New Xbox 360 dashboard update starts rolling out 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? 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.

For all the details on Xbox Music, check out the Microsoft News Center.

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.

Comments

  • http://twitter.com/Goodeye Ken C

    Please have the Smart glass team have the Android app work on the Nexus 7 tablet. The current Xbox app can be installed but crashes upon loading.

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  • http://twitter.com/dibils dibils

    i was in the beta and i am disappointed that there is not enough changes to the look. and non of the suggestions on the forums were implemented😦

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    • http://twitter.com/natragv Nathan Vernon

      Ditto. Such a shame because the ideas were great and could have easily been implented not affecting pricing/advertisements or anything. Features like allowing us to change the colour of the green tabs. Quite dissapointed.

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      • http://twitter.com/paulopinheiro__ Paulo Pinheiro

        2012 update beta forum was totally ignored by Microsoft.

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      • Dave Santorum

        Kind of handy as despite using the Beta for two months never got the invite to join the beta forum… also annoying as I found a way to crash the XBox back to a xxxxxxxx simply through an xxxxx xxxx and ^^^^^^^^. Censored in case I’m still under the NDA…

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      • http://twitter.com/paulopinheiro__ Paulo Pinheiro

        Microsoft say that this forum is monitored. They just don’t say that they do not care about what they read.

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      • mcmax3000

        I didn’t spend too much time in the forums, but during the bit of time I spent looking around there, I did see some people from MS posting, and I did see at least one piece of feedback get implemented.

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      • http://twitter.com/Navarin Buster Wolf

        WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK to ignore.

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    • BostonSup

      This was a horrible run of the beta. I don’t even know why they did it if they were going to ignore users. I had a feeling this was just to test the consoles and was not about improvements when they switched over to using forums for “feedback”.

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    • http://twitter.com/MythicalWolf77 Mythical Wolf

      To be fair, most of the suggestions were damn right stupid. I’m glad they chose to ignore suggestions.

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  • Fuzunga

    I had no issue with the original Blades interface. However, I quite liked the first NXE as well. Every update after that has gotten progressively worse, first to integrate with Kinect and now to integrate with Windows 8, two products I have no intention of ever buying.

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    • http://www.facebook.com/AlexAtkinUK Alexander Atkin

      I have to agree. While I love what Kinect does well, the act of integrating motion controls into the dashboard and apps has ruined their usability. They used to be well optimised for the controller, now its a lot more clunky.

      I only tried once or twice to use my hands to control them, then quickly realise why bother when using a controller or remote is SO MUCH easier and more reliable. You spend more time trying to make sure you hands are steady to get things to work than it would take to click with the controller.

      SmartGlass is going to make Kinect even more redundant for dashboard and app usage. I really wish they would drop Kinect support entirely for them, keep voice commands by all means but nobody in their right mind wants to wave their arms around to do something which is easier with the touch of a button.

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  • http://twitter.com/Dedtime Kenny Vega

    considering i still have pins that cannot be deleted, i still don’t think it’s ready. and don’t forget the ad’s.

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  • http://www.trueachievements.com/Samba+P.htm Andreas

    I have been in the beta and the only real complaint I have is that we can’t customize more, like with windows phone, the green color is okey and I would love to be able to change it. And secondly being able to move tiles.

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    • http://twitter.com/natragv Nathan Vernon

      A LOT of people in the feedback forums, like constant threads everyday for this beta suggested changable colors for the green tiles like Windows 8/ Windows Phone. Xbox Beta Staff were in those forums, but nothing came from the suggestions. Such a shame.

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  • http://twitter.com/boe2BE Boe2

    I shall give it a spin tonight. The current (previous) dashboard tried too hard to have that metro look, without following the design philosophies they are teaching us on their developer events.
    I’ll start with personalizing my childrens’ account, see if I can get their favorite games all on 1 overview.

    I got windows 8 trough my msdn subscription. Can I already try out smartglass?

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    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003976957614 Willy McBurgle

      The Metro look wouldn’t be a bad thing provided you got Metro functionality.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742477517 Michael Ramsden

    Is there any news on when the NBA app that was mentioned at E3 this year is arriving? With the new NBA season only weeks away it’d be good to get it for that!

    That was the only announcement that really excited me so I hope it coming soon to the UK.

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  • GERMIN4T0R

    Oh great yet another Dashboard update, its slow and clunky enough as it is.

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    • http://en-gb.facebook.com/people/Ken-Barnes/719426646 Ken Barnes

      Yeah – and they’ll fix that without updates, won’t they?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003976957614 Willy McBurgle

    the pin functionality is the real shame in all of this – I would have liked to see customization functions for the home screen a la Win8 ‘Metro’ where you could change (at least some) of the opening content tiles when you turn on the box. Instead, we have this bolted-on second screen approach which uses enormous pins and doesn’t really prove that useful once you use more than 5 pins.

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    • http://twitter.com/boe2BE Boe2

      Never really got that either. Microsoft invests all this money in kinect, yet makes actually using it as unattractive as possible.

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      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003976957614 Willy McBurgle

        except in ‘Xbox World’ you get to pay for access AND get advertising for your trouble.

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      • http://www.facebook.com/AlexAtkinUK Alexander Atkin

        Indeed, they are actually lying as the pin functionality does NOT put your favourites on the home page. You have to go into the My Pins page from the home page which then has to sit around and load for a few seconds.

        If they DID appear on the home page it would make a lot more sense as its currently just an advertising page.

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      • http://twitter.com/Textstudios Text studios

        The only way i agree is ea are money grabbing d**** otherwise no devs need money to make games if they made battlefield 4 completly free no online pass no paying for anything they would go bankrupted for paying to keep the servers running theyre bills theyre updating. And that pin thing is good because u keep everything u wnat in your pins if u wnat everything then it is a waste of time only add things you want…

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      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joseph-Johnson/1088034764 Joseph Johnson

        @Text studios… could you possibly suck off MS any more? LOL.. Youre one of the idiots who are brainwashed by MS and not seeing that theyre ripping you off.. You think that paying for service automatically makes it better. I have both PS3 and 360.. Yes the 360’s online community and dashboard interface are better in SOME ways, but PS3 is much more reliable.. I wanted to watch Netflix the other day on 360 and it had some issue connecting to Netflix (thats what Im paying for??) while on my PS3, where its FREE, it had NO problem..and not to mention the interface on PS3 and video quality is BETTER, for FREE. But no, you can continue to let MS rape you.. Youre completely subjective and biased, obviously.

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    • http://twitter.com/natragv Nathan Vernon

      All Gold needs to do is give us the equivalent of free stuff that Playstation Plus does and then I will be happy.

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      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003976957614 Willy McBurgle

        …and access to netflix, browsing, etc without having to pay extra for the privilege as Sony and Nintendo does now.

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      • http://www.facebook.com/AlexAtkinUK Alexander Atkin

        I totally agree.

        A friend of mine the only Gold feature he regularly uses is Netflix. What will he do when our family pack runs out? Go out and buy a dedicated box to stream Netflix for about the same price as a Gold subscription.

        Also that box will doubtlessly work better than the Xbox Netflix app. The PS3 one certainly does, it has a better picture and a better UI as all the Kinect functionality just makes the Xbox app more clunky than it needs to be.

        Also the PS3 app streams happily in top quality most of the time, but the Xbox app regularly has problems.

        It just bizarre that some people are paying a Gold subscription for an inferior service to the free version on other devices. This can only decline over time once Wii U comes out, finally bringing Wii owners (the ones that upgrade of course) over to HD content.

        Already my TV can do Lovefilm, iPlayer, YouTube, for free. Kinect is not enough to differentiate, especially as my person experience is that Kinect just makes the apps worse not better.

        Even voice commands are pretty useless as Kinect regularly cannot hear me over the 7.1 surround sound so I end up yelling out commands multiple times. Far quicker to use the media remote and soon SmartGlass will make voice commands even more worthless.

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      • http://twitter.com/stevemcgf Steve Mc Gregor

        I think at least all the advertisement can pay the cut of removing the subscription fee. It’s insane to require Gold Membership for Netflix!

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      • Emmanuel Santos

        yeah stop with the car ads and other non-gaming related things on the dashboard. im pretty sure the whole point of going into a premium service would be for no ads. and i agree with others on unlatching netflix and other such apps from Gold. if you want to promote your console as a media center (even thought it should focus on gaming) make it more appealing for the non-gaming masses by not having them required to pay extra on top of the console. im pretty sure that would lead to more sales in the long run

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      • http://profiles.google.com/adamcoolpoole Adam Poole

        Take your ps3 and go die?

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      • http://twitter.com/fcviotto Fernando Coli Viotto

        Just remember that on PSN+ the games aren’t yours, it is like a rental and If you decide to NOT renew your membership then you will lose all the games you get until there.

        I don’t really need the same sales model on my Xbox but I agree with everyone that Xbox Gold members needs more incentive to keep loyalty.

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      • Frank Costanza's lawyer

        We all know that. But at least they’re giving us SOMETHING.

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      • http://twitter.com/DarthBrady Vulcan Assassin

        True, but it’s still a more than fair deal. For example: Say you buy a one year PSN plus membership. it’s close to the price of an XBL Gold 1 year plan. Now, add up the retail amount it would take for you to buy all the free games you download in that year and it’s much cheaper; obviously. The Find out how much it would cost to to rent them at a local video store or Gamefly for each game considering the time from its release date to the end of that year. Still much cheaper.

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      • http://www.barleynhops.com/ Noah A. Bolmer

        Games are never “yours” you only ever have a license.

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    • http://en-gb.facebook.com/people/Ken-Barnes/719426646 Ken Barnes

      “but to force me to pay a monthly fee to Microsoft to use my Kinect (£129) on my 360 (£199) over my own Internet connection (£25/month) just have a video call with a family member who does it all for free using MSN and a laptop (apart from the internet connection) seems absolutely insane to me.”

      Sorry – you’ve missed a trick, there. How much did their laptop cost? You can’t quote the price of Kinect and the 360, and then claim that the other person is getting it for free because they’re using a laptop, without disclosing the laptop price.

      Without the Internet connection (as one rules out the other):-
      Your cost: £129 + £199 + £40 (Gold) = £368
      Their cost: £500 (average laptop price) = £500

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      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003976957614 Willy McBurgle

        You have got to be kidding me. I can get a laptop for £300 with a built in webcam and microphone – and it surfs the net (ALL of the net) and runs thousands of applications including a full-on productivity sweet.

        The POINT you missed was that Microsoft is insane to expect all of this capital investment into their own products only to charge a customer at the end for the privilege of using them; something which is particularly silly when ALL of their competitors (That includes console makers, pal) would never dream of attempting to apply a charge to someone else’s FREE services.

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      • Daniel Koberstein

        Ok after reading your other posts, this one included, you can disregard my previous comment. But I will say one thing. If you don’t like it, them don’t pay for it, don’t use it. No one is forcing you to. It just seems like you wanted to get upset just for the sake of getting upset.

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      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003976957614 Willy McBurgle

        ‘If you don’t like it, don’t pay for it’ – as a matter of fact, Daniel – that is EXACTLY what I am thinking; particularly as the next console generation is just around the corner. You are spot on, mate – I will vote with my wallet.

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      • http://www.facebook.com/jaymz87 James Sperring

        Would that £300 laptop be able to play ANY of the games that are out for the Xbox and PC at anywhere near the same resolution as the Xbox though?
        Plus this update allows you to browse ALL of the net now with IE, admittedly though, it will be a painful experience without a keyboard and mouse.

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      • http://www.facebook.com/Meditator90 Anthony Barnard

        All of the net? How much of the flash? Can you play games? Hate to reference it, but: Runescape?

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      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003976957614 Willy McBurgle

        Funnily enough – the £300 laptops are actually pretty good – certainly not GTX620 good, but the new integrated GPU chipsets are night and day from what they were 5 years ago.

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      • http://profiles.google.com/adamcoolpoole Adam Poole

        Okay do it now
        come on i want screenshots and everything!

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      • http://www.facebook.com/richard.askham1 Richard Askham

        i got a laptop with a built in webcam for £160 and its a samsung plus i got my xb0x 360 slim for £250 on the day it came out and i payed £35 for a years gold membership with 2 months free.

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    • http://twitter.com/paulopinheiro__ Paulo Pinheiro

      Totally agree,

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    • Daniel Koberstein

      The reason they require a gold account is because anytime you connect to a service through your Xbox, you’re using their bandwidth. So of course they’re going to charge for that.

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      • http://www.facebook.com/AlexAtkinUK Alexander Atkin

        How is that any different to how Sony or Nintendo works?

        Its not like when you are streaming Netflix it has to pass over Microsofts servers first, not at all. It streams from Netflix cloud storage in the same way it does on every other version of the Netflix client.

        In other words, the app would work fine without Xbox Live except there is a bit of code in there going “check if user is a Gold Account subscriber” before it will work.

        The same way the Netflix app on PS3 requires a PSN subscription, except sometimes if PSN is offline you can double cancel the signin and it will continue fine while logged out of PSN. Because Netflix is an independent service, the other requirements are purely added so Sony/Microsoft can track your usage or charge you an additional fee to use it.

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      • http://twitter.com/fcviotto Fernando Coli Viotto

        No you’re not using MS bandwitch when using those streaming programs. That’s an incorrect assumption.

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      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003976957614 Willy McBurgle

        Do you understand how peer-to-peer works??

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  • http://twitter.com/shigensis nick

    Most importantly: Have you gotten rid of that sickly green color that makes reading white text feel like your eyes are being dripped with acid?

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  • http://twitter.com/iJinjo Isaac Hendry

    When do we get NBA.TV?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/billrosendale Bill Rosendale

    I think the Pin idea that every seems disappointed with is just a better version of the Quick Play feature from the last one. The problem with the old update was QP only had what you had recently played. So now instead of having to go to My Games then scroll to M for Minecraft it’s right there.

    I do have to agree while they aren’t force fed to us there really should not be advertising on XBL Gold. Why would I want to NOT play my Xbox and go play Warcraft on the PC? Hell at the very least have advertising for games for the system!

    Regardless I am happy with the update. Last version seemed to put video as a priority over gaming. This one at least reversed it.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/christian.hartung Christian Hartung

    Wasn’t Australia, Brazil, New Zealand and Switzerland also among the countries that should get Bing Voice Search? They were mentioned on E3.

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  • Thânia Santos

    It would be nice to be able to modify colors, etc, on xbox dashboard.
    I wish I could remove that grey floor completely (I want to fully see my
    wallpaper!) , and change that green for something more ‘happy’.

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    • http://www.facebook.com/luciano.brinck Luciano Brinck

      coudn’t agree more

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  • http://www.facebook.com/luciano.brinck Luciano Brinck

    There’s still that annoying wallpaper cut on the menus. I would like to see my entire wallpaper on the dashboard instead of only the superior part

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Adanac/100001237455741 Joe Adanac

    I’m supposed to be impressed? This is the same broken, ugly, dysfunctional, ad-infested dashboard as last year with a minor tweak or two that could’ve been added as a patch last January. Pretty disgusted in the way Xbox interface looks nowdays. It used to be awesome, until Metro/Kinect ruined it, like it has the Xbox brand generally.

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    • GERMIN4T0R

      So true, the Xbox has been killed by MS, too much focus on Kinect and 3rd Party apps. The dashboard is slow and clunky, its just awful.

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      • http://profiles.google.com/adamcoolpoole Adam Poole

        Mins fine?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jeanmatsunaga Jean Matsunaga

    When is smartglass coming to us? I really want to try it out.

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  • http://twitter.com/EPIDEMICASYLUM Epidemic Asylum

    I cant wait to get home and check out the new 360dashboard. Looking so Sweet!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ozgunb1 Özgün Bahar

    What about Turkish language support?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/sean.demarco Sean Patrick DeMarco

    Uh where is this IE they are talking about ? I see NOTHING !

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  • http://www.facebook.com/sean.demarco Sean Patrick DeMarco

    I want my IE browser please. I have been waiting for that forever.

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  • http://twitter.com/GreenMistt Miller

    Was this dashboard designed for people on the verge of imminent blindness?

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  • dipsetab

    i was in the beta as well i can agree with the pin its bland tbh i like the rest of the features

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  • http://twitter.com/BiGmasta73 Aytac Dogan

    What about Turkish Language support???

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  • http://twitter.com/DarthBrady Vulcan Assassin

    Oh really… Can We user internet explorer to download ad-blocking software? (I counted a total of 37 ads running on my dash this morning).

    Please Microsoft, wise up and give us our old blade dash back, or reward the people that pay for a gold subscription so they don’t have to look at as many ads as free members do. it’s just not fair. My other consoles have a free online network, and only display 1 ad. ONE – versus THIRTY SEVEN ads with a paid membership.
    Sorry to be the Negative Nancy here, but I feel it’s justified. until Microsoft addresses this, these updates are pointless to do anything but bloat the OS.

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