Small businesses nowadays rely on personal computers, smartphones, tablets as well as multiple big and small applications. Microsoft Corp. believes that its next-generation Xbox One game console is such an ultimate consumer device that it could eventually turn into an ultimate device for small businesses. While initially SMBs can take advantage of Microsoft’s own programs pre-installed on Xbox One, eventually the console may gain special third-party business apps.
“What is being positioned as an excellent entertainment device can be just as enticing for you and your small business. In fact, it is 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,” said Marques Lyons, Microsoft Xbox MVP and the director of Consumer Camp.
Microsoft Xbox One video game console will come with bundled second-generation Kinect motion sensor with built-in wide-angle 1080p webcam and microphones, which should greatly simplify communications and web presentations. The console is also pre-loaded with Skype, which enables audio, video and text communications with hundreds of millions of people. The difference here is that Xbox One and Kinect gives businesses the open space to move, gesture, show examples, and see everyone more clearly on a big TV screen.
The forthcoming gaming device also comes pre-loaded with Internet Explorer and SkyDrive, which means that users will be able not only to browse the web, but to share data, such as photos and videos. Moreover, the Xbox One is compatible with Office Web Apps, which lets Xbox to view and edit Word, Excel or Power Point documents.
Thanks to support of Wi-Fi Direct, owners of Xbox One can send presentations from tablets/notebooks to the TV, use Smart Glass-enabled tablets to navigate through the PowerPoint presentation or use a tablet to control Internet Explorer.
While the Xbox One features some very basic business apps out-of-the-box, it will also support third-party programs, which are expected to transform the gaming system into a fully-fledged business tool.
“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',” said Mr. Lyons.