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'New Xbox' comment was miscommunication, says Microsoft

Alleged Xbox 720 reference was 'not understood in its intended context

Microsoft has clarified a claim made recently by one of its executives after it was believed he mentioned the "next Xbox" during an interview.

Brian Hall, general manager of Windows Live, mentioned a 'new Xbox' during an interview with technology site The Verge.

He said: "We've operated Hotmail for about 16 years, we obviously have Exchange and Outlook that people use at work, and we just decided it was time to do something new and bring the best from each of those and put them together and release it right in time for the new wave of products that we have coming out with Windows 8, with the new version of Office, with the New Windows Phone and the new Xbox."

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It was thought that the 'new Xbox' comment was a reference to Microsoft's next-gen console.

On Tuesday, however, Microsoft released a statement clarifying that the comment made by Hall was not in fact about next-gen console.

"The comments to The Verge were not understood in their intended context," the company said.

"When Brian mentioned a 'new wave of products,' he was referring to the full lineup of products coming later this year from Microsoft, including Windows 8, Office, Windows Phone and of course our fall Xbox update which will bring a host of new consumer experiences like Xbox Music, Videos, Games on Windows 8 and Xbox SmartGlass."

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