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Do you enjoy finding bugs and suggesting improvements? Then we and the entire micro:bit community need your help!

The Foundation is committed to producing the very best software and hardware that inspires every child. We can only do that by getting feedback. If you decide to become a micro:bit tester you will have the power and influence to improve the features that work for you and fix those that don't. No doubt you will have new ideas that we hadn't thought of before.

All you need to do is subscribe to our mailing list and we will send you regular instructions about micro:bit software that we'd like you to test. Remember you will know about a release long before we tell the rest of the world. Please note that Beta testing program is only open to those 13 and over.

We currently have the following testing programmes:

By selecting 'Sign up' below you'll be directed to MailChimp, our email list service here you will be asked a bunch of questions to join the testing program.

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MakeCode for micro:bit Windows 10 App

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What is it?

This is a Windows Store app that you can use to program your micro:bit with Microsoft MakeCode.

The app has a few extra features over the editor at makecode.microbit.org that will work on micro:bits with up-to-date interface firmware:

  • Automatically program your micro:bit over USB, without needing to drag-and-drop the file onto the micro:bit drive.

  • Directly read serial data from your micro:bit for data logging and other fun experiments.

What we need to test:

Because the Windows 10 App talks directly to the micro:bit, it is more dependent on the drivers installed on your operating system to work properly.

Different computer manufacturers provide different hardware and different drivers, and we need to check that the app works smoothly on the same huge range of hardware that we find in schools. This means old machines, new machines, and special configurations that you might have built yourself. There are also sometimes interactions between other hardware tools or drivers that you've installed previously and the drivers for the micro:bit so we'd like to hear about any issues you have.

Also, this app requires the latest firmware on your micro:bit, so we need to test that the instructions for doing that are clear, and the messages when there are errors and the firmware needs updating lead users to the right place.

Where do I report bugs?

If you have a GitHub account, you can report issues directly on the source repository

If you'd like to talk to micro:bit support about the issue, then you can start here

Micro:bit Swift Playgrounds

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What is it?

Swift Playgrounds is an app for the iPad that helps teach people to code in the Swift language using interactive 'books'.

We've built a Swift Playgrounds book that lets you program the micro:bit. This also includes a Swift API for interacting with the micro:bit.

This works on iPads with iOS 11 and newer; iPad Air, Air 2 and 5th-gen iPad. iPad Mini 2, 3, and 4 and all iPad Pros.

The micro:bit will communicate with the iPad wirelessly using Bluetooth Low Energy.

What we need to test:

This is a completely new thing for micro:bit, so any feedback is welcome.

We especially want to hear if you have any trouble getting the micro:bit setup with the iPad

We've also written this book to be easy to use for making your own books. If you've got ideas for Swift Playground books that work with the micro:bit then please raise a support ticket.

Where do I report bugs?

If you have a GitHub account, you can report issues directly on the source repository or raise a support ticket.

Still reading? You're just the kind of tester we need. Thanks for helping us make micro:bit better.

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