Microsoft announces Windows Insider Program for Business

The Windows Insider Program has already been a success in terms of garnering feedback from the consumer segment, and now Microsoft is ready to take it to the enterprise as well. Speaking at its Ignite conference in Australia (via Neowin), Microsoft formally announced the Windows Insider Program for Business (helpfully shortened to WIP4Biz), through which it hopes to gain more insight from IT professionals in business as new builds are tested.

WIP4Biz

There's no word on when the program will fully launch and start bringing new builds to IT professionals, but its dedicated website provides a little more information on what to expect:

In the coming months, we'll be adding additional features to the existing Windows Insider Program to better support you in your job. Incorporating the Windows Insider Program for IT Professionals into your deployment plans enables you to prepare your organization for Windows 10, to deploy new services and tools more quickly, to secure your applications, to increase productivity giving you confidence in the stability of your environment.

For now, any interested IT professionals can go ahead and register their interest on the WIP4Biz website by filling out a short survey.

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12 Comments
  • I've no business use or power use for Windows on any device so I'm purely speculating here but wouldn't most business users avoid Insider Builds like the plague if they are so dependant on their devices functioning well and without crippling bugs (depending on the insider ring)?
  • In production yes, but as an IT Engineer, I can say that testing our software, against new builds will allow us to be more effective at managing and developing on the new platform. Most companys IT people usually have a few computers, or even Hyper-V machines that we call "labs" that we test on. Having the ability to get more Insider builds for enterprise will be awesome for support as well as helping teach users how to use these new features.
  • Actually I prefer to keep at least one rig on a preview build in my IT department. Since Windows like to auto update no matter what, even when defered and otherwise, I like to be prepared in case programs will not work so I can force PC's to not update. Sure, I can do this other ways through WSUS and what not but I also want to keep the security patches and other updates rolling in smoothly and automatically with minimal input since there are only two IT people for 11 locations. So if I can put a business focused insider update on instead of a general preview, I would love it. Will help me head off problems and is also a great test PC for new software we are thinking of deploying.
  • Of course that's for IT staff, not for the end users
  • I'm sure a lot of IT folks aren't allowed to do this srt of thing at work.
  • You are most definitely wrong
  • Actually they need it, or at least they should, because they have to test their company software on the newer versions of the platform.
  • I don't think so. The preview build is buggy, if you are testing company software, you are unsure if this is system problem or the software problem.
  • If the Line of Business software hasn't been changed but it suddenly doesn't work on a preview build, that's a helpful thing to know while that's still a preview build.
  • Excellent. I'll be adding a few devices into this program for feedback purposes.
  • If the Insider program is as bad for business as its been for everyone else, let me say this, about that ... If you wanna keep your business ... DON'T DO IT!!!!!!
  • As an Enterprise user that's been an Insider from Day 1, I've found it invaluable. I run Fast Ring on all of my personal devices and am currently forced to sub-optimize on my core system to stay on production releases. Admittedly, I'm not the standard, but my role is to innovate. And I do. Some of which comes from what I learn CAN be done