In June, as part of its E3 2012 press conference, Microsoft announced a number of upcoming features for its Xbox Live service for Xbox 360 owners. Today, Microsoft has started taking registrations for Xbox 360 users to perhaps be chosen to get some of these new features a bit early.
The sign up page is now live for Xbox 360 users to sign up for consideration in the fall 2012 update beta test. Console owners will take a brief survey before completing the beta sign up process and they will also have to sign an NDA if they happen to be picked. When the beta begins, the selected testers will get an automatic update to their Xbox 360 console; there's no word yet on when the beta will start.
Some of the new features that are expected to be included in the fall 2012 Xbox Live update include the Xbox 360 version of Internet Explorer. This will be the first time since Microsoft has launched its Xbox business that it will have support for a full web browser on the console; it also supposed to support the Kinect add-on for both gesture and voice commands.
The update will also add Xbox 360 dashboard recommendations, along with improvements in the dashboard's search features and a few other smaller enhancements.