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Microsoft Opens Xbox Insider Program Alpha and Skip Ahead Rings to More Users

Microsoft is asking Xbox Insider Program members to fill a survey showing they want to get an invite to the Alpha and Skip Ahead rings.


's various Insider Programs have proved to be a success. They allow the company to test new features and builds in a user environment, while users get access to those features early. Over on Xbox, the is spread over four development branches, but some are restricted.

In 2017, Microsoft created four separate rings within the Xbox Insider Program. Delta and Beta rings are largely unrestricted, and anybody can join. However, the Alpha and rings are by invitation only.

That means if you want access to the very newest features as early as possible, you need to be invited by Microsoft. Today, the company says it is spreading the invite net a little further. Specifically, any Xbox Insider Program can fill in a survey to tell Microsoft they want to join.

There are some important things to point out about this survey:

  • It is called “Joining New Rings”.
  • Users can signal their desire to move to the Alpha and Skip Ahead rings.
  • The survey is available at the Xbox Insider Hub.
  • There are no guarantees Microsoft will invite members who complete the survey.

Future Updates

If you're unfamiliar with the Alpha and Skip Ahead rings, they're the place you want to be for bleeding edge Xbox system updates and features. Skip Ahead is the most advanced and receives preview builds from beyond even the next update. You'll receive builds from the release after that.

As for the Alpha ring, it handles previews for the upcoming Xbox One build before those same features move to Delta and Beta rings.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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