That's the dilema - still on dial-up so updating XBMC is impractical due to the file size so I'm stuck with my late 2008 version which only came with the two skins mentioned. Ironically this XBMC version (which came on the AID disc somebody burned for me a long time ago) is the one I used to replace my even older XBMC. What I forgot about when I did that was that it also included a 35+ skin pack. It was deleted in the process.
However there's no reason why a new or alternative skin which enables everything shouldn't work on my XBMC version. Why would they provide the MS dash shortcuts otherwise? I should be able to find some skins or even skin pack downloads that are practical.