Microsoft pitching Xbox One to small companies as justifiable business expense

By Dave Cook
11 July 2013 10:08 GMT

Xbox One has been pitched to small businesses as a useful tool in their day-to-day operations thanks to on-board apps like Skype and SkyDrive. Microsoft’s Marques Lyons has penned a blog to convince company owners that the $499 console is “justifiable” as a “business expense.”

In the blog, Microsoft’s Xbox MVP and the Director of Consumer Camp writes, “As the owner of a small business, you find great value in your computer and your phone. Between the two of them you are prepped for presentations, up to date on your appointments and able to create documents with relative ease. However, let me throw another device into that mix: The Xbox One.

“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, 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.”

The blog continues, covering apps such as Skype, SkyDrive, Internet Explorer, Office Web Apps, Wi-Fi Direct and more.

On future, unannounced apps, Lyons adds, “The app story of Xbox One has yet to be written, therefore it is entirely possible to find apps down the road that could be of benefit for you and your business. With the processing power, snap mode, and connection to a large screen, that the Xbox One has, this device is capable of going from the ‘break room’ to the ‘board room’.”

What do you make of the above? Does the Xbox One have a place in business board rooms, or is everyone likely to end up playing Call of Duty instead of getting those numbers crunched? Let us know below.

Thanks Eurogamer and Neowin.

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