If you’re one of the few people who used the Xbox 360’s Facebook and Twitter apps prepare to be disappointed. Microsoft announced last Friday that the apps have been removed in the last mandatory Dashboard update. When questioned about the decision, Microsoft representatives responded that they eliminated the apps to “streamline” functionality on the 360.
Is that the exact truth? The cynic in me wants to say that the apps had some sort of cost built into them, and since they weren’t likely very popular to begin with (do you want to make status updates using the 360 controller?) Microsoft may have decided to cut costs by doing away with the update. However, that’s probably not the case.
It all comes down to the fact that the apps were completely redundant, thanks to the new IE9 browser that was part of the Fall Update. Since it’s a full web browser you can go ahead and log into Facebook and Twitter through IE9. There really isn’t a need for those apps anymore!