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Microsoft adds Internet Explorer to Xbox dashboard update

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Wed Oct 17 2012, 15:27
Microsoft has updated its Xbox 360 dashboard

GAMING HARDWARE MAKER Microsoft is rolling out the dashboard update for its Xbox 360 console that will bring Internet Explorer to the device.

The firm is rolling out the update now, and says that it is doing so slowly and surely to ensure a stable release.

"To ensure a stable release, this will be a gradual deployment across subscribers and regions over the course of the next week," says a post from Xbox blogger Major Nelson.

"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."

As well as adding a web browser the dashboard has had an overall refresh. These are mostly cosmetic changes, like more tiles on panes and a combined TV and movie channel. US users also get a sports channel.

Other gewgaws include the ability to 'pin' content to your dashboard, for example films or music that you have enjoyed, and the ability to rate and view recommendations for game titles. The latter will let you see what your friends have recommended as well as ratings from the Rotten Tomatoes website.

Microsoft has, perhaps wisely, dropped the Zune word from the Xbox and where you once would have seen the "Zune Video Marketplace", an on-demand pay as you go video store, you will now see Xbox Video. If nothing else this is clearer.

A Recent tab will let you know what you have viewed or played, um, recently, while search has also been improved to the extent that it is now called Enhanced Search.

This is not the end of the updates, and Nelson said that once Windows 8 is out people will be able to use Xbox Smartglass, or pinch and zoom on a desktop or tablet to interact with their console. µ


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