"Took forever" "close to 5 minutes total" I don't know why, but that just made me chuckle.
As DaftBadger pointed out in the link, it is getting some quick fixes out of the way. Certain things like Party Chat are on the list, but we'll have to wait a couple more weeks for those quirks to get ironed out.
well on my connection XBL updates have always been just a few seconds, this one was noticeably slower, like when downloading a large DLC or demo near 1 gig in size. according to the other thread, the patch notes are just improvements to XBL