Want to help shape the direction of Windows 10? With the Windows 10 Technical Preview available to everyone, you can give direct feedback to Microsoft on the OS easier than ever before.
The Windows Insider Program is not all about giving feedback. You’ll also get early access to frequent technical preview builds. This gives you the chance to test out the latest Windows 10 builds before anyone else.
We’ll show you how to join the Windows Insider Program and why this is beneficial to everyone who uses a Windows OS.
Joining the Windows Insider Program
Before you get started, you will need a Microsoft Account to sign up for the Windows Insider Program. If you haven’t made one, yet, you’ll need to. If you have one, make sure to have your login details ready.
Head to the Windows Insider Program website here.
Click “Get started.”
Sign in to your Microsoft Account.
If you’re asked to verify your account details, enter the last four digits of your phone number or choose another verification method. Click “Next.”
Enter in the security code sent to you, then click “Submit.”
Microsoft has enabled app security verification. If you want to sign up, click “Set it up now” or click “Set it up later” to continue.
Congrats from Microsoft! You’re now signed up for the Windows Insider Program.
You’ll be directed to download and install the Windows 10 Technical Preview. You can read our guide on that here.
Once installed, you’ll be able to use the Feedback app to give direct feedback, criticisms, and more directly to Microsoft.
You’ll be able to add new feedback, respond to other’s feedback, upload screenshots, and more. You’ll be able to find out about existing issues, report new ones, and get a general idea of what issues other users are having.
You can access Windows Feedback from the Start Menu.
Open the “Start Menu,” then click the “Windows Feedback” tile.
From here, you can search for feedback or add your own.
What’s the Point of the Windows Insider Program?
Microsoft understands it made a lot of mistakes with Windows 8. The biggest one was failure to listen to its consumer feedback and frustration with the OS. The Windows Insider Program is its attempt to make it easier for consumers who want to test drive Windows 10 to give them the feedback they need to make.
They’re making it easy for consumers to give the feedback they need to make Windows 10 the best it can be and overcome the obstacles Windows 8 presented.
If you’re using the Windows 10 Technical Preview, you need to be sending feedback. If you downloaded and installed or upgraded to it, and aren’t sending feedback, you’re doing nobody a favor, least of all yourself.
The Windows Insider Program is meant to give you a sneak peek of Windows 10 and drive feedback Microsoft’s way. So take the initiative, join the program and provide any feedback that you can. Who knows? Maybe your suggestions can make the OS better for everyone.