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Xbox One being pitched to small businesses

Microsoft says big-screen video conferencing with Skype, cloud storage, and web apps justifies $500 business expense

At Microsoft's E3 media briefing last month, the company pushed Xbox One as the ultimate gaming machine. But now that it's established the system's gaming chops, Microsoft is suggesting it could work as a small business tool as well. In a post on Microsoft's small business support blog, "Xbox MVP" and director of the company's consumer camp Marques Lyons says it's "entirely justifiable" to file a $500 Xbox One purchase as a business expense.

"[T]here are many features built into the console that could help it rival even the most modest of video conferencing and networking platforms," Lyons said.

Lyons pointed to the system's Skype functionality, which will let users create multiperson video chats on a bigger screen and with a wider camera view than they may have on their primary work computers. On top of that, he noted that the system will have an Internet Explorer app capable of accessing a SkyDrive cloud storage account, so any in-office PowerPoint presentations can be displayed on the big screen with gesture- or voice-controlled flair. A SmartGlass device could be used for more intricate operations like navigating websites during presentations. Finally, Lyons noted that future Xbox One apps could also introduce new functionality to the system.

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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 3 years ago
Does he realize his company also sells server software which will not allow the device to integrate too well into the rest of the MS infrastructure of a small company?

Does he realize what it means to your workforce, if you point a camera in each and everybody's face.

Are pre-orders that low currently that you have to leverage this of all things?

Does he have his next job lined up as well and is now pushing his contract to the limit?

Come back, when the XboxOne runs proper Windows with full domain integration and Office packages. Then he really has a premium product.
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Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator 3 years ago
*A visitor walks in and notices the XBox and Kinect*

"XBox, turn off!"
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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game3 years ago
We all knew the platform holders were not planning to take a loss at launch, but then this shows that even with zero game sales, they expect to profit. I suppose the continued gold fees may address that.
Is any concessions they make to business not going to dilute the offering for the Xbox core? This sounds like the sort of thing that will arise from the One Microsoft restructuring, is it going to result in unity of vision, or square pegs/round holes?
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James Boulton Tools & Tech Coder, Slightly Mad Studios3 years ago
Errr, am I missing the point, or is it just cheaper and easier to buy a PC with Windows 7 than the XBone and have a more powerful and usable bit of kit for business use?

I honestly don't see the value in having an XBone for office use at all.
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