updated its Xbox 360 dashboard. This is part of a move that brings Internet Explorer and other Windows 8-esque features over their popular gaming and multimedia console. Apparently they didn’t just giveth, they also taketh away. What’s gone in this mandatory update? They are axing two useful – if not massively popular – features. Facebook and Twitter Xbox 360 apps are getting the boot. Why? Microsoft gives us an unclear “the move will allow Microsoft to streamline app functionality” response. Possible translation: Twitter and Facebook are somewhat competition, let’s remove it in favor of our own stuff. Of course, Microsoft doesn’t really have a social network persay. It does have chatting features and gamer tag sharing in Microsoft Xbox already though. These apps have been around for three long years, so it is somewhat strange to see them just disappear like this. Microsoft says that you can always use IE9 for Xbox 360 in order to update Facebook and Twitter statuses. This can’t be about just promoting use of IE9, can it? Taking away all these extra social elements can be seen as a pretty big hit against Microsoft, which leads me to believe there has to be a bigger reason for why they are forcing this change.
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