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Windows Insider Program now has 7 million members

Windows Insider Program now has 7 million members

by AshwinSeptember 4, 2015

About a month before Windows 10 was released, Microsoft boasted that it had a whopping 5 Million members in the Windows Insider Program.


The community has been around for nearly a year, since the first “Technical Preview” of Windows 10, was launched in October 2014.

Let’s take a look back at how they helped Microsoft build Windows 10.

You could say that the Windows Insider Program is the heart of Windows 10, and its members are its heartbeat. It was these members who downloaded and installed the operating system, and began reporting bugs to Microsoft. They also played a great role in shaping up Windows 10, by sharing invaluable feedback with the Redmond company’s community. Microsoft made things easier, by including a Windows Feedback app, in Preview Builds of the OS. This app could be used to provide suggestions, new ideas, and also report issues directly, without having to open the browser and logging in to the community forums.

About three weeks ago, i.e., a couple of weeks after Windows 10 had been launched, Microsoft had announced proudly that the Windows Insider Program had gained a further million members, taking the total to 6 million members. I’ll be honest here, I expected the number to drop, in fact I was under the impression the number would diminish greatly, and existing Insiders would opt out of the Preview Program, and stick to the general availability version, Windows 10 Build 10240.

And in mid-August, Microsoft said that over 50 million users were using Windows 10 on their devices. Last week, that number rose to 75 million, an incredible 25 million new users, who joined the Windows 10 bandwagon in just twelve days.

Now, going by the numbers, you would expect the number of Insiders to fall, right? Wrong. Microsoft was at the IFA trade show in Berlin Germany, to show off several new devices from its OEM partners, which ran on Windows 10. It was at this consumer electronics trade show, that the Redmond company announced the incredible news, that the Windows Insider Program had added another Million members, reports Neowin. Now there are over 7 million insiders using Windows 10 preview builds.

It is likely that Microsoft’s total statistics for Windows 10 includes the Insiders as well. But the company is yet to reveal the details of how many of those members are on the different editions/builds of the OS.

What about you? Are you one of the cool 7 million running the bleeding edge version of Windows 10? or are you sticking to the general availability build?