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TeddyP's Avatar TeddyP 12:53 AM 10-16-2012
Microsoft will be rolling out its Fall Dashboard update to the Xbox 360 today.

Many of you have been involved in the 2012 Xbox LIVE Update Public Beta and have been busy getting an early look at the latest Xbox LIVE features. Today we’re starting to roll out the official release of the update to Xbox LIVE subscribers around the world. To ensure a stable release, this will be a gradual deployment across subscribers and regions over the course of the next week. Our initial deployment will reach approximately three million consoles worldwide, with additional users being updated over the course of a couple weeks. Don’t panic if you don’t see an immediate update, just keep checking back in.

In this update, you will see the following features.

- Refreshed Xbox 360 Dashboard. We’ve updated the UI with a few things, including an updated layout with more tiles, a combined TV & Movies channel and, in the US, a Sports destination.

- Internet Explorer for Xbox. With Internet Explorer on Xbox, you can easily find and view internet content on the biggest screen in the house, including HTML5 videos.

- Recommendations and Ratings. Recommendations will allow you to discover new favorites, generated based on a number of variables including the content you previously viewed, what your friends are consuming and what is most relevant and popular with our Xbox community. You can now rate content yourself and also see Rotten Tomatoes ratings.

- Pinning. Pinning lets you personalize the dashboard by saving your favorite movies, TV shows, games, music, videos and websites right to the home screen. It’s as easy as opening an app or a favorite movie and clicking “pin.”

- Xbox Video.
Formerly called Zune Video Marketplace, Xbox Video offers hundreds of thousands of TV shows and movies for buying or renting in instant HD streaming.

- Recent. Previously called Quick Play, the Recent view gives you a list of movies, games, apps or other types of content that you most recently accessed on the console.

- Enhanced Search. The last Xbox LIVE update brought Bing voice search to Xbox so you could use voice to search for movies, TV shows, actors, directors and artists. This year we added genre search to the list, so now you can search for action, comedy, romance, drama or sci-fi. Bing voice search now includes results for video across the Web, including YouTube.

- International Expansion of Voice Search. We’ve expanded our Kinect voice search capabilities to 9 new countries – Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Italy, Spain, Austria, and Ireland.

What about Xbox SmartGlass and Xbox Music?
That’s coming too, but not until Windows 8 launches on October 26th. When the Xbox SmartGlass app launches on tablets, PCs and smartphones, it will include key foundational experiences for interacting with your Xbox 360, such as dashboard and app navigation and Internet Explorer control, like text input, scrolling and pinch and zoom.

Yesterday, we shared all the details about Xbox Music, our brand new digital music service. Xbox Music begins rolling out today on Xbox 360, it will launch with free streaming on all Windows 8 PCs and tablets on October 26th and Windows Phone 8 as devices arrive in market. Xbox Music combines all the different ways people love to enjoy music, creating the ultimate all-in-one music service.

The 2012 Xbox LIVE update is beginning its rollout today and we expect all Xbox LIVE subscribers to have access to the update in the coming days.

Does this sound like a good update?


dailey1986's Avatar dailey1986 12:55 PM 10-16-2012
Yay more tiles for useless advertising so the dashboard can be even more cluttered. Im glad I pay $60 a year just to see Obama commercials everywhere. I will say until that stops updates are useless. Who needs internex explorer on the xbox I never used it on playstation. It seems like the money and time would have been better spent else where
TeddyP's Avatar TeddyP 01:30 PM 10-16-2012
The most interesting part for me is the inclusion of Internet Explorer. It will be interesting to see how it preforms.
SaviorMachine's Avatar SaviorMachine 02:17 PM 10-16-2012
Originally Posted by TeddyP View Post

The most interesting part for me is the inclusion of Internet Explorer. It will be interesting to see how it preforms.

Agreed. I'm curious about ergonomics and security.
cheap mike's Avatar cheap mike 03:13 PM 10-16-2012
Not sure if it's still the case, but IE was for use with Kinect only. Browsing via voice command should be fun.
kevin g.'s Avatar kevin g. 07:36 AM 10-17-2012
I can verify (being in the beta) that IE is not kinect only. You use the controller and chat pad. No flash video, however. It's executed pretty well, but I really don't see the point of browsing on my Xbox. Just because PS3 and Wii offer it?
I am more looking forward to the "free" music. I never understood why, if I am paying for LIVE, why would I need to pay for ZUNE music as well? Now, if I wanted to download, absolutely, I should pay for it. But a free music streamer, is nothing short of genius on their part. Yet another reason that MS wants the Xbox as your entertainment center...All these new "apps" will also give them info on what to include in the next iteration.
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