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  • Microsoft Insider: Pros, and the many cons

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    ISSUE 19.49 • 2022-12-05


    Peter Deegan

    By Peter Deegan

    Microsoft pushes its Insider versions of Office software very hard, promising the latest features faster than the public at large receives them.

    But it doesn’t mention the downsides of using beta software, the confusing and ever-changing labels, and the real reason why the company promotes the Insider editions of Office and Windows so strongly.

    Anyone can become an Office or Windows Insider. Microsoft pushes the various levels of test software for Office and Windows with phrases such as “Get the scoop on our newest builds and features” and “Help shape the future of Office.” As usual, that’s stretching the truth, hiding the real purposes of Microsoft’s Insider program.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (19.49.0, 2022-12-05).
    This story also appears in our public Newsletter.