Microsoft Windows 8 Opens Portal to Internet Explorer in Xbox 360

October 17, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

From the last E3, the whole tech world, especially the gaming world, has been waiting for this news and it’s out now. Along with the launch of Windows 8 on October 26th, Microsoft will be releasing Internet Explorer for Xbox 360.

This much awaited release can change the future for the device as this will open a wide range of applicability for the Xbox 360. It will grow more than a gaming device and it will definitely become an essential device for every home in near future.

Ryan Gavin, General Manager of Internet Explorer, announced it through the official blog. “IE on Xbox enables you to view content on the web on your TV and includes great features like the ability to personalize your dashboard by pinning your favorite web sites and watching HTML5 videos on the web,” he said.

There are some other enhancements too on its way to Xbox 360. These are:

  • Refreshed Xbox 360 Dashboard: The UI has been updated 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, users can easily find and view internet content on the biggest screen in the house, including HTML5 videos.
  • Recommendations and Ratings: Recommendations will allow users to discover new favorites, generated based on a number of variables including the content they have previously viewed, what their friends are consuming and what is most relevant and popular with our Xbox community. Users can now rate content themselves and also see Rotten Tomatoes ratings.
  • Pinning: Pinning lets users personalize the dashboard by saving their 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 users a list of movies, games, apps or other types of content that they have most recently accessed on the console.
  • Enhanced Search: The last Xbox LIVE update has brought Bing voice search to Xbox so that the users could use voice to search for movies, TV shows, actors, directors and artists. This year MS has added genre search to the list such that users can now 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: MS have expanded their Kinect voice search capabilities to 9 new countries – Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Italy, Spain, Austria, and Ireland.
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