Xbox Live fall 2012 update beta registration starts

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.

Via: Major Nelson
Source: Xbox Live fall 2012 beta signup page

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FFS! I have participated on almost all beta/preview for the xbox 360 and I've never ever received any notification of any open position! I always find out thanks to Neowin but this time I'm too late.

So what was the point of the app they made us previous beta testers download? Microsoft made it seem like future betas would be handled by launching that app on the 360 itself. Anyone remember the beta registration app?

Why do companies even bother with a NDA anymore? As if the media still abides by them. For an example look at the Guild Wars 2 beta; YouTube.

"This invitation is no longer valid. Either the program is full or the invitation cannot be used by any additional people. We are sorry for the inconvenience."

/sigh

Colin McGregor said,
Is this only US, Canada Consoles?? Does the UK version come with a browser ballot? lol

I'm British and I managed to be accepted into the Beta. Whether or not it was good timing or because I had what they were looking for (Gold account, Zune Pass and Kinect) I don't know.

Colin McGregor said,
Is this only US, Canada Consoles?? Does the UK version come with a browser ballot? lol

Mexico here, I got accepted as well (Gold account , Kinect and Netflix sub)

Colin McGregor said,
Is this only US, Canada Consoles?? Does the UK version come with a browser ballot? lol

Antitrust complaint from mozilla and google in 3, 2, 1......

efjay said,

Antitrust complaint from mozilla and google in 3, 2, 1......

Hopefully any company like that won't have a leg to stand on, its not Windows and Microsoft makes both hardware and software, so they can put whatever they want on it.

McKay said,

Hopefully any company like that won't have a leg to stand on, its not Windows and Microsoft makes both hardware and software, so they can put whatever they want on it.

until the EU says NO THAT DOESNT COUNT!

McKay said,
Microsoft makes both hardware and software, so they can put whatever they want on it.

Not with the EU dictatorship. They are already investigating if the EU can make money out of Surface