August 6th 2010 8:42 pm PT
I’ve recently received a number of questions over Xbox LIVE and Twitter about beta or preview programs we occasionally run for Xbox. All Beta programs we run at Microsoft are run through our official portal Microsoft Connect, located at http://connect.microsoft.com/.
If you receive an email (or see a website) claiming to invite you to be part of a beta and are unsure and don’t want to immediately click on any links (because you practice online safety) here is what you can do to help protect yourself: look closely at the link and make sure it points to http://connect.microsoft.com.
If you were invited to be a part of any preview or beta program, once you sign in to Connect with the Windows LIVE ID that received an email, you will see a survey that you’ll need to complete for the beta program you were invited to participate in.
Once you do that you’ll be in a pending status for the program. If you don’t see a survey to complete, then you have no pending beta programs to participate in.
As always, do not give your email address or other information out to any web site claiming to offer you a chance to be part of a beta program.
Once again, we only use Connect.
I hope this will help answer a few questions. Be safe.