I've had this frustration since Windows XP and hoped they would fix it by 8, but they really haven't.
I'm an avid Windows Phone user, so my Microsoft Account is full of my contacts, and I'd love to be able to port them into my Contacts folder on Windows 8.
But unfortunately, it never seems to import user's pictures and a few other items, whereas on Outlook.com's People tab, it displays all content fully.
Is there a way to keep a backup of contacts from your Microsoft Account or is it only partial? I may be missing something, here...