How the Xbox One will “take care of business”

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It has Skype! It’s is therefore a viable business tool! That’s the sentiment of Microsoft’s director at Consumer Camp Marques Lyons, who says that things like Skype, Skydrive and Internet explorer make it great for business.

“What is being positioned as an excellent entertainment device can be just as enticing for you and your small business,” he wrote in an open letter to small businesses. “In fact, it’s entirely justifiable to make the Xbox One a business expense. 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.”

Kinect plus Skype is apparently a winning business strategy.

“Utilise 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,” Lyons said. “Utilize the size of that nice TV screen to see every smile and nod as your next great plan comes together. The Xbox One with Kinect, as a Skype provider, is just as capable as a PC with an attached/included microphone and webcam. The difference here is that Xbox One and Kinect gives you the open space to move, gesture, show examples, and see everyone more clearly.”

More than that, you’ll be able to open up your Skydrive saved Office files within the system’s built in browser, and then do your powerpointing using gestures!

“With SkyDrive via Internet Explorer, you can use it with the Office Web Apps to open that Excel spreadsheet or PowerPoint,” he said. “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.”

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry, really. It’s like Microsoft is trying to sell the Xbox One to businesses, because nobody else wants to buy the thing.

Last Updated: July 11, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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