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Microsoft Invites Insider Customers to Test Windows 10 Feature Scenarios with Olympia V2

Microsoft has rolled its second iteration of Olympia and is inviting customers to enroll so they can help the company test business-specific features planned for future versions of Windows client and server. Olympia V2 is the next step for enabling Windows Insiders to try new and pre-release Windows 10 Enterprise features. Windows Insider Lab for Enterprise v2 provides a complete Microsoft 365 deployment and management testing environment that can be run directly on your own machines. The lab features both client and administrative functionality, including System Center Configuration Manager Preview plus connectivity to Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility + Security evaluation trials. Customers can also add the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Enterprise build to the lab.   Read more here:...

Tip: Manage Windows Insider Preview Builds in Configuration Manager

Do you have individuals in the organization that are die-hard Windows fans that like testing new builds enough to be an active participant in the Windows Insider program? Beginning in System Center Configuration Manager 1802, you can now control deployment of Windows Insider builds through deferral policies. In the Configuration Manager console, go to Software Library > Windows 10 Servicing > Windows Update for Business Policies. On the Home tab, in the Create group, select Create Windows Update for Business Policy to open the Create Windows Update for Business Policy Wizard. On the General page, provide a name and description for the policy. On the Deferral Policies page, go to Defer Feature Updates>Branch readiness level, select the ring from which you want devices to receive In...

Microsoft Pushes the Windows Insider Program as a Way to Accelerate Windows Adoption

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: Expl...

Windows Insider Podcast – Mixed Reality Part 1

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 Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Microsoft Preparing to Segment Windows Insider Population

Well, ain’t that a kick in the pants? According to the latest blog post from Dona Sarkar, the Windows Insider program is due for a change. According to Dona, despite Insiders signing up for the program just so they could gain access to the latest and greatest features, Microsoft will be rolling out new features for testing only to a subset of members. But, isn’t the Insider’s program just a big beta test anyway? The determination about who gets what is not explained: …we’re going to start doing controlled studies with some of new features for Windows 10 we’re working on. We’ve been doing this on a smaller scale – like trying out different Hub icons in Microsoft Edge to see which one people like more. Now we’re going to start doing these with entire features. This me...

Windows Insider Podcast: The Future of Women in Tech

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”.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Windows Insider Podcast: Be a hero in your org with Windows Insider for Business

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.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Windows Insider Podcast Episode 5

Insiders influence all that we do, so this month they are powering the Windows Insider podcast as we dive into themes of community and engagement. Listen as Dona Sarkar responds directly to questions from the Insider community on Twitter, along with giving us an exclusive first look at what’s next for the program (hint: it’s about building connections). Two long-time Insiders drive the second half of the episode when they interview Windows Insider MVP, Joel Rushworth, about engaging with friends and colleagues through the Windows Insider Program.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Microsoft Releases First Ever Windows Server Insider Preview

Last month Microsoft announced that it would begin adding Windows Server to its frequently released beta builds for customers. Those brave enough to test a Windows Server build can now obtain Windows Server Insider Preview Build 16237 by registering with the Windows Insiders for Business program or the Windows Insider Program and then going here: Windows Insider Preview Downloads Keys to use for testing: Server Datacenter Core: B69WH-PRNHK-BXVK3-P9XF7-XD84W Server Standard Core: V6N4W-86M3X-J77X3-JF6XW-D9PRV Check out what’s new in this build and the gotchas to watch out for: Announcing Windows Server Insider Preview Build 16237   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Windows Insider Podcast Episode 4

This month on the Windows Insider Podcast, hear Kiki Wolfkill, the Studio Head for Transmedia at 343 Industries, and Dona Sarkar dissect how experiential gaming builds empathy, and learn life lessons from a third grader about how gamifying coding builds not only robots but friendships and newfound skills within immigrant communities.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Dealing with the Fallout from an Accidental Windows Insider Build Release

Yesterday, a build for Windows 10 was accidentally released through all Windows Insider rings, but also some public PCs that are not even part of the Windows Insider program. Without going into great detail about the cause of the failure, Dona Sarkar, has now posted an apology along with steps to recover if it installed. A note about the unintentional release of builds today The steps included are for both mobile devices and PCs, but essentially… Mobile users will need to use the Windows Device Recovery Tool to wipe the phone and start over. Those who haven’t yet installed the update still need to perform a device reset in the phone’s system settings. PC users who received the update will need to set the system back to a known working state.   Dona says that those wh...

Don’t Install the Accidentally Released Windows 10 Mobile Build 16212

Yesterday, Microsoft somehow allowed a non-tested build of Windows 10 Mobile to reach handsets in the Fast, Slow, and Release Preview rings and some have reported it has reached PCs, as well. Microsoft has yet to give an answer as to why this happened, but reports say that the build crashes Windows phones. Dona Sarkar, the Windows Insider chief, has put out the following warning… #WindowsInsiders: pls do not install any builds being offered til you hear from us with a blog post. If you have installed, reset with WDRT. — Dona Sarkar (@donasarkar) June 1, 2017   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

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