Microsoft pitches Xbox One to businesses

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Next-generation games console also a work tool, says the software giant.

Looking to expand the Xbox One audience outside of hardcore gamers, Microsoft has put out a missive to small businesses, urging them to view the gaming machine as a work tool.

In a blog entitled “focus on small business”, Microsoft's Marques Lyons argues that the Xbox One can be as valuable to businesses as their desktop PCs or mobile phones.

“It's entirely justifiable to make the Xbox One a business expense,” he argues.

“The Xbox One, priced at $499, is an affordable option for small business owners, as there are many features built into the console that could help it rival even the most modest of video conferencing and networking platforms.”

Highlighting the integrated Skype service and built-in high-definition wide-angle lens camera of the updated Kinect, Lyons says the device is ideal for collaborative meetings and presentations.

He adds: “Utilize Skype, and the power of group chatting, to have that collaborative exchange with clients and co-workers, no matter where in the world they happen to be.”

Additionally, Xbox One's compatibility with SkyDrive is touted as another reason to make the gaming console an office must-have.

“SkyDrive has become one of the leading cloud services for storing documents and having them available anywhere you need them,” he explains.

“For the home business, SkyDrive, snapped with Skype (for example) can make accessing documents for presentation and discussion easy.”

Other features highlighted include the SmartGlass tablet and phone capabilities, Internet Explorer and Office Apps, and the fact that the device is “capable of going from the 'break room' to the 'board room'.”


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