Windows Insider Program Podcasts
The Windows Insider Team is taking to the airwaves to share all things Windows, Insider community, and beyond!
Quantum Leaps and Windows Updates
June 5, 2019
Take a fascinating dive into Microsoft’s approach to quantum computing. Then, get an inside look at recent improvements to the Windows Update experience. Machine learning and increased transparency are helping the Windows team track user feedback and deliver our best update experience ever.
May 1, 2019
Join us as we dig into all things security in this two-part episode of the Windows Insider Podcast. Jason chats with David Westin, group security manager for operating systems, about big picture security, including red team versus blue team operations, the importance of securing public infrastructure, and the future of AI. Plus, get an inside look at how Insiders make his job easier.
Then, Jessica Payne, a senior security researcher for Microsoft Defender, joins us for a conversation about how you can stay secure. She shares a peek into how attackers in the current landscape are taking advantage of vulnerabilities and walks us through what Microsoft’s doing to protect you and what you can do to protect yourself.
Days of Future Passwords
April 3, 2019
The Windows Insider Podcast is back for a new season, starting with a two-part episode. First, Jason chats with the Windows Hello team about security innovations that are rendering passwords obsolete and making authentication safer and easier than ever. Nadya Amirchoupani and Anastasiya Tarnouskaya give their thoughts on why great security features also create a pleasant user experience. They also share a sneak peek into the future direction of Windows Hello, biometrics, and the authentication space.
Next, Chief Ninja Cat Dona Sarkar joins Jason for a conversation about how millions of Windows Insiders around the globe help make Windows 10 the best product it can be. Dona also shares an inside look into on how the Windows Insider Program has evolved from its early beginnings and exciting new possibilities for the future.
Jobs of Tomorrow
July 25, 2018
Technology and the jobs that go with it are evolving exponentially faster. How can new grads and seasoned pros alike be prepared for the jobs of tomorrow? How does Microsoft hire the brightest minds to work on leading edge tech? We ponder these questions and more with Dave Wecker, Architect at Microsoft’s Quantum Computing team, and Tyler Roush, of Microsoft’s talent sourcing team. Dave gives us a peek into his work on the frontier of quantum computing and Tyler shares what it’s like to source talent for an international dream team. Then, we sit down with Microsoft engineer, Raymond Uchenna Ononiwu, to get his tips on landing a Microsoft internship and how to turn that into a full-time job offer.
Next Level Gaming
June 27, 2018
What’s next for the future of gaming? To find out, Dona Sarkar chats with Joe Neate, Executive Producer of the hit pirate adventure, Sea of Thieves. Joe talks about major gaming trends that are influencing Sea of Thieves and the expansion of the game’s rich storylines. Next, we explore the growing popularity of game streaming by chatting with Microsoft’s Mixer team. Marketing director Jenn McCoy and engineer Chad Gibson discuss how the Mixer platform is sparking new experiences in gameplay and innovations in game design. Finally, we catch up with Windows Insiders at E3 and get their impressions on what’s most exciting about the future of gaming.
Updates and Features and Engineers – Oh, my!
May 30, 2018
With the release of the Windows April 2018 Update, we chat with Microsoft engineers about three exciting features that Insiders voted as part of their top 10 favorites.
Tom Alphin joins Jason Howard in the studio to talk about Timeline, a new, chronological way to keep track of all your stuff, including across multiple devices. Jake Cohen chats about Eye Control, an accessibility feature that Microsoft developed with the help of Steve Gleason, an NFL football player for the New Orleans Saints who is living with ALS. And Samuele Dassatti, an 18-year-old Windows Insider from Italy, shares his experience developing his app, Fluenty, using Fluent Design.
Then, Dona Sarkar and Jason have a candid discussion about what it’s really like to be a Microsoft engineer and evolve an operating system used by more than a billion users worldwide.
What’s Up with Machine Learning?
April 25, 2018
Everyone’s favorite new buzzword is ‘machine learning’ (or ‘ML’) but what exactly is ML and how is it already transforming everyday life and business? We chat with Microsoft engineers about machine learning and the significance of Windows ML, a new AI platform for developers available through the upcoming Windows 10 update. We cover how ML is changing the field of app development and how developers can get started with Windows ML. Finally, a Windows Insider gives us a tour under the hood of his app and discusses how machine learning is baked into the app’s evolution.
Lifelong Learning to Grow Your Career + Side Hustle
March 28, 2018
In this episode, we delve into lifelong learning – the key to growing your superpowers, whether you’re interested in taking the next step in your career or feeding your side hustle. We gathered expert tips and advice on how to keep learning and how to decide what new skills will most benefit you. We also get the scoop on how to get the most out of learning conferences and what it takes to earn a certification from Microsoft.
Windows: Microsoft Cloud Services: Troubleshooting Online Services; Business: Developing a Learning Mindset; Creative: Brand Redesign: Small Business Identity Redesign; Technology: Microsoft Teams Bot Development. We’ve also unlocked an additional 15 courses by our Microsoft MVPs covering key technology skills.
Closing the Digital Divide
February 28, 2018
What does the world stand to lose without equal access to technology and the internet? Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar and Leonardo Ortiz discuss the Microsoft Airband Initiative and why the future of jobs and education make closing the digital divide more important than ever. Then, Windows Insider MVP Andre DaCosta from Jamaica, shares his thoughts on the power of connectivity, plus a few tips for optimizing Windows while having limited access to the internet.
Mixed Reality Part 2: Creators
January 24, 2018
How is Mixed Reality (MR) changing the way we experience the world? We explore this question with three creators using MR to entertain, connect, and assist people with different abilities. First, we chat with Mia Tramz, Managing Editor at LIFE VR, about using virtual reality to travel the world. Then we catch up with Zach Clark, a veteran who was injured in combat and is now using HoloLens to help people with visual impairments and brain injuries navigate hospital settings. Finally, Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar and Spencer Reynolds take us on a tour of becoming a virtual hologram via Microsoft’s Mixed Reality Capture Studios.