Xbox Insiders have the chance to join Alpha and Alpha Skip-Ahead starting today

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What you need to know

  • Xbox Insiders can join Alpha or Alpha Skip-Ahead starting today.
  • These rings allow members to receive future OS builds.
  • You must fill out a survey if you are interested, and it is not guaranteed you will get in.

Alpha and Alpha Skip-Ahead Rings in the Xbox Insider Program are invite-only and usually open to a limited amount of people. Starting today, any Xbox Insider no matter what update preview ring they're in has the opportunity to join Alpha or Alpha Skip-Ahead by filling out a survey, though you're not guaranteed to get in.

Anyone interested in filling out the survey can do so directly through the Xbox Insider Hub. You should see a survey called "Joining new rings." If you've been selected to join the Alpha or Alpha Skip-Ahead Rings, you'll receive an Xbox Live message stating that enrollment is open.

Alpha Skip-Ahead members receive future OS updates, meaning they won't be available to the public for quite some time and may have features not found in other rings. Alpha members are able to receive previews of whichever OS build is coming next. As members, your job is to provide feedback on what works and what doesn't, essentially acting as testers before Microsoft can deploy the final builds.

It's unclear for how long Microsoft will be taking new applications for the program.

Jennifer Locke

Jennifer Locke has been playing video games nearly her entire life, and is very happy Xbox is growing a stronger first-party portfolio. You can find her obsessing over Star Wars and other geeky things on Twitter @JenLocke95.