Microsoft's IE team is planning to launch an Internet Browser on the Xbox 360 with full integrated Kinect gestures! Since other rivalling consoles already include a stock web browser, a stock internet browser on the Xbox has been a much wanted feature from fans ever since the 360 launched back in 2005.
Now, according to reports, Microsoft is now testing a "modified version of Internet Explorer 9" on the console, which will bring full web browsing capabilities to the Xbox 360 for the first time.
In other Xbox news, Microsoft announced that its entertainment and gaming console, Xbox 360, is still the number one console in the United States for an impressive 16th consecutive month.
The company also revealed several stats regarding the console for the month of April. According to NPD's highlights:
- "Holding 47 percent share of current-generation console sales, Xbox 360 sold 236,000 units in April, maintaining the number-one console spot in the U.S. This marks the 14th consecutive month Xbox 360 has held more than 40 percent of the current-generation console market share. (Source: NPD Group, April 2012)
- Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in April (hardware, software and accessories) reached $261 million, the most for any console in the U.S. and more than the spend on the other two current-generation consoles combined. (Source: NPD Group, April 2012)
- During the month of April, "Kinect Star Wars" held the number one game title in the U.S. Xbox 360 held seven of the top 10 U.S. console game titles including: "Kinect Star Wars," "The Witcher Two: Assassin of Kings Enhanced ED," "Prototype 2," "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13," "Mass Effect 3," "NBA 2K12" and "Major League Baseball 2K12." (Source: NPD Group, April 2012)," revealed Microsoft.
Microsoft has been courting controversy today with the news that the only browser to be made available on ARM-based mobile devices, knows as Windows RT - the ARM version of the new Windows 8 OS - will be Internet Explorer 10.
Mozilla has accused Microsoft of failing in its commitment to give Windows users a choice in browsers, a charge that previously saw Microsoft become the subject of a U.S. antitrust case when Windows 7 was launched.
Windows RT, along with other Windows 8 versions, will effectively have two distinct environments; one for Metro-style applications and a "classic" desktop, which is needed to support legacy applications on x86 systems.
However, Mozilla claims that Internet Explorer (IE) will be the only browser able to run in the classic environment under Windows RT, at the expense of rival browsers like Firefox, Safari and Chrome.
"Windows on ARM - as currently designed - restricts user choice, reduces competition and chills innovation," said Mozilla General Counsel Harvey Anderson. "By allowing only IE to perform the advanced functions of a modern Web browser, third-party browsers are effectively excluded from the platform."
Anderson argued that since IE can run in Windows on ARM, there is no technical reason to conclude other browsers can't do the same. "We encourage Microsoft to remain firm on its user choice principles and reject the temptation to pursue a closed path," said Anderson.
Google's Chrome browser division has issued a statement of support for Mozilla's accusations.
"We share the concerns Mozilla has raised regarding the Windows 8 environment restricting user choice and innovation," said a Google spokesman. "We've always welcomed innovation in the browser space across all platforms and strongly believe that having great competitors makes us all work harder."