Earlier this summer Microsoft opened up a public beta for the 2012 Xbox Live Update with limited space available for testers. It didn't take long for Microsoft to fill all the seats and due the the amount of interest received, the public beta is once again open for enrollment.

Space is still limited and you can sign up here to receive the Public Beta.  You'll need to agree to a non-disclosure agreement and take a short survey.

What does the update bring to your Xbox console? New features include:

  • Internet Explorer for Xbox
  • Recommendations and ratings
  • Pinning and favorites
  • Enhanced category search and discovery features
  • Voice search (in specified markets)

Remember, for confidentiality reasons, Microsoft is requiring you agree to a NDA. Anyone violating the agreement will have their NDA canceled for this version and any version in the future.  Which basically means you will lose access to Xbox LIVE until the beta program ends. And keep in mind, this is a beta version so there may be a few bugs to iron out.

If selected, the update will be pushed out to your Xbox 360 console in the next few days.

Source: majornelson; Thanks, Ali, for the tip!