Microsoft's Windows Insider Program for Business reaches 30,000 organizations, a year after launch

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Last February, Microsoft announced the launch of the Windows Insider Program for Business (WIP4Biz). Today, exactly one year after its announcement, Microsoft Insider Program architect Jeremiah Marble revealed to Windows Central that over 90,000 people have joined WIP4Biz so far.

Between them, they represent more than 30,000 organizations worldwide, from the very smallest businesses, all the way up to enterprise giants. Among them are some of the world's largest corporations, including international banks, and global tech companies.

Windows Insider Program chief Dona Sarkar said today that the decision to implement WIP4Biz is an easy one for the growing number of companies that already see the value of Windows 10. "People and organizations who are in the program love the program," she added.

Just like consumers, businesses get a preview of new features in the OS before they're generally released, giving IT pros time to prepare for deployment throughout their organizations. WIP4Biz also comes with Windows Analytics, providing companies with deep insights into potential problems with future updates, long before those updates reach all users.

The wider, non-business Insider Program remains much larger than its WIP4Biz counterpart. Microsoft said in March 2017 that it had over 10 million Insiders, but it hasn't officially updated that figure over the last 11 months. Dona said that the number of Insiders has grown considerably since then but did not reveal exact numbers.

Andy Weir