Back in the day, Alpha code was Alpha code and Beta was Beta. Today those terms are no longer used. Instead, companies like Microsoft invite users to beta test their unfinished code through members only clubs. In Microsoft’s case, its through the Windows Insider program.
Despite publicly backing away from Windows and putting more focus on its cloud operations, Microsoft is now promoting the Windows Insider program as a way for Enterprises to adopt and deploy Windows 10 more quickly.
To announce an upcoming Ask Me Anything (AMA) event, a company representative makes the case for participating in the Windows Insider program in a blog post, entitled: “Accelerate Windows deployment with Windows Insider Preview builds.” The rep, Bruno Nowak, offers the following reasons:
- Explore new features and provide input to help better shape them for your business.
- Engage Microsoft earlier for help with compatibility issues.
- Reduce the workload required for pilot deployments by spreading validation over time.
- Deploy updates sooner and maximize the 18-month support window for each Semi-Annual Channel build.
Participation in the Windows Insider program has dropped off in the last couple years due to a number of reasons. One big reason is because of build fatigue but also because those participating have been burned enough to know that running Insider builds on their own production PCs can have serious repercussions. To test new, potentially dangerous builds requires a separate computer and volunteer time to do it right. Many busy IT folks don’t have either of those to spare.
What do you think? Is the Windows Insider program a good way to accelerate Windows adoption?
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