Posted by Callum Moffat

Journey of an Autistic Insider

Windows Insiders, Microsoft fans, geeks and users around the world, I’m Callum Moffat, an Autistic teenager and avid Windows Insider. From my home in New Zealand’s Central Plateau, I’m trying to make the world a better place. I’m a self-proclaimed incurable know-it-all, currently in my second-to-last year at college (high school to all you Americans). In my spare time, I participate in the Windows Insider Program, and create awesome apps…

Posted by Dona Sarkar

Windows Insiders Developer Spotlight: Sketchable

Meet Ryan and Miles Harris, the two brothers behind Sketchable, an app that makes creating art with Surface even better than drawing in a sketchbook. Ryan and Miles launched the app right alongside Windows 10, making Sketchable one of the first true Universal Windows Platform apps in the Microsoft Store. More than half a million downloads later, fans are raving about how the app’s flowing inks and fast, pressure-sensitive sketching…

Posted by Joseph Lee

Winsiders and Accessibility: Introduction, Insider journey so far

My fellow Windows Insiders, Windows 10 users and others around the world, I’m Joseph Lee, a blind college student from Los Angeles studying communication studies (formerly studied computer science), a code contributor to an open-source screen reader project, and one of the millions of Windows Insiders around the world. My Insider activities are focused on accessibility of various features and apps, Narrator, Subsystem for Linux and others, as well as…

Posted by Raji R

Tips for an A-Team

Insider #NinjaCats

Many exciting projects begin on paper napkins. Ours began on two sheets of paper. We were in Co-Creation Hub in Lagos for our #Insiders4Good program. The air conditioner was rattling at full blast, but thanks to the humidity, we were all slightly sweaty. Someone said “we need a website for our fellows!”. Dona Sarkar, our imaginer-in-chief, quickly reached across the table and grabbed two sheets of paper. She scribbled a…

Posted by Raji R

Ties that bind

Every month when I had my periods, my family banished me to an “outhouse”. The “outhouse” was a damp room as big as a walk-in closet. It was in our backyard, surrounded by mango trees and coconut trees. It had a naked incandescent lightbulb, no furniture and no plumbing. At night, you could hear frogs croak and crickets chirp. I slept on the floor. Once I felt a scorpion crawl…

Posted by Dona Sarkar

Insiders! We’re coming for you in 2017!

What an amazing 2016 it’s been.  We’ve loved working with all of you side-by-side to build the best possible products. It’s truly been a been a mind-blowing, humbling and fun experience for our team this year to have engaged even deeper with you.  Some of our favorite moments have been meeting and talking to you (both remotely and in-person) about your passion and goals for your life and career. Whether…

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I’d rather be a Taiwo

#Insiders4Good Nigeria Fellows

We were sitting in the CC Hub in Yaba, the tech hub of Lagos, Nigeria. The electricity and lights had just come back on after a long blackout, and we were waiting for our computers and phones to recharge. The internet hadn’t kicked back in yet. To help pass the time, Dara told us one of the Yoruba legends. Long ago, twins were born: Taiwo (the eldest) and Kehinde (pronounced…

Posted by Jeremiah Marble

Just Start

I could buck up and start, or I could go home. It was 2004.  A procession of us headed over to the computer lab on Friday. Julio, the security guard, unlocked the padlock then heaved open the heavy door. With us were the school’s principal and five or six teachers. The room clearly hadn’t been opened for a very long time. We were in the high desert, so everything in…

Posted by Dona Sarkar

Down With The Tyranny of OR

“Why give in to the tyranny of OR?” This is our answer when people ask us the question: What is the Windows Insider Program? Is it for Windows users to install preview builds and provide feedback (which we’ve been doing since 2014) OR is it for people all over the world to do community related things like the #WINsiders4Good / #Insiders4Good activities? It’s not an OR. It’s an AND. The Insider…