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Microsoft Announces Windows App Preview Program for Insiders

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Microsoft is making it easier for Insiders to test the latest Windows app features with the introduction of the Windows App Preview Program.

Microsoft today officially announced the new Windows App Preview Program. The announcement was made in Dona Sarkar’s post about new Windows 10 preview builds released to Insiders today. This program gives Insiders in all rings access to early versions of Windows apps to test and provide feedback. Here is a look at how to opt-in to the program.

Windows App Preview Program

The new Windows App Preview Program is available to Insiders in the Slow, Fast, Release Preview rings. It’s an opt-in program and will let insiders try out the latest Windows app features first. Unlike the Windows 10 Insider program, it’s not an “all or nothing” deal. Not all the apps will be the latest preview versions. Instead, you can choose the specific app you want to be in the program for.

Windows 10 App Preview Program

The first wave of Windows apps in the preview program include the following:

  • Feedback Hub
  • Microsoft Photos
  • Microsoft Sticky Notes
  • Microsoft Tips
  • Paint 3D
  • Windows Alarms & Clock
  • Windows Calculator
  • Windows Camera
  • Windows Mixed Reality Viewer
  • Windows Voice Recorder

To opt-in to an app to preview program, launch one of the apps included in the program and go to the Settings or About page. Then scroll down toward the bottom and select the “Join Preview” button. Note that each app has limits to the number of testers for any given app. If all slots for an app are filled up, you’ll get a notification when a slot opens, so you can join them. If you want to leave the preview program, you can do that from the app’s Settings or about page and click the “Leave preview” button.

It’s also worth mentioning that if you’re in the Skip Ahead part of the Fast ring, you don’t need to do anything as you already receive the latest app previews automatically.

If you’re a Windows Insider, do you plan to opt-in to any of the app previews? Let us know in the comment section below, or head to our Windows 10 Forums for further discussion on this or all things Microsoft.


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