October 14, 2009, 8:53 PM — As they are wont to do every time they near completion of adding new features, Microsoft is once again giving select Xbox Live members a crack at checking out the latest version of the Xbox 360 Dashboard before the public at large.
The process works exactly as it has in the past--you go to a registration site, sign in with your Windows Live ID, answer some questions about your internet connection and other Xbox Live-relevant information, and pray to the beta gods (having a Xbox Live Gold account helps). If you miss out, you can still expect to see a roundup of the new features on GamePro a few days before the public beta starts (much like we've done before), as well as a handful of Xbox Live tweets from yours truly.
You can find out more about the Xbox Live Preview Program via Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb's blog post, which is conspicuously devoid of Last.fm mentions. Hopefully it'll still be part of the next update--I've sent word to Major Nelson himself asking about that.