Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th May 2012 20:23 UTC
Internet Explorer "Microsoft is currently testing a modified version of Internet Explorer 9 on its Xbox 360 console, according to our sources. The Xbox 360 currently includes Bing voice search, but it's limited to media results. Microsoft's new Internet Explorer browser for Xbox will expand on this functionality to open up a full browser for the console. We are told that the browser will let Xbox users surf all parts of the web straight from their living rooms." So, when did browsing on your TV turn into something that isn't useless?
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Nothing New
by DavidCollins on Thu 10th May 2012 22:27 UTC
DavidCollins
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2010-03-22

I was browsing the internet on my Dreamcast back when it was out. Dial up connection, and it was low res (though websites were designed for lower resolutions at the time), and Flash player was a few versions behind, but it worked. I could even use the light gun to move the cursor and try to "shoot" links to follow them! Good times, especially since it meant I could browse the internet in my room without another family member asking to use the computer.

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RE: Nothing New
by DeadFishMan on Thu 10th May 2012 23:43 in reply to "Nothing New"
DeadFishMan Member since:
2006-01-09

I was browsing the internet on my Dreamcast back when it was out. Dial up connection, and it was low res (though websites were designed for lower resolutions at the time), and Flash player was a few versions behind, but it worked. I could even use the light gun to move the cursor and try to "shoot" links to follow them! Good times, especially since it meant I could browse the internet in my room without another family member asking to use the computer.


Yep. The Dreamcast was definitely ahead of its time. I had this really hot friend on college (not your average cute geek girl; more like one of those hot girls most guys dream about) that once told me that she used her Dreamcast to chat on IRC. I was thoroughly surprised that not only she figured how to use Dreamcast, inherited from an older brother, for internet herself (and she didn't strike me as the ├╝ber smart geek kind) but to chat on IRC of all things!

I mean, I work for one of the big Fortune 500 companies with people that have worked on IT for a lifetime that have a heck of a hard time to even understand what IRC is about and this hottie comes out of nowhere saying that she uses her game console to chat on it...

Today the fact that a game console will be internet-enabled is taken for granted but back in the day that was impressive. I really regret for not having bought one back when I had the chance.

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RE: Nothing New
by Morgan on Fri 11th May 2012 02:22 in reply to "Nothing New"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I really miss my Dreamcast! I bought one at launch and kept it all the way until I lost it in a divorce in 2010. I was fine with it going to her children (my step-children) as they loved it, but I still miss it greatly. To this day I maintain that it was the most innovative and forward-looking console ever made.

The Xbox 360 is slowly catching up, but a lot of what it has grown to over time was already there with the Dreamcast 12 years ago.

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