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….

Elena Degtyareva with flag

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….

Sketch of sleeping passengers

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….

Basilio Kalpakian in front of an old PC

Favorite Windows Feature: Timeline

Switching between multiple apps during the day? Wishing you could easily access that cool website you saw earlier last week on your phone–but on your PC? You can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that with Timeline, your “stuff” will be easily accessible by chronological view. Just press the Task View button. Before the release of the Windows April 2018….

Desktop showing timeline view

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….

Fantastical dragon drawing

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….

Two people look at a computer together.

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….

Nori

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.….

PEPS