Xbox LIVE Public Preview Program *UPDATED*

Update: Registration is now closed. See the note at the bottom of this post for details

At E3 we announced the new Xbox LIVE dashboard which will deliver intuitive navigation, increased responsiveness and improved engagement with Xbox experiences – all beginning this holiday. Now that our work on the dashboard is almost complete, we are announcing an open call for all Xbox LIVE members to register to participate in a preview program to help us test the system. This is an important program as we continually strive to ensure the reliability of a service that reaches tens of millions globally. We could not do so without the ongoing help of our great community. 

Once this program is kicked off, an update will be pushed to your console that will contain select dashboard features, including:

    •    New design for integrated Kinect and controller navigation
    •    New Beacons to play online with friends
    •    Deeper Facebook integration
    •    New Cloud Storage for Game Saves and Xbox LIVE Profile

Other features and entertainment partner apps may come into view during the program period.

Note: A console in the program is expected to remain fully compatible with standard retail consoles not in the program. (e.g. party chat will function)

For those familiar with previous registrations for our program, we have a new model for registering your consoles this year.  The new model is a more automated process that should make it easier for you.  We will not ask you to type in your console information upon initial registration; once you are approved to participate in the program, look for details on our portal about how to register your console.

Click here for the initial register for the Public Preview.

The latest information will be available to you via the www.connect.microsoft.com/xboxliveupdate program portal.


UPDATE
: Thank you for your interest in the Xbox LIVE Update Preview Program! Sorry, at this time we are no longer accepting registrations for the program as we have reached our target audience volume. Please be on the lookout for additional opportunities in the future to participate in Xbox LIVE Update Preview programs. For those of you that have successfully completed registration we will be reaching out to you once we are ready to take you through the next steps – within the next 2 weeks. You can check on your status my referring to your Connect Dashboard page and the icon in the upper right corner.

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    1. For those of you that have successfully completed registration we will be reaching out to you once we are ready to take you through the next steps – within the next 2 weeks. You can check on your status my referring to your Connect Dashboard page and the icon in the upper right corner.

  1. Quote Arseny Kravchenko: If you have (will have) any pending actions that you need to do in any connection, that you are part of. you will see an icon of a pending actions in your Connect Dashboard. Currently (related to the Xbox LIVE Update Preview Program) there are no actions pending from the participants (of this program), so no such icon is shown there.

      1. Yeah. It cannot be a Sunday, which is today. It’s a weekend, and most employees are at home and unable to manage the program.

      2. ohh they can manage the program remotely with no problem and they need only few clicks to push out the Beta. i think its because in case of issues from MS side is more easy to solve it if there is more technical people near by and from Customer side if there is some problem the customer support should be available and as i know support not reachable at weekend.

      3. yes, as they aren’t just manage it on Connect, they review all the nominations manually and need to work on the xboxcom site
        side too, with getting all the gamertags provided in the beta survey to the person responsible for managing the usergroups on the forums, to be included in the group that has permissions to view and post in the preview forums section….

      1. Looks like they started to review the registered participants a day after registration was closed. Some received the acceptance mail on Friday, and the rest are pushed on queue to next week (that starts tomorrow).

  2. I got accepted to be one of the Testers, no word on when it actually starts but I have full access to the connect website for testers. I can’t give out any other information, as I had to sign an agreement to not give details, and I’m a man of my word. (And don’t want to be banned from future projects. Lol.)

      1. Just found this, on Twitter: “If you successfully signed up you will be a part of the program ^JG”. If you don’t believe me, put that whole sentence in Twitter searching-thingy ;D.

      1. Things??? I’d assume the console itself, that you plan to test the preview on, is an exception to this? It is still a ‘thing’ after all, and can be broken too 😀 😀

  3. Am I in if it says the following on my Connect page?

    “Welcome to the Xbox LIVE Update Preview Program. As a valued member of
    the program, we’re excited to have you here and look forward to your
    active involvement in this installment of the Xbox Preview Program.”

    I never got an e-mail saying I was accepted. Guess I have to wait?

    1. @XboxSupport claims, that everyone who participates will be accepted. But I’m not sure anymore about this, my “Connect” site says it doesn’t exist… I’m confused, again. 😛

  4. How do I know if I was accepted? When I go to the Connect site all I get is “We
    are looking forward to your active participation in the program and
    hope that you will check back in here on a regular basis to stay
    informed and involved with the latest updates happening in the program.”. I haven’t got an e-mail yet from them either. 

    1. click on dashboard at the top of the page. Then click on xbox live update. if it says this you’re in:

      Welcome to the Xbox LIVE Update Program!We are looking forward to your active participation in the program and hope that you will check back in here on a regular basis to stay informed and involved with the latest updates happening in the program.  To access the latest information available for the program click on the links in the left-hand navigation bar or the specific content links below. 

    1. You must be patient. Because the queue is being reviewed manually, it is taking time to review it all. You may not and cannot force it to be faster and you cannot demand it. When your application will be ready, you will receive it. But such behavior, that you show now is reducing your chances to be accepted EVER.

  5. I have Applied and it coming up with 
    Welcome to the Xbox LIVE Update Program!We are looking forward to your active participation in the program and hope that you will check back in here on a regular basis to stay informed and involved with the latest updates happening in the program.  To access the latest information available for the program click on the links in the left-hand navigation bar or the specific content links belowdoes this mean im in and im waiting for an email.. and If someone didnt Apply would it show that message??????

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