Great news. I got accepted by Microsoft for the Xbox Live 2009 Preview Program to test the new Dashboard and Xbox Live version on my Xbox 360 until it will be released to the public. The list of changes is quite long and there are a lot of improvements in usability terms, some addiditions to the avatar system, some needful functions for the account management, some UI improvements and it seems you can buy full retail titles online now. I’m quite looking forward testing the new system. It is told that the preview users will receive a short note soon and then will be able to update their consoles. One sad thing is that there seems to be no alternative of the Netflix integration for users outside of the USA. This function is available for US customers only.