Along with the Windows 10, Microsoft also announced something called Windows Insider Program (WIP) on Tuesday night. Meant for early adopters and computer geeks, this is the company’s attempt to solicit feedback on its software that is under the works and to give consumers a taste of what it is cooking.
The technical preview of Windows 10 will be made available to anyone who wants to try it under the WIP from Wednesday night.
“We hope to involve tech enthusiasts like you in our software development process over the next several months so that your feedback becomes part of the next version of Windows,” Joe Belfiore, VP Operating Systems Groups at Microsoft, said in a video posted on the company website immediately after the Windows 10 announcement.
He explained that the tech preview of Windows 10 is not the finished and polished version of the OS. “The tech preview is meant for PC experts who are comfortable downloading unfinished software,” said Belfiore. “As a Windows Insider, you will get two benefits. You will get more frequent updates with the earlier but less polished software and you will have access to the windows feedback app through which you can send us comments directly.”
While in the past Microsoft has distributed the early versions of its software within MSDN or Technet subscribers, the WIP looks more mainstream and will give even non-developers or less tech-savvy consumers a chance to try Windows 10.
It also looks more comprehensive compared to how the company rolled out the technical previews for Windows 8. In the QA session after the Windows event, according to the technology news site Verge, Microsoft detailed the WIP. In response to a question, Belfiore said, “We’ve never done this before. Hopefully you become an Insider, you’ll see things you haven’t seen before. There will be forums available for discussions amongst the Insiders, and our engineering team will be available.”
When Microsoft released Windows 8 to poor reviews and tepid response from consumers, one of the criticism it faced was that the company did not take into account the feedback early users of Windows 8 gave it. It looks like that with Windows 10, Microsoft doesn’t want to repeat the same mistake.
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