Two years ago, on the 1stJune 2016 – Dona Sarkar took over the Windows Insiders Program from Gabe Aul.
Over the past two years, we have seen countless releases within the program, fast ring, slow ring and Skip Ahead. We’ve seen new features introduced such as timeline, focus assist, improvements to Edge, security and Windows in general across the board.
But the Windows Insider Program has grown beyond that.
Windows Insiders have grown to become one of the biggest communities on the planet, with numbers over 15 million reaching every part of the globe. Windows Insiders come from all backgrounds and use Windows for a variety of different things – graphic design, software development, writing, film making who all feed into the product to make it better for everyone.
Through various initiatives within the Windows Insider Program such as the “Insiders4Good” fellowship (https://insider.windows.com/en-gb/community-fellowships/) – Dona and team have helped like-minded individuals use Windows 10 to help those in their communities availing of the support and advice of the Windows Insiders Network.
I was fortunate enough to meet Dona and her team at Build 2018 and one thing that stood out for me was the level of passion that she has for the program – something that became evident very quickly. Many individuals visited the Windows Insider booth over the 3 days and she took the time to listen to them, what they were doing in their communities, their thoughts on Windows 10 and how the product could be improved. She would actively encourage each and every person to put it in her words, “Do the thing!”.
Happy 2ndAnniversary as leader of the Windows Insiders Program Dona!