Xbox One 19H1 previews are coming to the Alpha ring starting today

Ever since September, Xbox Insiders have needed to be on the Skip Ahead subset of the Preview Alpha ring in order to try out 19H1, which is the next development branch of Windows 10. Today though, those on the regular Alpha ring - which is still invitation-only - can test out the next major feature update.

Of course, the only real issue is that actual features haven't been announced. Xbox does development differently than Windows 10, which has two feature updates per year. Xbox consoles still get those two major updates, but there are minor feature updates in-between. Ever since version 1810, which was Redstone 5, Insiders on the lower rings have tested version 1811 and 1902.

Naturally, the features in those minor updates have shown up in 1904, the version number for the current 19H1 previews, but it's tough to add new features that are specific to 1904 when there are more updates planned in the interim.

There are some fixes and known issues to be aware of in today's build. Here's what got fixed:

My Games and Apps

  • Improved the installation of FastStart titles and more titles added. The title list of titles is located here: https://www.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-one/faststart

System

  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and base operating system framework updates.

Here are the known issues:

Dashboard – Blank Tabs

  • We are aware that some users are seeing Dashboard tabs not loading console on boot. Please file feedback ASAP when you see this so we can continue to investigate.

Profile Color

  • Sometimes users may encounter the incorrect Profile color when powering on the console.

My Games and Apps

  • We are tracking an issue in which certain apps are displaying the error code 0xD0000189 when launching. Workaround reboot the console and launch the app.

Skype

  • We are aware of an issue with skype that when a user clicks on a conversation and/or pressing X to start a video call seem to freeze and eventually crash skype.

As noted earlier, the Preview Alpha ring is the only ring left on the Xbox Insider Program where you still need an invitation to join. The Beta and Delta rings can be joined with various levels of experience in the program, and the Omega ring is where you'll start out.

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