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What the Xbox One tells us about ‘the new Microsoft’

23
Nov
2013

The Xbox One is apparently more than just a killer next-generation gaming console — it’s also apparently a dry run for what outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer hopes will be a more collaborative Microsoft. Bloomberg Businessweek reports on how the Xbox One really is the first major consumer product Microsoft has built where it’s encouraged input from so many of its major divisions including Windows, Skype, Bing, Azure, Kinect and SkyDrive. All of this in-house cooperation is somewhat new to Microsoft, which has long been famous for encouraging cutthroat competition among its employees. “The Xbox One’s operating system includes Windows 8 and speeds switching between apps and games,” explains Bloomberg Businessweek. “ “Windows also means a broader range of apps for users, because

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