Introduction to the Windows Insider Program for Business

Applies to

  • Windows 10

For many IT Pros, it’s valuable to have visibility into feature updates early–before they’re available in the General Availability Channel. With Windows 10, feature flighting enables participants in the Windows Insider Preview program can consume and deploy preproduction code to test devices, gaining early visibility into the next build. This is better for your organization because you can test the early builds of Windows 10 to discover possible issues with the code or with device and app compatibility in your organization before the update is ever publicly available. We at Microsoft also appreciate it because Insiders can report issues back to us in time for us to make improvements in a release before it is more generally available.

The Windows Insider Program for Business gives you the opportunity to:

  • Get early access to Windows Insider Preview Builds.
  • Provide feedback to Microsoft in real time by using the Feedback Hub app.
  • Sign in with corporate credentials (Azure Active Directory) and increase the visibility of your organization’s feedback with Microsoft – especially on features that support your productivity and business needs.
  • Register your Azure Active Directory domain in the program, allowing you to cover all users within your organization with just one registration.
  • Starting with Windows 10, version 1709, enable, disable, defer, and pause the installation of preview builds through policies.
  • Track feedback provided through the Feedback Hub App across your organization.

Microsoft recommends that all organizations have at least a few devices enrolled in the Windows Insider Program, to include the Windows Insider Program in their deployment plans, and to provide feedback on any issues they encounter to Microsoft via our Feedback Hub App.

The Windows Insider Program doesn’t replace General Availability Channel deployments in an organization. Rather, it provides IT Pros and other interested parties with pre-release Windows builds that they can test and ultimately provide feedback on to Microsoft.

Windows 10 Insider Preview builds enable organizations to prepare sooner for Windows Semi-Annual releases and reduce the overall validation effort required with traditional deployments.

Explore new Windows 10 features in Insider Previews

Windows 10 Insider Preview builds offer organizations a valuable and exciting opportunity to evaluate new Windows features well before general release. What’s more, by providing feedback to Microsoft on these features, you and other Insiders in your organization can help shape Windows for your specific business needs. Here’s how to get the most out of your feature exploration:

Objective Feature exploration
Release channel Fast Ring: Insider Preview builds in the Fast Ring are released approximately once a week and contain the very latest features. This makes them ideal for feature exploration.
Users Because Fast Ring builds are released so early in the development cycle, we recommend limiting feature exploration in your organization to IT administrators and developers running Insider Preview builds on secondary devices.
Tasks – Install and manage Insider Preview builds on devices (per device or centrally across multiple devices)
– Explore new features in Windows designed for organizations, including new features related to current and planned line of business applications
– Before running an Insider Preview build, check our Windows Insider blog for a summary of current features.
Feedback – This helps us make adjustments to features as quickly as possible.
– Encourage users to sign into the Feedback Hub using their Azure Active Directory work accounts. This enables both you and Microsoft to track feedback submitted by users within your specific organization. (Note: This tracking is only visible to Microsoft and registered Insiders within your organization’s domain.)
Learn how to provide effective feedback in the Feedback Hub

Validate Insider Preview builds

Along with exploring new features, you also have the option to validate your apps and infrastructure on Insider Preview builds. Early validation has several benefits:

  • Get a head start on your Windows validation process.
  • Identify issues sooner to accelerate your Windows deployment.
  • Engage Microsoft earlier for help with potential compatibility issues.
  • Deploy Windows 10 General Availability Channel releases faster and more confidently.
  • Maximize the support window that comes with each General Availability Channel release.
Objective Feature exploration
Release channel Slow Ring: Insider Preview builds in the Slow Ring are released approximately once a month. They are more stable than Fast Ring releases, making them better suited for validation purposes. Slow Ring releases can be run on either secondary or primary production devices by skilled users.
Users Application and infrastructure validation: In addition to Insiders who might have participated in feature exploration, we also recommend including a small group of application users from each business department to ensure a representative sample.
Tasks Application and infrastructure validation: Before running an Insider Preview build, check our Windows Insider blog and Windows Insider Tech Community pages for updates on current issues and fixes.
Feedback Application and infrastructure validation:Provide feedback in the Feedback Hub app and also inform app vendors of any significant issues.
Guidance Application and infrastructure validation:
– Use Upgrade Readiness to create an app inventory and identify mission-critical apps
– Use Device Health to identify problem devices and device drivers
– Windows 10 application compatibility

— Update: 20-03-2023 — found an additional article Windows Insider Program for Business FAQ from the website for the keyword windows insider programs for business and server.

Are the Windows Insider Program and Windows Insider Program for Business different programs?

No, the Windows Insider Program for Business is just one of the audiences we serve through the Windows Insider Program. With extra features focused on helping enterprises participate in the program, businesses can better prepare for the future as Windows Insiders, and we can get valuable feedback from key customers to help improve Windows. Learn more about the Windows Insider Program for Business.

Do I have to have an Azure Active Directory (AAD) account to join?

Yes, currently we’re only supporting AAD for corporate accounts. Make sure you use the same active account that you use to access your work email and other Microsoft services when registering.

If you don’t have an AAD, you can still join the program using your Microsoft account, but you won’t be able to manage updates across devices in your company or tag and track feedback as an enterprise.

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If I have more than one AAD account, which should I use?

Make sure you use the same active account that you use to access your work email and other Microsoft services when registering.

Use a production tenant of AAD, not a test tenant, to make the most of the program. The AAD tenant is just used for authentication, so you won’t need to worry about changes to it from the the program.

If I just want to participate as a Windows Insider, do I still need to register my AAD account?

No, you can join the Windows Insider Program using your Microsoft account, but you won’t be able to manage Insider Preview builds or track feedback across your organization if you don’t register with an AAD account.

If I'm already a Windows Insider with my Microsoft account, how can I switch to my AAD account?

How do I register for the Windows Insider Program for Business?

Use these instructions to register for the Windows Insider Program for Business.


Do I have to be an administrator on my device to run Windows 10 Insider Preview Builds?

Yes, you must be an admin on your device to change your update settings, so you can receive Insider Preview builds.

If you don’t have admin access on your work device, you can still join the program on your personal device with your individual Microsoft account.

Can I flight on more than one of my devices from the same registered account?

Yes, you can flight on as many devices as you’d like. Just make sure when giving feedback to file it from the device you’re experiencing the issue on, so any diagnostic data that’s included will show the issue.

How do I set up and manage Insider Preview builds not just on my device, but across my organization?

Administrators can install and manage Insider Preview builds centrally across multiple devices in your organizational domain. This requires an AAD domain, which must be registered in the Windows Insider Program.

Should I use Insider Preview builds in a live operating environment?

We do not recommend organizations run Insider Preview builds outside of their test environments. These preview builds aren’t the final versions, and they may change before commercial release or not be released commercially at all.

How do I use the Feedback Hub with my business account?

To use the Feedback Hub as an enterprise, you must have registered with an AAD account. When you submit feedback to us through that account, you can track feedback from other users in your organization, and we can track your company’s issues and suggestions.

If you were using the Feedback Hub with a Microsoft account before, your old feedback will not be transferred to your AAD account. You’ll have to switch back to your other account in Feedback Hub to access the feedback or badges tied to it. Learn more about giving feedback as a business.

Why am I getting a something went wrong error message in Feedback Hub?

You must be an admin to give an app access to your profile data, which means AAD admins must allow the Feedback Hub to see your info. If your AAD admin has blocked that option, you’ll see this error message when logging in with your AAD account.

Do devices need to have a Windows 10 license to run Insider Preview builds?

Yes, all devices need to have a valid Windows 10 license to run Insider Preview builds.

Which languages are supported?

Windows 10 Insider Preview Builds are available in the following SKU languages:

Arabic (Saudi Arabia), Bulgarian (Bulgaria), Chinese (Simplified, China), Chinese (Traditional, Taiwan), Croatian (Croatia), Czech (Czech Republic), Danish (Denmark), Dutch (Netherlands), English (United Kingdom), English (United States), Estonian (Estonia), Finnish (Finland), French (Canada), French (France), German (Germany), Greek (Greece), Hebrew (Israel), Hungarian (Hungary), Italian (Italy), Japanese (Japan), Korean (Korea), Latvian (Latvia), Lithuanian (Lithuania), Norwegian, Bokmål (Norway), Polish (Poland), Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian (Romania), Russian (Russia), Serbian (Latin, Serbia), Slovak (Slovakia), Slovenian (Slovenia), Spanish (Mexico), Spanish (Spain, International Sort), Swedish (Sweden), Thai (Thailand), Turkish (Turkey), Ukrainian (Ukraine)

Windows 10 Insider Preview Builds are available in the following Language Interface Packs (LIP) languages:

Afrikaans (South Africa), Albanian (Albania), Amharic, Armenian, Assamese, Azerbaijani (Latin, Azerbaijan), Bangla (Bangladesh), Bangla (India), Basque, Belarusian (Belarus), Bosnian (Latin), Catalan (Catalan), Cherokee (Cherokee), Dari, Filipino (Philippines), Galician (Galician), Georgian, Gujarati, Hindi (India), Icelandic, Indonesian (Indonesia), Irish, Kannada, Kazakh (Kazakhstan), Khmer (Cambodia), KiSwahili, Konkani, Kyrgyz, Lao (Laos), Luxembourgish, Macedonian (North Macedonia), Malay (Malaysia), Malayalam, Maltese, Maori, Marathi, Mongolian (Cyrillic), Nepali, Norwegian (Nynorsk), Oriya, Persian, Punjabi, Quechua, Scottish Gaelic, Serbian (Cyrillic, Bosnia and Herzegovina), Serbian (Cyrillic, Serbia), Sindhi (Arabic), Sinhala, Tamil (India), Tatar, Telugu, Turkmen, Urdu, Uyghur, Uzbek (Latin, Uzbekistan), Valencian, Vietnamese, Welsh


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