Microsoft is now accepting nominations for its Xbox 360 dashboard fall 2011 update.
The software giant is opening up its connect site for a public preview program:
“We are now accepting new users into the Xbox LIVE Update Public Preview – Fall 2011 session. If you clicked on the link from Major Nelson and have not registered yet, please make sure you sign in with a Windows Live ID in the upper right hand corner. You only need to register one time.”
The company is expected to announce full details of the preview program this week as it readies the new dashboard update. Codenamed “Madrid”, the November dashboard update will bring Microsoft’s Metro style interface to the Xbox. Microsoft is also preparing to include YouTube and Bing on the Xbox. Bing users will be able to use Kinect’s voice recognition feature to search for movies, music and other content on their consoles. Microsoft is also planning to include some type of Marketplace with applications for Xbox 360.
Microsoft will also introduce an Xbox LIVE TV service as part of its dashboard update. The company announced deals with nearly 40 content providers recently. Bravo, Comcast, HBO GO and Syfy are amongst a number of TV providers for U.S. Xbox owners. The BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5 are partnering with Microsoft in the UK to offer programming on the Xbox 360. Xbox users will need the latest dashboard update, due in November, to experience live TV with Xbox LIVE. Microsoft is planning to make the TV channels available to Xbox LIVE gold subscribers and some partners will integrate Kinect experiences with their TV channels. Microsoft’s TV service is powered by the company’s Silverlight software.
Update: Microsoft has changed the wording on the nomination form, “We’re sorry, but at this time we are not currently accepting registrations for the public preview program stay tuned for future updates when the registration process begins.”
Thanks to WinRumors reader Simon for the news tip