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….

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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….

Protecting Nuns, Empowering Good Works

As an IT professional, Bart Blocker helps protect the nuns of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, a religious institute of Catholic women dedicated to helping people who are suffering from poverty, sickness and lack of education. The Sisters serve through health care, social services, and ministries and assist those in harm’s way, including women and children who are….

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Pursuing a Passion with the Help of Windows Accessibility Features

Nora is from Buenos Aires, Argentina, but she thinks and dreams in Japanese. She often goes by her Japanese nickname, Nori, and is hugely into anime, cosplay, and “anisinging” (for the uninitiated, that’s a type of karaoke focused on anime characters). Nori has had a visual impairment since birth due to Hallermann Streiff syndrome, and she combines a variety of….

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Turning Waste into Energy, Powered by Solar & Built on Windows

It’s no secret that the world is facing a trash crisis. From the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” to overflowing landfills, 1.3 billion tons of waste are produced worldwide every year. The problem is particularly urgent for communities like the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe, where just 1630 square kilometers (about 630 square miles) of land support more than 400,000 residents.….