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….

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Inspired by Insiders—Improving the Windows input experience

Greetings from the Input and Language team! Input is at the core of what you do when interacting with your PC, and today we’d like to share some of the updates we’ve been making to the input features in Windows. What exactly is ‘Input’? This simply describes features used to enter data—whether you’re typing on a hardware or touch keyboard,….

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Inspired By Insiders—Accessibility

Browse one of our Windows Insider blogs for the latest preview features and chances are, you’ll find news about our accessibility tools. Designed to empower every person (including those with disabilities) to achieve more, these tools have benefited from a surge of innovation over the past several releases of Windows. We’re proud to say that a driving force behind much….

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A second chance to communicate: A Windows Insider explores assistive technologies

At the age of 15 months, Rebecca Houston couldn’t speak. One speech pathologist believed that she would have a lifetime of difficulty communicating, but a specialist at the University of Iowa was finally able to make a correct diagnosis: Rebecca had a swallowing disorder combined with severe apraxia, a motor speech disorder that makes it difficult for children to speak.….

Rebecca Houston outside.

Inspired By Insiders – Start Menu (Part 2)

Greetings from Jen Gentleman, Eric Papamarcos, and Rick Duncan of the Shell team. If you’ve been following the updates we’ve made to the Start menu in Windows 10 Insider Preview Builds in 19H1 (and from the feedback we’ve received, it’s clear that a lot of Insiders have been doing just that), you’ll know that we’ve made some significant changes since….

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Windows Insiders vote for their favorite 19H1 features

Last month, we asked Windows Insiders to vote for their favorite features that we shipped with Windows 10 Insider Preview Builds for 19H1. The results are now in! As with previous surveys, it appears that a wide range of new Windows features have caught the interest of Insiders around the world. In our last survey for Windows 10 October 2018….

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Radical Honesty and More Tips for Career Success in Tech

Cassandra Oduola recently landed a job offer from Microsoft’s Machine Learning group, another exciting step in her journey as an engineer. At the top of her field and with both a PhD in Computer Science and a BS in Physics under her belt, Cassandra was also a winner of the Windows Insider Women in Computing Award. What’s driven her success?….

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Inspired by Insiders—Snip & Sketch

Greetings to all you Windows Insiders from the Snip & Sketch team! We recently released another version of the Snip & Sketch app–a handy tool that’s built into Windows to make it easier to take, edit and share screenshots. This latest version provides even better performance and builds on a long list of other updates that we have built into….

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AstraZeneca gets more out of Windows with Windows as a Service

As one of the largest biopharmaceutical companies in the world, AstraZeneca is used to driving rapid change and innovation, supported by evaluation and implementation of leading-edge technologies. But how would a company with over 70,000 Windows clients manage a whole new Windows deployment schedule with Microsoft’s Windows as a Service (WaaS)? Like most organizations, AstraZeneca was accustomed to deploying new….

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This Insider Wants to Help Artists Build Thriving Careers with a Little Help from Technology

Dan Flores made his first mark on Atlanta around 1995, when a friend suggested he show his art portfolio to a tattoo shop owner and see about getting a job. After serving in the U.S. Marines for four years, Dan had been dishwashing and driving a forklift, but had never inked a tattoo in his life. He had, however, been….

Dan Flores with scetch board