Xbox Live, Xbox.com and the Xbox Forums are now back online. In addition we have some new features for you. An all new My Xbox section (with the ability to quickly see the number of friends online, messages) with quick links to :
View your recent players list
Read your Xbox Live messages on Xbox.com
Send messages Xbox Live messages on the web (no way to currently send/listen to voice messages yet!)
A quick way to compare your profile with anyone on your friends list.
Now, its important to know that there are certain things you can ONLY do with a Gold account.
You can read more details on the new features over at Xbox.com, along with a handy grid that spells out what Silver and Gold members can do regarding messages.
I am working on some screen shots and will post them as soon as I can.
Edit: I just added photos of some of the new web features to my Flickr site.
Here is one showing me sending a message to ‘e’: