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Showing Students the World with Skype

Elena Degtyareva is a Skype Master Teacher from Verkhoturye, Russia, a small town with many young students eager to learn about the world. Elena has pioneered the use of Skype in her education community, taking students on virtual trips to distant, exciting places. A teacher of English, Elena saw that her students wanted more opportunities to use their language skills….

How this Insider Helped California’s Police Departments Modernize to the Cloud

How can today’s tech work to better support police officers in the field and improve public safety? That question led Eric Wood, Technology Manager for the Chula Vista Police Department, to play a pivotal role in enabling the entire state of California’s police departments to take the leap to the cloud. Three years ago, Eric was a Microsoft employee developing….

Eric Wood

How this Insider Boosts Rural Businesses With Modern IT

Thanks to a Windows Insider, 10 grain elevators across rural Illinois are doing even more than storing bushels of grain. Rising 200 feet into the sky, the elevators will be helping a grain coop link its satellite offices with Internet connectivity. (How? With fixed directional wireless technology.) In rural areas across the U.S., insufficient internet connectivity means that businesses can….

Doug Kinzinger 200 feet in the air, on a grain elevator

Inspired by Insiders – Dark Theme in File Explorer

We’re excited to announce that Dark Theme support for File Explorer is ready for the next major release of Windows. With Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17733, Windows Insiders will be able to see the latest UI design for Dark Theme in File Explorer by going to Settings > Personalization > Colors and select the “Dark” option under the “Choose….

Inspired by Insiders – How Windows Insiders helped track down a tough Windows Search problem

Greetings from Adam Wilson, Lilian Wang  and the rest of the Windows Search team. Anyone hanging around a Windows forum for too long eventually sees the same thing. Something is going wrong on a Windows PC and the accepted recommendation to fix it is by disabling the Windows Search service, also called the indexer or search indexer. For us on….

This Eye Surgeon Brings Old Computers to Back to Life with Windows 10

When Basilio Kalpakian spots an old PC on the side of the road, he knows he’s struck gold. A self-described tinkerer, Basilio is an eye surgeon by day and a computer surgeon by night. His hobby and passion is bringing old PCs back to life and loading them up with Windows 10. Each discarded unit is an opportunity to battle….

Spotlight on Eye Control

How can Windows empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more? Our ongoing mission is behind a feature that Windows Insiders voted as one of their top 10 favorites: Eye Control. While Eye Control was first released in-box during the Fall Creators Update, it’s seen some great improvements with the April 2018 Update. We sat down….

Bringing the Fantastic to Life with Windows Ink and UWP

What do ninja cats and dragons have in common? They both come alive through Silvia Barbero’s imagination and her Surface Pro 4. Silvia is a software engineer and cartoonist from Spain. In her spare time, she also develops games on the Universal Windows Platform (UWP). “I’ve always drawn and been an artist,” Silvia says. “I decided to study computer engineering….