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Microsoft: Xbox One has place in the corporate world

The Xbox One has a place in the office and is a product small businesses should consider investing in, Marques Lyons, Microsoft Xbox MVP and director of Consumer Camp (opens in new tab) has argued.

Perhaps surprisingly, his argument is not based on the potential team building benefits of lunchtime FIFA tournaments. Instead, Lyons has highlighted the Skype and SkyDrive capabilities the new console will have, to explain why he believes the device has a place in the corporate world.

Writing on Microsoft's 'focus on small business' blog, Lyons said: "What is being positioned as an excellent entertainment device can be just as enticing for you and your small business. In fact, it's entirely justifiable to make the Xbox One a business expense.

"The Xbox One, priced at $499 [£429 in the UK], 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."

Setting out the benefits of using Skype to conference call through the Xbox One, Lyons explained that the console will be able to facilitate group chats, whilst the wide angle 1080p camera of the included Kinect will provide clients with an ultra clear view of presentations.

"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," he said.

Moving on to the benefits of the Xbox One SkyDrive app, Lyons explained how the function will mean there is no need to set up projectors or attach cables to laptops in order to bring up presentations or spreadsheets on a big screen.

Further bolstering the case, Lyons sites the Xbox One's SmartGlass (opens in new tab) function, which will allow business users to navigate presentations and the Internet through the console using any tablet or smartphone.

The Xbox One is set for a November release in the UK (opens in new tab).

Tomas is co-founder of Lucky Pilgrim, a team of journalists, photographers and art directors who connect brands to audiences through words, imagery and design. He was formerly editorial director at Chapel and managing editor at Courier magazine, and was a writer for ITProPortal as well as The Independent, EastLondonLines, The Sunday Times Magazine, and Croon.