At the Tokyo Game Show, Microsoft gave us a lot of information about where Xbox Live is headed, and answered a number of our questions and concerns.
Search is coming! Hooray! Ever since Xbox Live started getting crazy amounts of content, navigating through the long long lists of games, videos, themes, etc. With the addition of the Zune Marketplace to Xbox Live, we will see text searching. Obviously, the next question is, will they bring search to everything else? Xbox Live's Scott Austin, said,
We're always thinking about ways to improve our shopping experiences.
That indicates to me that maybe when the update hits that brings us Zune, Facebook, Twitter and Last.fm, we will also search in the rest of the system.
Speaking of Twitter and Facebook, Microsoft also had some news about how they will work for Silver members... finally. Unfortunately, the answer is not what free users will want to hear. Only Gold members will have access to Twitter and Facebook on Xbox Live. That does include the Gold weekends, but that is 3 days every quarter or so. Sorry guys.
Are you a Silver or Gold member of Xbox Live? If Silver, will this convince you to upgrade?