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Windows Insiders community arm, now #Insiders4Good, gets new blog

Last month, the Windows Insider team quietly launched a new blog for its #Insiders4Good program, which will be the new home of what was formerly called the #WINsiders4Good community. For those unfamiliar, this global network was launched last year after Dona Sarkar became the new head of the Windows Insider Program, with an ambitious purpose: inviting Windows Insiders to solve problems creatively through the use of Microsoft products.

In her first blog post published on December 31, the exec explained that the new blog is “a way for us to talk to you, for you to talk to each his other and for us to talk to the outside world about our various projects, passions, and challenges.” Nothing will change for those of you who just want to install Windows 10 preview builds and provide feedback to the team at Microsoft, but the company seems to have a much bigger ambition for the Windows Insider program going forward:

For those wanting to take the program a step further and use tech to learn, create, start businesses (even if it’s the business of YOU!), solve local problems and connect with others, the Windows Insider Program’s #Insiders4Good arm is also the program for you.

So, why #Insiders4Good rather than the formerly named #WINsiders4Good?

The past 274 days of this initiative have been about flighting various experiments such as the Create-A-Thons, Hour Of Code and Fellowships to see if they resonated.  Good news: they resonated! So many of you told us that *this* is what you’ve been looking for from the program. We are actively working on scaling our initiatives so *anyone* can do them at home.

If you want to participate to the #Insiders4Good initiative, you can send an email to [email protected] and also check the first blog posts published by members of the community over the last few days. “We needs all kinds of people to help build tech to fulfill our mission to empower EVERY person on the planet to achieve more,” added Sarkar, who also announced that there will be “a few more experiments coming in January for you all.”

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Do you think the #Insiders4Good program is a good way to expand the scope of the Windows Insiders program?