Microsoft is opening up Xbox Insider Alpha and Skip Ahead Rings – apply now!

Laurent Giret

Microsoft is allowing more Xbox Insiders to join its invite-only Alpha and Alpha Skip-Ahead rings this week. The Xbox team uses these two rings to test preview rings of future Xbox One system updates, and they’re pretty much the equivalent to the Fast and now-deprecated Skip Ahead rings for the Windows Insider program.

If you want to join the Alpha or Alpha Skip- Ahead ring, all you have to do is to complete the “Joining new Rings” survey in the Xbox Insider Hub. Not everyone will be invited, but your participation lets us know you’re interested,” the Xbox team said, adding that you’ll receive an Xbox Live message in case your application has been accepted.

Both the Alpha and Alpha Skip Ahead rings are currently testing “2006” preview builds for the next Xbox One system update coming in June. Microsoft has yet to detail the new features coming in this release, but the company is likely continuing to work on the Xbox Guide improvements that have been in testing since March.