Scott Hanselman

Browsing the Web from your Xbox360

February 17, '06 Comments [0] Posted in Gaming
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I'm happily browsing the web from my Xbox360 this evening thanks to Anthony Park's clever MCE Browser.

It requires that you have Windows XP Media Center Edition and, in my case, that your Xbox be able to connect as an extender.

Currently you can only navigate by tab/shift-tab-ing your way from link to link using the channel-up and channel-down buttons. I'll need to remap my Harmony 880 remote.

You can't use a keyboard (yet) but he's planning on it for the next version. For now, you can visit your favorites. But, the fact that I can view cnn.com and my other main news sites is pretty cool. It's nice to browse the 'net on a 37" LCD in my living room. This, along with Newsgator MCE Edition gets me a lot of what I'd want from my Xbox360. 

There's lots more fun at MoreMCE to try with the Xbox360's extender.

Now, I'd like to figure out how to get Writely and Numsum to work in MCEBrowser, and then I'd have poorman's Word and Excel.

About Scott

Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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