Microsoft Corp. this week announced the option to sign up for the Xbox Live Update Public Beta to allow members of the online community to test the latest update for the Xbox Live Dashboard.

Within hours the company announced high demand for the beta and closed future applications

The latest Xbox Live Dashboard update will include new features like Internet Explorer for Xbox, Personalized Dashboard Recommendations, and Enhanced Category Search.

Users will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement and fill out a five-minute survey.

Microsoft in July recorded a 39 percent decline in Xbox 360 sales from the year prior to 1.1 million units in the fourth quarter. Xbox 360 hardware market share increased to 49 percent from 42 percent.

The Entertainment and Devices division, which includes the Xbox business, climbed 19.4 percent year-over-year to $292 million.

Microsoft cited a soft gaming market for the decline.

The Xbox 360 held as the top console for the 18th consecutive month in the U.S.

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