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Submission + - Why the Xbox One could be a hit with businesses (

colinneagle writes: Microsoft makes some good points in its business pitch for the Xbox One, most notably that, at $499, it would be a pretty easy expense write-off. But The Xbox One will also offer Skype, SkyDrive, IE and Office and Wi-Fi Direct, plus you can write your own apps for it. Since the Xbox One is powered by an x86 chip courtesy of AMD, most PC developers should not be overly challenged in writing custom apps. The Kinect One audio/video detector will be the real selling point here, as it is much more advanced than any Webcam, with wide-angle 1080p motion detection that can be operated by voice and gestures. Wi-Fi Direct will allow owners of Xbox One to send presentations from a tablet or notebook to the console for display on the TV, and you can use the Smart Glass controller to navigate through the PowerPoint presentation or use a tablet to control Internet Explorer.

And that's all out of the box. Since Xbox One will support third-party applications, you can build all kinds of custom business tools that utilize the hardware, including Kinect, and software.

Comment Re:Something missing (Score 1) 103

several thousand Dollars a pop for the hardware

I remember when computers were several thousand dollars a pop for the hardware, and that was before adjusting for inflation.

That said, 3d printing just doesn't have the same kind of selling power that some other big ticket household items have. It's not the price holding it back, it's just not something everyone needs.

Comment Re: I don't even, what are they, what? (Score 1) 103

I have a pretty easy time of printing from windows. Just as I have for about the past decade or so.

That's funny, I have "printing errors" all the time, and windows is incapable of explaining in any level of detail what the error is or how I might fix it. Inevitably it is because something crashed the crappy printer's crappy driver, causing the print spool service to stop. Restarting the service causes the driver to immediately crash again. I have to unplug the printer, restart the service, delete the document from the queue, then plug the printer back in, all because windows doesn't even let me open the printer queue if the print service isn't running.

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