Kinectpowered Internet Explorer 9 coming to Xbox 360

first_imgSince its introduction, Microsoft has steadily transformed the Xbox 360 from a connected gaming console into a more full-featured living room entertainment hub. With a Metro dashboard redesign, a Skype app in the works, and rumors of the new “Woodstock” music service being unveiled at E3, what more could you possibly want from your 360?A decent web browser, maybe? According to The Verge’s sources, Microsoft is already testing a modified version of Internet Explorer 9 for the console. As you’d expect, those same sources have tipped Kinect integration —  so you could be surfing the web using voice and gesture controls on your console in the very near future.The Xbox 360 has been around since 2005, so why has it taken so long for Microsoft to deliver a web browser to its users? For one, the masses haven’t seemed too interested in browsing on a console. Interest may finally be picking up though, and with the PS3 now sporting a much-improved Webkit browser Microsoft may be thinking that there’s no time like the present. Delivering IE9 to the Xbox 360 would also help boost Microsoft’s browser market share — which has been rising slowly but steadily in recent months. It will of course drag Bing along with it as the default search service.There’s also been talk that the next Xbox will run whatever Microsoft’s current desktop operating system is — whether that’s Windows 8 or even Windows 9. If that’s really in the works, the Metro redesign and IE port may be the first steps to an even more unified experience across all screens.More at The Vergelast_img

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