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Show your Windows Insider status to the world with these exclusive ninja cat wallpapers

Whenever the Blogging Windows site is updated, it’s usually because there’s a bug fix, or an announcement about the program, or a new build. With a temporary hold on new preview builds, the Insider team has been up to something, and we now know that it’s a special surprise for Insiders.

Yes, Gabe Aul, general manger for the Windows Insider Program, took the to blog this morning to announce a series of wallpapers that proudly bear your Insider status. Tell your friends that you know what it means to truly test a system with the finest in ninja cat wallpapers.

The Insider team released a number of these images, and they all feature ninja cat with a series of different animals, both mythical and historical. Notably, ninja cat is seen riding a narwhal with bacon on its horn, a fire-breathing unicorn, and T. rex with robot claws to extend its reach. They all feature a text bubble in the lower corner with the words “I’m a Windows Insider.”

The team also released a do-it-yourself kit that includes raw images of ninja cat and the different animals. Users can share their creations on social media using #windows10 and #ninjacat.

Ninja cat is inspired by an image created by Jason Heuser, which features the same cat riding a unicorn breathing fire, with the caption, “Welcome to the Internet, follow me.” There’s also another surprise hidden in Skype, although Aul didn’t explain what it might be, but instead suggested that it might not even be found.

It’s good to see that the Windows development team hasn’t lost its sense of humor over the past year of testing and responding to feedback. With just the release of Windows 10 right around the corner, initial development is through, and the team will have to start wiring up Redstone, the next major update to the OS. Redstone will roll out in two parts, one around June 2016, and the other the following October.

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