Microsoft's Insider Program idea has been a big success across numerous services, allowing users early access to features and builds before they are widely released. The trade-off for the early access is testing those features and builds when they are not yet stable. Microsoft is now debuting the Family Insider Program and Microsoft is looking for new testers.
The Insider Program concept began with the Windows Insider Program and has since grown to include the Office Insider, Edge Insider, Xbox Insider, and Skype Insider programs.
With the Family Insider Program, Microsoft will allow users to test its family-related software. To kickstart the project, Microsoft is actively seeking customers to test those services and participate in monthly calls with Microsoft engineers. The goal is to create a collaborative environment to improve current family solutions and create new experiences.
“Microsoft teams take Insiders behind-the-scenes on virtual monthly community calls where product leads, designers, engineers, and researchers present new family experiences and learn about Insiders' unique perspectives.”
Furthermore, Microsoft will also send members a monthly newsletter highlighting information from polls and surveys. Family Insiders will also receive chances to have one-on-one meetings with Microsoft product divisions.
In an introduction blog post, the company explains the benefits of the Family Insider Program:
“Family Insiders have tested Microsoft Defender for Individuals before public release, shared feedback about the new Family widget on Windows, and virtually met with Family Safety, OneDrive, Lists, Edge, and Education teams to share what matters most to them and their family.”
Interested users can signal their intention to participate by logging into their Microsoft Account and completing a profile and survey.
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