Aiming to increase the amount of nongaming content, the software giant announces slew of new apps it expects to release by next spring.
In its continuing effort to prove that the Xbox 360 is more than just a game console, Microsoft has announced more than 40 new apps for Xbox Live that it expects to launch between now and next spring.
In all, the company announced 43 new apps for various regions around the world. The goal is to keep Xbox 360 owners entertained and engaged.
Xbox marketing and strategy chief Yusuf Mehdi told the Los Angeles Times in March that the typical household spends 84 hours each month using Xbox Live to play games and access content. More than half of that time is spent watching videos and playing music.
Microsoft has worked to dramatically increase the amount of nongaming content available to Xbox Live users, launching a major update last year to its dashboard that delivers programming from a host of providers, including ESPN, Hulu Plus, and others.
A slew of new apps rolled out today as well. One of the more prominent new apps for Xbox Live is Microsoft's SkyDrive, which will link users' Xbox 360 with their TVs and the cloud, allowing any filed from a Windows desktop, Mac, smartphone, tablet, or the Web to be accessed from the game console. Apps for CNET, Napster, and Maxim also premiered today.
Below is the full list of apps as announced today by Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb , the company's Xbox Live programming director: