Microsoft is looking for parents to join its Family Insider program to help the company test family-oriented features before their release. Microsoft didn’t really advertise this new program before, but its members have been able to test a couple of new family experiences that recently shipped on Windows such as the new Microsoft Defender app for Individuals.
In case you missed it earlier this month, Microsoft Defender for Individuals is a new cross-platform app that requires a Microsoft 365 Personal or Family subscription. The app works as a central hub for managing and monitoring security protections for all devices used in your family, and it complements Microsoft’s Family Safety portal.
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“Family Insiders have tested Microsoft Defender for Individuals before public release, shared feedback about the new Family widget on Windows, and virtually met with Family Safety, OneDrive, Lists, Edge, and Education teams to share what matters most to them and their family,” the company said in a blog post yesterday.
You can sign up on this page to become a Microsoft Family Insider and participate in feedback opportunities. In addition to getting early access to new features, members can participate in virtual monthly community calls with employees, enjoy one-to-one connections with product teams, and get some free Microsoft swag.
As pointed out by ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft has been promoting some of its less-known testing programs recently. The company invited IT Pros to join its Windows Customer Connection Program earlier this month, and the software giant also has a separate Customer Co-creation program for Cloud and AI services.