So I have now been updated to the preview. First of all to get positives out of the way, I love that there is a clear all button on notifications, and the new mini guide is far better. From there though, the first thing that I did was go through settings... and I hate the way they've split settings that used to fit in 7 or 8 pages into something like 20 pages. You scroll down to the kinect/devices section, and then there's another button to bring you to a new screen to change your settings. It's a pain. And the "My games & apps" page has not changed a bit (yet?). It's a huge pain to scroll through so if this doesn't change I'll be very disappointed. The dashboard is now flush with content ads. I don't mean that it's added extra ads to each screen... but that the entire "Games", "Apps", "Movies & TV", and "Music" panes are ads for content. So that leaves "Home", "Community", and "OneGuide" for what should be actual useful things on a daily basis.
Community I don't even care about myself, but I understand the appeal for others. And you'd think a revamped OneGuide page would include the apps I actually have installed, like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, etc. Instead, I see Youtube, Microsoft Movies & TV, Crackle, Starz Play, and Live TV. Well, I don't have Live TV on this console. I don't have access to Starz Play, and Crackle isn't even installed on my console. So that's another page that is wasted. And when I load up app channels, it shows me apps like TelemundoNow which is pretty dumb considering I don't speak spanish.
And then the homescreen, I've made complaints about it before... but the main thing is that pins (and the "My games & apps" launcher) is all the way at the bottom of a scrolling list, with no sign whatsoever that it's there. You have to know that you need to scroll to the bottom or press RT, which is not something that is at all intuitive for a non-gamer.
Oh, and FYI, no Cortana yet.
Edit: After I rebooted my console, the live TV section in the OneGuide pivot went away at least. Still not showing apps that are actually relevant to me though. And if you prefer a static colored background by the way, which I did in the previous dashboard... you're going to want to change that, because it looks terrible in combination with the new version. I mean, it's basically designed around a background picture now, so if you don't have one it doesn't work.
Last edited by jhoff80; 09-29-2015 at 04:28 PM.