufgestellt.

                                      2 votes
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                                      • SMTP Virtual Server in Server 2016 Core and Nano

                                        2016 Server Core and Nano don't have the ability to add-windowsfeature smtp-server. I feel the SMTP feature would lend itself well to the lightweight nature of Core and Nano.

                                        2 votes
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                                        • Ordner "vorgeschlagene Kontakte" bitte wieder zuschalten

                                          Bitte schalten Sie den Ordner "vorgeschlagene Kontakte" wieder zu. Wenn man einen neuen Kontakt nicht sofort speichert, findet man ihn nicht wieder, wenn man wie wir, mehrere Tausend Kontakte hat.

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