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….

Researchers in a lab at AstraZeneca.

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….

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Inspired by Insiders — Timeline

Hello from the Timeline engineering team! With the introduction of our new Chrome extension for Timeline — a top Insider request — we wanted to also share details on how Windows Insiders have helped us evolve Timeline to where it is today. First, a bit of background For those new to the feature, Timeline is all about making stuff on….

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Mastering Computer Science: How This Coder & Artist Grew Superpowers to Create

“We recently built a 3D, virtual reality game,” says Mónica Ceisel, describing her latest project. “I love storytelling, animation, and cartoons. Being a computer science (CS) and art student, I’ve found a great way to marry the two worlds.” Mónica is a Windows Insider who will graduate soon as a CS major and Art minor from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.….

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Adventures in Home Automation with a Windows Insider

Daniel Schnabel de Barros is a Windows Insider and software developer by day. By night, he channels Tony Stark by tricking out his home with automation. Read on for more about his projects and how you can also get started “adding smarts” to your home. As a kid, Daniel was inspired by a neighbour who was ahead of his time.….

Daniel Schnabel de Barros in front of his computer.

A Microsoft Intern Wants to Make Workplaces More Accessible for People with Visual Impairments

Franziska Sgoff was riding the train one morning when a woman sitting behind her noticed the unique way that Franzi was using her phone — with different gestures and a voice-to-text feature that enabled her to send text messages. Franzi has been blind since birth and works in Germany as a commercial correspondent and writer in English and French. The….

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Guts, Growth, and Grit: How to Succeed in Computer Science

Women have an uphill battle when it comes to making their mark on the field of computer science: only 20% of CS majors are women, a statistic that peaked at 34% in the 1980s and continues to be declining. Even fewer women represent the engineering workforce — only about 13%, according to researchers. However, anyone who’s been to the annual Grace….

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Adventures in mixed reality: How Windows Insiders helped support a high-tech hunt for hidden pirate treasure

This Windows Insider story actually had its start over 200 years ago on a small island off Nova Scotia, Canada. In 1799, a deep, multi-levelled shaft was discovered on the shores of Oak Island, a long-reputed hideout for pirates. Further digging uncovered a mysterious stone tablet hinting at riches further below. That tablet would inspire over 200 years of treasure….

Kognitiv Spark employee using Hololense.

This Windows Insider is Helping His High School Auditorium Become “Smarter”

Nothing will stop Martijn Dendooven, a Windows Insider from Belgium, from pursuing his passion for tech. Currently 18 years old, he began teaching himself coding when he was 15 and successfully advocated for adding computer science courses to his high school curriculum. He is dedicated to solving problems through his tech skills, and he’s currently working on a project that….

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