Windows Insider Program Podcasts
The Windows Insider Team is taking to the airwaves to share all things Windows, Insider community, and beyond!
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.
Mixed Reality Part 1: Microsoft
December 13, 2017
Over the next two episodes, the Windows Insider podcast explores all things mixed reality. In part 1, we chat with the Hololens team about design elements in Windows Mixed Reality and how developers can get started creating immersive experiences. We also hear how virtual reality enhances social life and creates community with people from all over the world.
Find out more about Windows Mixed Reality here: https://aka.ms/MoreInfo_WindowsMixedReality
Making Technology Accessible
November 30, 2017
In honor of International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd, the Windows Insider Podcast team explores advancements in inclusive technology. For decades, Microsoft has been creating products and services to serve people of all abilities, and in recent years the company has made a stronger commitment to this goal with the appointment of Chief Accessibility Officer, Jenny Lay-Flurrie. In this episode, we chat with Jenny about the future of inclusive tech, and we learn how feedback from users (and Windows Insiders!) is shaping Microsoft’s efforts.
To find out more about Microsoft’s commitment to accessibility and inclusion, visit Microsoft.com/Accessibility.
The Future of Women in Tech
October 25, 2017
According to a 2016 study, only 26% of the tech industry’s workforce is women. This month on the Windows Insider Podcast, we explore the impact of having so few women in software development and other tech careers, and what we can do to empower women in the field. Featuring guest hosts Colleen O’Brien and Sonia Dara from the podcast “Women in Business & Technology”.
To learn more about the “Women in Business & Technology” podcast, visit: https://aka.ms/Womenbizandtech
Be a Hero in your Org with Windows Insider for Business
September 27, 2017
The Windows Insider Program gives IT Pros credibility and the chance to deliver better products to their customers. On top of that, companies and organizations have a huge impact on the development of Windows. In this episode, we ask Michael Niehaus, Director of Product Marketing at Windows, what businesses can gain from deploying preview builds at work. We also hear from an IT Pro whose close relationship with the Windows Insider team makes him better at his job.
Spotlight on Microsoft Internships
August 10, 2017
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to intern at Microsoft? In this month’s episode of the Windows Insider podcast, we look at the intern experience from two perspectives. First, we sit down with Lauren Rosenberg, a double-major in computer science and astrophysics, to learn what it’s like being part of the Cloud and Enterprise team. Lauren was a Windows Insider in the fast ring before starting university, and the program helped propel her interest in working for Microsoft. We also talk to the Windows Insider engineering team’s own intern, Marissa Zhang. Marissa shares her behind-the-scenes perspective of the program and what she’s learned from the global community of Insiders.