Twitter, Facebook pulled from Xbox Live

Microsoft "retiring" dedicated apps, suggests using new web browser instead

Microsoft is removing existing Xbox 360 features and pushing one of its latest additions as a replacement. As reported by Neowin, the latest Xbox 360 dashboard update removes the Facebook and Twitter apps from the Xbox Live App Marketplace.

"We are retiring the Facebook and Twitter apps," a Microsoft representative told the site. "Xbox Live subscribers will have the ability to access these sites through Internet Explorer on Xbox, available through the Web Hub located on the new dashboard."

As the Twitter app was Web-based, its removal from the online store will prevent its use entirely. However, those who downloaded the Facebook app before the system update should still be able to access it through the "My Apps" menu. Both apps debuted on Xbox Live in November of 2009.

The Xbox 360 version of Internet Explorer is one of the featured additions in the new system update. The new firmware will also include Xbox Music, as well as a number of tweaks to the interface and some region-specific features. It began rolling out worldwide on Tuesday, and Microsoft expects to push the update through to all Xbox Live users within a couple weeks.

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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game8 years ago
To be fair, does anyone use the Facebook or Twitter apps on Xbox, over the more convenient use of smartphones? It's not as if you could multitask on xbox anyway, so you have to put Xbox on purely for the apps, rather than checking whilst waiting for a lobby to fill.
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Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator 8 years ago
Personally I don't at all, I don't even wire my Xbox up to my computers Internet anymore (old Xbox, no wireless adapter and I'm too much of a Scrooge to buy one!).

I hate typing on consoles with a controller, it does my head in.

Of course I don't speak for the country, I'd be interested to hear how many Live subscribers actually use them regularly on the Xbox.
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Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 8 years ago
Why should Microsoft help their competitors? They want social interaction to take place on their platform, not someone else's.
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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game8 years ago
Because Microsoft own Facebook shares? Ok, it's only 1.3%, but as far as I know they don't have a rival service at the moment.
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