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….

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….

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….

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….

Grace Hopper Contest winners collage

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

Practice Makes Perfect with Digital Inking

Hamilton Cline has spent years drawing his fellow Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) passengers on his morning commute. Hamilton, a computer programming teacher at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, has been drawing from a very young age. He started off copying drawings in comic books as a kid, and by the time he was 16, he was working….

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….