The Microsoft Insider Programs are stacking up. The company has now announced the debut of the Skype Insider Program. Just yesterday, Microsoft introduced the Xbox Insider Program as a replacement for the Xbox Preview Program.
With the Skype Insider Program, Microsoft is calling on users to help it make a big transition. The company is currently in the process of moving Skype from a peer-to-peer infrastructure to a cloud one. Like the other Insider programs the Skype Insider Program will let users receive early preview builds of the service.
These previews will include software and features before they are put for public release. In return, Microsoft asks users to provide feedback to help improve features before their full launch. The one caveat is these builds can be unstable and features are not always fully formed and functional.
Skype Insider Program
Until today, Microsoft has been rolling out Skype preview software through Windows 10 or individually. With the Skype Insider Program there is a centralized location for power users of the service. Microsoft has detailed some of the features of the program:
- As a Skype Insider, you can help us shape your Skype experiences as:
- You will have early access to Skype software and services updates and improvements.
- You will be able to give early feedback on these improvements and as well as help us iron out any quirks before we release them broadly.
- On top of that you will be able to submit your suggestions on what you would like to see in the Skype app in the future
Microsoft has set up a Skype Insiders Registration Form for users to sign up for the service. During this process, it is possible to choose which platform to sign up for.
However, the company points out that the program does not include the Skype Preview UWP app. This Windows 10 Universal Platform application is still being updated for previews through the Fast Ring on the Windows Insider Program.