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wjousts writes: A interesting take on the birth of the Xbox from Technology Review:

When the original Xbox video-game console went on sale in 2001, it wasn't clear why Microsoft, known for staid workplace software, was branching out into fast-paced action games. But Microsoft decided that capitalizing on the popularity of gaming could help the company position itself for the coming wave of home digital entertainment.

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Why Microsoft Embraced Gaming

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Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.