A Microsoft Intern Wants to Make Workplaces More Accessible for People with Visual Impairments

Franziska Sgoff was riding the train one morning when a woman sitting behind her noticed the unique way that Franzi was using her phone — with different gestures and a voice-to-text feature that enabled her to send text messages. Franzi has been blind since birth and works in Germany as a commercial correspondent and writer in English and French. The….

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Guts, Growth, and Grit: How to Succeed in Computer Science

Women have an uphill battle when it comes to making their mark on the field of computer science: only 20% of CS majors are women, a statistic that peaked at 34% in the 1980s and continues to be declining. Even fewer women represent the engineering workforce — only about 13%, according to researchers. However, anyone who’s been to the annual Grace….

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Adventures in mixed reality: How Windows Insiders helped support a high-tech hunt for hidden pirate treasure

This Windows Insider story actually had its start over 200 years ago on a small island off Nova Scotia, Canada. In 1799, a deep, multi-levelled shaft was discovered on the shores of Oak Island, a long-reputed hideout for pirates. Further digging uncovered a mysterious stone tablet hinting at riches further below. That tablet would inspire over 200 years of treasure….

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This Windows Insider is Helping His High School Auditorium Become “Smarter”

Nothing will stop Martijn Dendooven, a Windows Insider from Belgium, from pursuing his passion for tech. Currently 18 years old, he began teaching himself coding when he was 15 and successfully advocated for adding computer science courses to his high school curriculum. He is dedicated to solving problems through his tech skills, and he’s currently working on a project that….

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This IT Pro is Advocating for Users with ADHD

As an IT pro, Mark Szili covers 35,000 desktops for the State Government of Victoria, Australia by providing help with various aspects of Windows 10. He’s also living with Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and is passionate about advocating for better educational and tech tools through the group he co-founded, ADHD Melbourne. “One of the biggest myths about ADHD is that it’s….

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Inspired by Insiders – Search Indexer Enhancements

Hey Windows Insiders, it’s Adam back again from the Windows team with info about two new improvements we’ve made to Windows Search—both inspired by your feedback. If you remember from our previous Inspired By Insiders post, many Insiders had mentioned problems finding files on their PC. As Insiders pointed out, search was limited to documents, pictures, videos, and desktop folders.….

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Inspired by Insiders – Sticky Notes

If you haven’t tried the Sticky Notes app in Windows 10, now is a great time. We just rolled out our biggest update yet — and we’re pleased to announce that the most significant improvements were made based on feedback from Windows Insiders. (You’ll find the app in your Start Menu.) This isn’t the first time where Insiders have made….

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Welcoming Our Biggest Fans to Microsoft Headquarters: Insiders2Campus

A “full-time Windows advocate,” a “Windows Insider since Day 1,” and affectionately, a “geek” — these are just some of the ways that our biggest fans describe themselves. This fall, we’re bringing nine of them to Microsoft Headquarters as part of our second Insiders2Campus contest. These lucky Windows Insiders will fly to Redmond for an exclusive VIP experience — including….

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Windows Insiders vote for their favorite features

Recently, we asked Windows Insiders from around the world to vote on their favorite Windows 10 Insider Preview Redstone 5 (RS5) features. Insiders got a chance to preview these features over the past six months before they’re released in the upcoming Windows 10 October 2018 Update. It’s always interesting to see what catches the interest of our Insiders. In our….

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Extraordinary Women in Computing Stand to Transform the Future of Tech

The Windows Insider Program is thrilled to send ten women to the Grace Hopper Celebration, the largest gathering of women technologists in the world. Ten extraordinary women were named winners of our Women in Computing Award and will also travel to Microsoft’s headquarters for mentoring. We asked them to share their goals and a few words of wisdom for women….

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