Microsoft sent over a note that the Xbox 360 Spring update will be released sometime later today. One of the main additions in the revised dashboard is Windows Live Messenger support that allows players to IM friends in game. Other features include:
On-screen pop-ups that immediately display the name and gamerscore value of a just accomplished Achievement, allowing gamers to see their progress without leaving or pausing the game.
An even safer way to communicate through Xbox LIVE with enhanced family settings that enable different default settings for video chat and voice chat.
A new, standalone Xbox LIVE Marketplace blade houses all Xbox LIVE Marketplace content in one easy to navigate space.
Xbox LIVE Arcade enhancements that showcase what games friends are playing directly from the friends list. Boasting about high scores, comparing progress and checking out leaderboards are all easier now as well.
Faster access to free, trial version of Xbox LIVE Arcade games through an improved Auto Downloads feature.
The ability to fast-forward, pause and rewind video as it is being downloaded on Xbox LIVE Marketplace.
Owners can now set their consoles to turn off after downloading content from Xbox LIVE Marketplace to help save energy, and download speeds have been increased.
Another unannounced feature is the spring update will remove the ability for Xbox 360 owners to download content from other regions. If you have a Gamertag in another region you will still be able to use your account, but you will not have access to the Xbox Live Video Marketplace if you aren’t in the United States. However, if you already have videos, demos or bonus content from another region it will remain on your system. So if you’re an eager importer snag all those free downloads of Bullet Witch and Blue Dragon’s shuffle dungeon creator ASAP.