Microsoft launches Skype Insider Program

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Microsoft will start a beta testing program for Skype, similar to its Windows Insider program. Users can subscribe to the Skype Insider Program to get early access to updates, to provide Skype developers with feedback and to submit suggestions.

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I haven’t had any need to use Sky for years…

Be warned though :iagree:

Insider? Built to make you feel like you’re special or part of ‘something’ huh?
In reality, it is a cheap way for Microsoft to engage the public as (dummy) beta testers by harvesting all information from your computer themselves.

For you as a user however, it is asking for trouble unless you have above average knowledge in computing. It is also problematic from a privacy point of view, being it the Windows Insider program or indeed a communication app like Skype which I am personally skeptical about on a general level because it seems to communicate overly much with the company.

Think about that before jumping on the wagon. If you still want to join, go for it. :flower:

Users who join the program are not allowed to disclose anything about the Skype pre-releases before it becomes public. Confidentiality also has to be kept for 5 years after the program ends or when the user leaves the program.
Clearly, the first amendment to the US constitution is dead. Which, I guess is good for Microsoft, since they can’t stand transparency. Lord forbid that anyone should know anything before the approved date (assuming there is an approved date. If there isn’t, I assume the public will be left in the dark forever). We wouldn’t want the sky to fall, would we?

Still, I guess things [I]could[/I] be worse. You could end up being [I]forced[/I] to become a beta tester, like Windows 10 home users are.

In other news, when GNU/Linux distro developers release betas, the use of said betas typically comes with no such strings attached. In fact, companies like Canonical often try to make a significant splash on GNU/Linux news sites about upcoming betas. And there are distros like Arch and Fedora, which can be thought of as being in a perpetual beta state. If you give unfavorable criticism to these distros, nothing bad will happen to you. That’s the way it should always be