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Xbox One is an 'entirely justifiable' business expense, says Microsoft

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Xbox One is an "entirely justifiable" business expense for small companies, Microsoft Xbox MVP Marques Lyons wrote on the company's official small business support website.

The post describes Xbox One as both an entertainment console and a potential business tool that will extend the typical computer-and-phone set-up adopted by small businesses. According to Lyons, the console's video conferencing and networking platform integration can be useful for start-up companies, while its $499 price tag is an "affordable option" for small companies.

"In fact, it's entirely justifiable to make the Xbox One a business expense," writes Lyons. "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."

Xbox One will ship with an in-console Skype, SkyDrive, wi-fi direct, Internet Explorer and Office Web apps, in addition to future apps that will likely appear down the road and focus on business owners.

"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,'" writes Lyons.

Xbox One is slated to launch later this year.