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Microsoft inviting UK fans to private Facebook page for special treatment

If you are a fan of Microsoft and their products, it looks like some of you may have a new avenue to not only share that feeling but help the company too.

Special invites are reportedly going out to UK Facebook members asking them to apply to a new program for fans of Microsoft. The purpose of the program is a little more nuanced, however, as those accepted will get some favorable treatment from the software maker:

"We're looking for people who think of themselves as fans of Microsoft products and services for a new, fan-focused set of activities we've created for the UK. People who are accepted onto this programme will get access to a hidden Facebook group and will get opportunities to work with us more closely, be updated more regularly, and generally given the fan treatment!"

To join the Facebook page users who were invited to apply need to write an email that is "100 words or fewer" about "what you like about Microsoft products or services". If accepted, Microsoft will get back to you in a short time.

The new program seems to be one of many outreach adventures by the company to keep fans and loyalists happy during the Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile transition.

In the past, we have seen programs whereby users received a Lumia 950 and Display Docks in exchange for feedback on the phone and OS. All of this appears to be a continuation of the feedback loop philosophy of Windows 10 where the OS itself prompts users for opinions on features and design. All of that crowdsourced data goes back to Redmond with the aim of further refining Microsoft products.

No word if this program will expand to other regions. Note: We're not sharing the email address to apply as not to undermine Microsoft's preselection process.

Thanks, Steve E., for the tip!

Daniel Rubino
Executive Editor

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

  • Hopefully it'll come to us :)
  • Basically you asked when in us. ;)
  • When is India :P
    i love to give feedback to improve their products even for free... :)
  • Off Topic, but Windows Central App on Android is much better and beautiful. Post from Windows central for Android Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Is that a tip or a news?
  • I love the design of the WC universal app.. But no animation... Its kind of boring.. It takes 2 seconds to open a article and no animation.
  • Nice.
  • Keynote
  • Why are these things always for Facebook users :( Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • I'm not in the UK, so I'm out anyway... but, I fully support your comment... what about the people out here that DON'T want there life all over the internet! :)
  • Because you basically become their advertising campaign that way. I'm guessing it let's them see your friends and personal information for targeted advertising. It's why I keep so little in my Facebook (and never participate in such things).
  • That's why you never win
  • You are not winning anything, you are paying for it with your personal data.
  • That's if you put your personal data out there.
  • I agree. Not really to support FB, but there are many ways to protect yourself on FB. I will say that it isn't user friendly, but the ability exist. Currently my job doesn't think I have a FB page...I made sure of that using the security options spread through out the FB settings.
  • I'll never trust a company built on the back of data mining personal information. It is why I do not have a Google account. You can set things to private, but it'll get out there one way or another. The most-personal thing on my Facebook profile is my birthday. I have no pictures or likes, and I do not post content or comment on others' posts.
  • You can put false details in your google account...
  • Easiest way of gathering people across the country in a single online group. Those who don't have an account, but really want to join this, could surely just make one for that sole purpose? It's not like it costs.
  • Kamesh, you are NOT invited to this... sorry! :)
  • Oooooo I'm crying in the corner :P try harder next time, terrible troll.
  • Oh Kamesh, I was just joking... sheesh, settle down...
  • Microsoft rewarding fandom like this is good! Something for the diehard Microsoft fanboys to cheer about! :) Btw, Steve E. = Stephen Elop? ;P Posted from the Windows Central app Built for Windows 10
  • When it comes to the us let me know!!
  • I got the invite but don't use Facebook so will have to pass - there better not be any freebies that I miss out on!
  • can I have your invite then :-) !
  • Think there alot of us that would take the invite
  • One for the true kool aid drinker! :)
  • WEN IN US?
  • Microsoft Nigeria never do such things all this do are contests which will be won by someone using Samsung GS6,give him a windows phone and the ***** might be one of those people who come here to troll windows mobile
  • Would-be interesting Sent from Lumia 950
  • I'm in a similar group here in the US that was started by Nokia but still active (not nearly as it was though) when Microsoft took over. We do surveys and every so get to try out and review hardware.
  • Thats cool
  • When in Slovakia? Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Does the invite come to us by email or what...? (I'm in the UK)
  • By email
  • Here's hoping I get the email!
  • When in US?
  • And in respect to my Indian Brothers... When in India? :P
  • Wen, not when
  • How about these program for student in 3rd world country, can become potential thing
  • I received the email today. Have to respond by 25th for a limited number of places!
  • Hope to see dancers dressed as skimply clad schoolgirls. Way to party, Microsoft! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android