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    • #1976416 Reply

      woody
      Da Boss
    • #1976444 Reply

      joep517
      AskWoody MVP

      This may not be a bad thing. I’ve participated almost since the beginning and it seems to have drifted away from a using/testing/engineering focus. While worthwhile, there has been a lot of time spent on developer evangelization throughout the world in the last couple of years.

      Perhaps a new leader will get this back to a testing group with more focus on formal tests and feedback.

      --Joe

      • #1976476 Reply

        MrJimPhelps
        AskWoody_MVP

        I’ve participated almost since the beginning and it seems to have drifted away from a using/testing/engineering focus. While worthwhile, there has been a lot of time spent on developer evangelization throughout the world in the last couple of years.

        Sounds like all of those bugs and quirks you’ve been putting up with for the last couple of years have been for nothing.

        Group "L" (Linux Mint)
        with Windows 8.1 running in a VM
        • #1976520 Reply

          joep517
          AskWoody MVP

          I don’t know that I’d go that far. Quite a few have been fixed. Some have not.

          --Joe

      • #1976535 Reply

        anonymous

        Has it drifted? Or has it stayed the course as laid by directives not in line with your expectations? Hard to tell from the outside. What is easy to see are the multiple missed opportunities to correct the course, had that been desired.

    • #1976532 Reply

      Microfix
      Da Boss

      Well perhaps Donna Sarkar knows something the media don’t (yet) or has been given a gentle nudge in the right direction from an MS Guardian Angel..good for her.

      Hey, 17 million beta testers can’t all be wrong, can they? Or can they?

      I have a scenario (based on someone I know):
      ‘oh, that works, that works, that too, don’t need that, that or that but it’s just what I need now AND it’s the most recent version (discussion bragging rights), I’m protected and safe, it was free and it’s the BEST OS out there with some cool features’

      then along comes some updates..’they’ve broken it again!’
      Nothing to do with the fact that person has took an axe to parts of the OS. /facepalm

      ********** Win7 x64/x86 | Win8.1 x64 | Linux Hybrids x64 **********

      • #1976673 Reply

        anonymous

        More like 900 million BETA Testers considering how many issues are getting past the Insiders and what little there is of any QA/QC folks that have become as rare as hen’s teeth in Redmond.

    • #1976787 Reply

      abbodi86
      AskWoody_MVP

      To me, Gabe Aul period was far better

    • #1976817 Reply

      Cee Arr
      AskWoody Plus

      I’m one of the millions of “outsiders” to whom this makes no never mind what so ever. The MS musical chairs change has done diddily squat to the Wndows  10 Updating stuff ups. Who ever within MS who sorts that schmozzle out will get my eternal admiration – but I’m not holding my breath.

    • #1977790 Reply

      Lars220
      AskWoody Lounger

      Warning: the following may seem contentious, disputatious, and even abrasive to the sensibilities of some readers of this topic. Grains of salt should be kept close at hand, and maybe smelling salts to arouse those who may pass out from the debatable sentiments expressed below.

      The win10guru website has some interesting observations and opinions concerning recent developments with the Windows Insider Program.
      From a September 30, 2019 article, a possibly controversial (?) quote :

      “During Gabe Aul’s tenure, feedback, criticism and testing were taken seriously. Under Sarkar, the Insider Program concentrated instead on infamous ninja cat and taco hat jokes, creating new smileys and other activities quite far from the original idea of the program.”

      Windows Insider Program Celebrating 5th Anniversary

      Another viewpoint about Dona Sarkar leaving Windows Insider Program,
      It will be interesting to see who will be the new WIP team leader.

      https://win10.guru/team-lead-dona-sarkar-leaves-windows-insider-team/

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