Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Buries Facebook and Twitter Apps

October 18, 2012 -

Microsoft's latest Xbox Live update may add Internet Explorer browser support, but it also gets rid of both the Facebook and Twitter apps that subscribers have been using since they were introduced almost three years ago. Apparently Microsoft ditched these apps to encourage users to make their way to these popular social networking services through IE.

While we say "remove," for those who have already installed these apps, the more appropriate term would be "moved." You can still find both the Facebook and Twitter apps under the quick launch category in the "My Apps" section. Both apps are also still included on Microsoft's "Be Entertained" page and listed as Xbox Live service partners.

Still, Microsoft has shuffled and shifted these apps for a reason: they want users to use Internet Explorer as much as possible and having people visit these services using anything other than their browser means substantially less activity for IE. Microsoft began rolling out the new Xbox 360 dashboard earlier this week and will continue to roll it out in regions around the world for the next several weeks.

Source: Neowin

 


Comments

Re: Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Buries Facebook and Twitter Apps

I used to like it when you could play a video from the dashboard without having the stupid zune app launch.  Then all these other apps came along and it seemed like I was wasting 30 seconds of my life just waiting for them to load up.  It was more annoying than convenient.  That's actually part of why I no longer pay for XBL.  I don't need to waste load times launching an app for Netflix or YouTube, when I can launch them almost instantaneously on my media center PC.  Dare I mention that I can run Chrome on my media center, instead of being painted into a corner with IE?

Re: Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Buries Facebook and Twitter Apps

That's the idea, Andrew, and the article points it out.

They don't want people using the dedicated FaceBook and Twitter apps anymore, so they've made them hard to find.

They want people to use IE instead, so they'll probably pin it to the front page and make it unremovable and immovable.

Re: Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Buries Facebook and Twitter Apps

If you're going to reply to a comment, please reply to that comment by hitting the reply button.

That said, yeah, I know Microsoft wants people to use IE instead.  My point, which I thought was very clear, was that less people will now use the Xbox 360 for Facebook and Twitter now that doing so is more cumbersome.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Buries Facebook and Twitter Apps

I think Andrew means using the 360 itself less.

Re: Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Buries Facebook and Twitter Apps

Note to Microsoft: if you make something more cumbersome to access, less people will use it.

 

Andrew Eisen

 
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