Microsoft's Biggest Product Since Windows 95http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/05/24/microsofts-biggest-product-since-windows.aspx Michael Lewis
May 24, 2013
While one tech titan was defending its (lack of) tax payments to the United States Senate, another introduced its first truly cutting-edge product in many moons. Tuesday saw the unveiling of Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) Xbox One. Now, this isn't your 12-year-old nephew's gaming console, it's a formidable and first-of-its-kind effort to create an interactive, all-encompassing home entertainment set-top box. While gamers and game-makers will rejoice with news of a new, top-of-the-line console, investors should be tingling with excitement -- because this may be the most compelling thing to come out of Redmond since Windows 95.
Still, am I wrong to believe that this new system is something worth cheerleading?
But the Xbox One does have plenty of headline-worthy features. For one, the console allows for split-screen gaming, television watching, Skype video calling, and more. This is something smart TVs have been trending toward, but haven't quite made the leap. The Xbox One, though not a TV, is the first device we have seen to offer full split-screen functionality. Users can play Call of Duty while talking to Grandma via Skype. While you are watching Iron Man via Netflix streaming on your Xbox One, you can simultaneously Google (I mean, Bing?) how much Robert Downey Jr. is paid for each film, and why that'll never happen to you. The possibilities are endless! But seriously, this feature has important implications for the future of TV-based content consumption.