Anybody who completely relies on Microsoft for all of their entertainment needs is going to be bored straight out of their minds when Monday, September 29th rolls around. At 12:01 AM PST, both the Xbox Live and the entire Zune service will be taken down for maintenance. Live will be out for 24 hours, while Zune will go dark for closer to two days.
According to Major Nelson, the Live outage is in preparation for the Xbox experience dashboard and feature upgrades coming later this fall. They’re just laying the foundation right now, though – when things come back up on Tuesday morning, everything will be just as it was before. No new features, no new dashboard.
And what about Zune? No one really knows. Zune Insider only cites “scheduled maintenance”. 48 hours is a long friggin’ time for maintenance, so hopefully they pass out some goodies to make up for it – or at least give folks paying for the Zune Pass a buck or two in credit.