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Xbox 360 Update Means Goodbye to Facebook, Twitter Apps

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Microsoft is currently in the process of pushing their newest Xbox 360 dashboard update to users. As you probably know, one of the most-desired additions to the Xbox experience is shipping along with this update: a true Internet Explorer browser.

If you’ve already received the update, you may or may not have noticed a small change in the apps offered in the Xbox LIVE marketplace. The Verge is reporting that both the Facebook and Twitter apps are gone and according to sources, Microsoft made the move to promote use of the new Internet Explorer browser.

From Microsoft’s perspective, it makes sense. If users can’t access Facebook or Twitter via a designated app, they’ll have to open up Internet Explorer and visit the sites that way. For users, it might be a bit of an annoyance that they can’t download specific apps for each service.

Note that I said download. Although the Facebook and Twitter apps are gone from the app marketplace, users that had previously downloaded the apps before the update was shipped can still use them.

The new Xbox 360 dashboard not only feature Internet Explorer, but also sports a new UI, recommendations and ratings, pinning, a new Xbox video (formerly Zune Marketplace), and enhanced voice search. The Xbox 360 was also the first device to get the new Xbox Music streaming service. Microsoft says that the initial push hit about 3 million consoles. If you haven’t yet received the update, your wait should only be a about a week or two.

Xbox 360 Update Means Goodbye to Facebook, Twitter Apps
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  • BBJoKeRBB

    i cant download the new xbox dashboard update everytime i log on no update comes up and all my freinds has it but me someone help

  • http://drglive.net/profile/2742059 Dan Burgess

    For the last week i have seen around 10 people have the new update and use internet explorer, i have been constantly waiting for it to come out on my xbox. I don’t understand why this update hasn’t effected everyone like every other update ever to come out on xbox… Also I just read that facebook and twitter apps are now obsolete but you can’t use youtube on the IE browser as you have to install flash player which cannot be installed as xbox don’t support it… The youtube app is useless and unreliable. Doesn’t have all videos and alot of the time it don’t work.. where the hell is the full youtube????

  • spex360

    I disagree about the dedicated apps. I uninstalled both Facebook and Twitter on my Android phone and tablet and its much faster. The standalone apps take up too much RAM and internal memory IMHO. I much prefer using a browser to access them.

  • grmz

    To BBJokerBB. About a month or two you should of received an email on ur xbox live email. The email was so that you could sign up for the internet explorer beta. If u didn’t that’s fine it will be released to all xbox live gold members in about a month or so

  • mike

    it is ridiculous that there is no flash player to watch and stream videos.. i dont see the point of even having a browser if u cannot BROWSE

  • Scot

    I think the browser is worthless without a flash player.

  • falcogia

    it’s ridicules browsing Internet Explorer if we can’t use and see video , missing flash player dont have sense!!!….. it’s not a big Jump for Microsoft about that!!!!…

  • Kan-chi

    the only thing I will miss is that I like that you could use facebook on my 360 and see what friends had a gamer tag

  • suckerpunch4

    when does xbox internet explorer “flash player” update come to europe

  • sandcoffin23

    flash will not be supported by xbox adobe said no so microsoft doesnt have a choice in the matter

  • Eric

    How do I switch Facebook accounts without the app? I signed into my friends now every time I post vids/pics through an in game option ex. Just dance 4 it posts to his fb account and not mine… I can’t figure out how to switch fb accounts.. Doesn’t give me the option

  • badbre3Ds

    No flash play, no tabs to open up, can’t download anything that’s really crap to be honest.

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