At the company's Ignite Australia conference, Microsoft's Bill Karagounis announced the new Windows Insider Program for Business (also known as 'WIP4Biz').

Bill said that a major goal of WIP4Biz is to "make Insider systems and capabilities more friendly and easier to fit into your business environments". He said that Microsoft wants there to be a deeper, and ongoing, focus for Windows 10 development "on things that are critical in corporate and business environments", to understand those customers' needs and improve its overall development process.

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He also outlined the key goals of WIP4Biz:

Bring Commercial Insiders into the community
  • Build a community of like-minded individuals to share information
  • Create experiences to build excitement and engagement with WIP
  • Advocate for the needs of the community with product changes including software updates and the supporting communication

Get feedback on commercial features/functionalities
  • Provide a scalable feedback mechanism for Insiders at all levels
  • Listen to businesses' and Insiders' needs and requirements
  • Test our new commercial features, migrate business workflows to pre-release software where appropriate and provide feedback

Support Windows Commercial deployment
  • Deliver information about new features in Windows and the benefits to the Insider's organization while supporting end user adoption
  • Offer a channel to have a real-time dialogue with WIP and Microsoft
  • Share success stories, provide role models and connections

Following today's announcement, the Windows Insider Program for Business will be gradually introduced "in the coming months". Microsoft says that business Insiders "may need to take additional action to access new features when they are made available." Those who are interested in registering their organizations for WIP4Biz can register now, by filling in a short survey on Microsoft's website...

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