Kinect-Enabled Internet Explorer Coming To Xbox 360
By on May 10th, 2012

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 stopped being just a gaming console some time back. Ever since, the console has been Microsoft’s ticket into the living room. Earlier today, Peter Kafka writing for AllThingsD covered a report that says Xbox 360 is the most used device other than a PC for viewing videos. (Xbox 28%, iPad comes a close second with 27%.) Cable companies like Comcast are now working with Microsoft on offering cable content through the console.

When news about a $99 Xbox/Kinect bundled came out, I categorically stated that Apple TV and Google TV are a long way from stealing any marketshare from Microsoft in the living room. Going further, Tom Warren at the Verge is reporting that Microsoft is expected to bring feature-full Internet browsing on the Xbox 360 using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. Google has Chrome powering the Internet browsing experience on their Google TV platform. According to Tom’s sources, Microsoft is currently testing a version of IE9. It is highly likely that the Metro based Internet Explorer 10 available in Windows 8 will be available on the Xbox 360.

The other interesting tidbit Tom got was that this version of Internet Explorer for Xbox will support Kinect gestures. Thinking about browsing the web with arms and hands does scare me a little, I’ll end up tiring myself going through Facebook, but then again, I will be able to say that I am doing upper-body workout while browsing the Internet. Rumors suggested that Apple will be bringing Siri integration to an Apple branded TV set, if this were to happen, Microsoft isn’t far behind. The company already has voice commands through the Kinect. Turning this into a personal assistant is missing from Microsoft’s implementation of voice commands, but for the company it isn’t rocket science.

Meanwhile, I still believe, an Xbox 360 with Kinect is the best living room entertainment device.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=678179642 Dale Foster

    Now Mozilla and Google will want their browser on that too since MS will have a monopoly on browsers on Xbox… morons :@

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688219064 Brendon Allen

      Well at least IE is slowly and I mean slowly getting better with webstandards. It sucked badly before. So depending on what version goes on there, no one may use it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688219064 Brendon Allen

      hehe true true. Kinda funny mind you with all the new laws the US is bringing in over there. It might be time to start developing one outside of the USA.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=678179642 Dale Foster

      just remember though there’s a difference between a standard and experimental ;)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=678179642 Dale Foster

      lol yeah true. But for the most i like secure over performance. Probably why i stick with IE, they don’t bullshit people about what they’re doing with your information.

 
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