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Forget 1080p gaming: The Xbox One is perfect for small business owners and an "entirely justifiable" business expense, Marques Lyons, Microsoft Xbox MVP and the director of Consumer Camp has claimed.

"What is being positioned as an excellent entertainment device can be just as enticing for you and your small business," claims Lyons in a new blog.

"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. "

These features include Skype, SkyDrive, Wi-Fi Direct and Internet Explorer.

"One will allow people to not only use Skype on the console, but it will allow for multi-person chatting. Combine this with the wide-angle lens and 1080p view of the included Kinect and you have the means for collaborative meetings and presentations," explains Lyons.

He added: "Currently, on the Xbox 360, you have access to SkyDrive via the Internet Explorer web browser and the dedicated SkyDrive app. SkyDrive has become one of the leading cloud services for storing documents and having them available anywhere you need them. For the home business, SkyDrive, snapped with Skype (for example) can make accessing documents for presentation and discussion easy.

"The SkyDrive app can let you easily access both photos and videos for viewing. If you're hosting a meeting at your office, don't worry about attaching a PC to the TV or using a projector. Store your videos in SkyDrive and then use the app to open that video. Do you have photos from recent travels or images showing details and diagrams? Open them with SkyDrive, navigate them with Kinect voice or hand gestures, be free from tethering that PC around.

"With SkyDrive via Internet Explorer, you can use it with the Office Web Apps to open that Excel spreadsheet or PowerPoint. Use the Kinect voice and hand gestures to navigate to websites. Now you're free of clickers and light pens to use your hands to for more expressive gestures."

But it's Wi-Fi Direct, a new wireless technology that allows devices to connect to one another without the need for a wireless access point, which really gets Lyons excited.

"I'm currently in awe of Wi-Fi Direct and it's possibilities," says Lyons. "For consumers, I put forth the idea, that Wi-Fi Direct, plus SmartGlass, would mean being able to beam live TV to any SmartGlass enabled device. For you -- as the small business owner -- you could imagine having a SmartGlass enabled device and beaming in the other direction: Send your presentation to the TV, use Smartglass to navigate through the PowerPoint presentation, use your tablet to control Internet Explorer. "

With access to the Office Web Apps via Internet Explorer, Lyons says small business men could use the Xbox One as a PC replacement.

"Because Internet Explorer has access to the Office Web Apps, pair that with a Wi-Fi keyboard and mouse and you have the means to edit documents, when necessary, even if you aren't near your PC.," he explained. Analysis

You could be racing in Forza 5 one minute, then instantly switch to Internet Explorer and your Office documents the next, and the boss would be none the wiser.

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Source: Microsoft Small Business Support via Neowin

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Karlius's Avatar


If you look at how expensive a good video conferencing unit costs then this may well be implemented. 0

I know our company has just spent thousands on these things if XB1 and Kinect could provide similar experiences then this is a very serious business proposition.
Posted 16:30 on 11 July 2013
BC_Animus's Avatar


I was about to say this was a joke, that MS's taking the Mickey out of the media with this... but then again, who knows. Many people actually made fun of the first PS3s with its Linux support, but that feature actually ended up making it quite popular with a lot of researchers...

Have to say too MS does have a lot of fans in the business world, and a lot of folks do rely on their services like Skype and Skydrive and such. Having said that, businesses who actually use MS services, and things like chat and video conferencing can usually afford proper equipment, while smaller business owners with tight budgets can actually get the same results with cheaper equipment and existing devices...

Posted 14:44 on 11 July 2013
TheLastProphet's Avatar


This is the most thinly veiled attempt at corporate espionage in history.

Who in their right mind would allow Microsoft to watch, record, and listen in on their private business meetings with the ultimate spyware device - the Kinect 2.0?
Posted 14:20 on 11 July 2013
munkee's Avatar


Most businesses can already do this on their current hardware without needing to buy a games console.. Whoah, hold up.. Skype AND Internet Explorer! Are they saying this ISN'T a games console?!

Well, that's put me in my place. They're totally competition for Apple now!
Posted 11:41 on 11 July 2013
FantasyMeister's Avatar


Just think, if every employee had one bosses could monitor when they're at their workstations and when they're not, monitor everything an employee says, check for appropriate workwear; probably cheaper than the GPS tracking systems some companies use currently. Though why employers don't just use their eyes and ears sometimes baffles me.

Probably too busy looking for ways to buy technology at the tax payers' expense.
Posted 11:28 on 11 July 2013
drytal's Avatar


@TenBensons. They are talking about posting one in the boardroom of corporations and if they can convince most companies to get one based on the windows programming and Skype party chat mode. Then companies could have conferences on Skype while using other programs in snap mode while continuing to meet with each other. If its positioned in a conference room then they would have to move it like a laptop. This is definitely an indication that they intend to use the Xbox like a PC with windows programs like office possibly being formatted for the system.
Posted 11:19 on 11 July 2013
TenBensons's Avatar


So instead of carrying a laptop around, which in its very design is a portable computer MS think that lugging an xbone and kinect around to the office is better. Also apart from those that work in the games media who the fluck is going to have an xbone in their office?
Posted 10:38 on 11 July 2013
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