Xbox Dashboard update now launching

The Dashboard update for Microsoft's Xbox 360 console was supposed to go live by 10 am Eastern time today. However, just a few minutes before that deadline, the company announced that it would be delaying the major software update for the Xbox 360 game console. Now, Microsoft's Larry Hyrb has announced via his Twitter page, "Good news: first set of customers will be getting the Xbox LIVE update within the next few hours."  He later added in a second Twitter post, "And when I say customers, I mean Xbox LIVE members :)."

Microsoft has yet to offer an explanation for why it decided to delay the release of the Xbox Dashboard update from its planned morning launch. However, it seems to be available now for Xbox 360 owners.

The software update, which is being released worldwide, includes an all new user interface for the console that resembles the Metro-style tiles that can be sen in the Windows Phone 7 operating system and the upcoming Windows 8 OS. It also means the start of new live TV and video streaming options, with a few launching on Tuesday and more being added during December and into 2012.

If you have a Kinect device you can use it with the new Dashboard update to search, via Bing, for content on your Xbox 360 console using your voice. You can also use the Beacons feature to let friends know that you are ready to play a game with them. There's also the new cloud storage feature for users to access their profiles and game saves from a friends's Xbox 360.

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