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Windows Insider team – Out with the old boss, where’s the new one?

A week ago we reported on Dona Sarkar leaving the Windows Insider team, which suddenly and surprisingly left the team without a team lead. Everything we know — or rather, everything we do not know — owing to Microsoft’s and its Insider team’s silence on this sudden move, only makes me more convinced that Sarkar’s departure was not planned. My best guess is that this change came as a surprise to her, too.

Indeed, the past year has been difficult for the Windows Insider team. It all started with a somewhat arrogant decision to release version 1809 without testing it first in the Release Preview Ring, so as to be able to release it “live” at a Microsoft event. We all remember the circus that followed. The only positive thing that it brought to us Insiders was that it killed the ninja cat and taco hat jokes literally overnight. All social media accounts were cleaned. Other than that, the next release, version 1903 had its own issues and was ready for commercial deployment only a month ago. The same kinds of  delays may also postpone the version 1909 release. At present, the Insider team blogs that they think they have a release candidate build, but I guess last year has taught them to be more cautious. We just have to wait and see what happens, and exactly when 1909 / 19H2 will be released.

Anyway, this silence is quite revealing. I am not the only Insider who has criticized the team’s communication skills (or lack thereof). A team lead leaving in such way leaves the whole Insider community to wonder what’s going on. But there’s been no word on social media or on the Insider blog, excluding the official and initial announcement of Ms. Sarkar’s departure.

I hope I am not reading too much between the lines. But the social media silence and the way this has been handled makes me think that Ms. Sarkar’s new post was tailor-made for her. I’m inclined to believe it was created to make a sudden decision look better and to avoid any negative publicity.

Whoever the new team lead might be, he or she will have a lot to do to regain the Insider community’s trust. Thinking positively, luckily there’s only way the new lead can take the team, upward and onward! I look forward to welcoming that new boss, and to doing my part to provide feedback and input on how to make Windows 10 better. That’s what we’ve always wanted, here at Win10.Guru.


Author: Kari Finn

A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.

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