Meet the Insiders looking to the future through mentorship

Muazma Zahid, a senior data engineer for Microsoft’s Azure Global team, struggled to find a mentor who could help her grow when she graduated in 2006. “From a country like Pakistan, there’s not many role models, especially when I was graduating. Computer science was really starting off,” she said. “I had nobody to connect to or ask questions.” Now that….

Nonye, on the left, with her new mentor Muazma, on the right, smiling for the camera at GHC 2019.

Windows Insiders vote for their favorite 20H1 features

Last month, we asked Windows Insiders to vote for their favorite features (so far) in our Windows 10 Insider Preview Builds for 20H1. As with previous surveys, the results include some expected—and many unexpected—favorites. Here’s a quick summary: At the top of the list was a feature that can make it a lot easier to reset your PC. We’ve heard….

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Inspired by Insiders—Unleashing the power of the Windows 10 Calculator

It’s one of our most popular Windows 10 apps—and with good reason. Not only is the Calculator app built right into Windows, but it’s able to perform a surprisingly wide range of operations—from simple calculations to complex scientific equations and unit conversions. In this article, we’ll tell you all you need to know about getting the most out of this….

Calculator app showing scientific notation.

Inspired By Insiders—Accessibility

Check out the Ease of Access settings in Windows and you’ll notice something interesting: These setting are not only great for people with disabilities—they can actually improve your own Windows experience. This is no coincidence. Even people with perfect vision can lose track of the finer text and details on screen, especially with today’s high-resolution displays. And that’s why we….

People looking at screen with enlarged text.

Meet the Insider sparking a technology movement in the Caribbean

Juleen Kristina Gentles, one of the Windows Insider Program’s 2019 Grace Hopper Awardees, has big plans for the future of Jamaica and the Caribbean region. She dreams of helping the area develop a startup culture, improve agriculture through technology, and empower girls and women to revolutionize the technology industry. Not only that, she has the skills to achieve it. Juleen….

Supercharging Windows Search

Back in the summer of 2018, a small group of Windows Insiders did something that we don’t typically recommend: They quietly turned off the Windows Search indexer on their PCs. Luckily for us, they also took us up on our request to explain why. The feedback they provided led to some of the most significant improvements we’ve made recently to….

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Inspired by Insiders—Going passwordless

We all use Windows differently. But if there’s one thing most of us have done countless times, it’s entering a password at the lock screen. Protecting our devices and data with a password has long been a part of the Windows experience. But times have changed, passwords have become vulnerable—and Windows now offers a simpler, more secure sign-in experience without….

screen with different options.

Meet our Grace Hopper Celebration winners!

We held our second annual Grace Hopper Awards for Insiders to join us at the Grace Hopper Conference in Orlando, Florida for a week of keynotes, sessions, and networking designed to help further women’s careers in tech. We’re excited to introduce the ten talented Insiders who won these awards this year. These incredible women come from around the world. They’re….

10 women who won the GHC Award stand together.

Inspired by Insiders—Your Phone app, your way

Greetings from the developers and marketers of the Your Phone app! Back in August, Microsoft and Samsung shared a vision for the future of productivity at their Galaxy Unpacked event in New York City. What was particularly exciting for us was the announcement that the new Samsung Galaxy Note10 phones would include native integration with Your Phone app via the….

Woman works on laptop with cell phone next to her.

Inspired by Insiders—Windows Subsystem for Linux

Hello from the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) team! Way back at Microsoft Build 2016—our premiere developer conference—we introduced the world to the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). This was particularly exciting news for web developers. Before WSL, developers had to switch back and forth between these platforms. Now, they can use the rich Linux developer ecosystem and tools alongside….

Linux screen with WSL2 IS AWESOME written in outline form.