Windows Insider Program Podcasts
The Windows Insider Team is taking to the airwaves to share all things Windows, Insider community, and beyond!
What’s next for the Windows Insider Program
February 5, 2020
In this episode, we’re looking at what’s coming for the Windows Insider Program. First, we’re talking about the future of the program and our goals for the new year with Ian Todd, who’s helping guide us while we search for new leadership.
Then, we take a look behind the scenes at how the podcast gets made and at what’s next for the program’s marketing content with Allison Shields, our team’s content expert.
Business or Personal? A Little Bit of Both.
December 11, 2019
In this episode, we’re looking to the future with an important feature announced at Microsoft Ignite, the Update Staging Lab and a product that’s always searching for what’s next—Bing.
First, we’re joined by Raji Rajagopalan and Rama Shastri to talk about how their team’s new service, Update Staging Lab, which will help independent software vendors validate their app’s compatibility with Windows faster. Then, Michael Kroll joins us to talk about Bing’s content strategy, the Bing Insider Program, Microsoft Rewards, and the future of search.
The Quest for Inclusive Technology
November 6, 2019
In this episode, we’re talking about Microsoft’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion in tech. First, we’re joined by Raji Rajagopalan and some of her new engineers at the new Africa Development Center in Lagos, Nigeria to talk about Microsoft’s investment in Africa.
Then we’re joined by Jennifer Gentleman, a partner of the program who recently joined our inspirational Grace Hopper Awardees at this year’s Grace Hopper Celebration. Finally, we’re getting ready to see Insiders at Microsoft Ignite 2019!
Ghosts of WIP Past, Present and Future
October 3, 2019
Happy 5th anniversary to the Windows Insider Program! In honor of this celebration, we’re bringing you a special super-episode that journeys through the years. Think of it as our version of The Christmas Carol.
First, we’re joined by Brandon LeBlanc of the Windows Insider Program, who helps us take a look back at where the program started and how far it’s come. Then, Amanda Langowski from flighting joins us as the ghost of WIP present to take about the current state of the program. And finally, Windows Insider and .NET developer Jeremy Sinclair joins us as the ghost of WIP future to talk about what’s next.
Join our host Jason Howard as he proves he has a heart and gives thanks for all our Insiders!
Return of the Interns
September 4, 2019
Internships at Microsoft can be lifechanging opportunities. In this two-part episode of the Windows Insider Podcast, our host Jason invites in interns he’s had the privilege of interviewing and staying in touch with. Chantale Ninah walks us through her role as a project manager intern for machine translation.
Then we’re joined by Dasha Pushkareva, a returning program manager intern for the Microsoft Managed Desktop team, who talks to us about the culture at Microsoft, her advice for new interns, and the future of the industry.
Your Career Path to the Future
August 7, 2019
Start the next phase of your career with advice from Microsoft mentors in this two-part episode of the Windows Insider Podcast, plus learn more about how you can start mentoring others. Jason chats with Anita Varghese, a mentor from the Microsoft data and analytics team, about the critical skills you need to succeed in any industry and how mentorship can help your career.
Then we’re joined by Mike Pell, a mentor and envisioneer with the Microsoft Garage, to talk about the importance of creativity and diversity while problem solving and building new technology.
Gaming (Are You Not Entertained?!)
July 3, 2019
Learn more about accessibility in gaming and how when everybody plays, we all win in this two-part episode of the Windows Insider Podcast. Jason chats with Tara Voelker, a program manager at Mixer about gaming for everyone, the Game Accessibility Conference, the evolution of Mixer, and the future of streaming.
Then we get together with Gabi Michel, the program manager behind the Xbox Adaptive Controller. She takes us through how her team developed the controller, Microsoft’s commitment to accessibility, and how the controller’s marketing was so impactful.
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.