Microsoft Pitches Xbox One to Small Businesses

July 11, 2013 -

Microsoft thinks that every small business should spend money on an Xbox One. In a public letter penned by Microsoft director of consumer camp Marques Lyons, the company touted the many features of the Xbox One that small businesses could take advantage like using the Kinect and Skype to host conference calls, SkyDrive, Office Web Apps, Internet Explorer, SmartGlass, Wi-Fi Direct and the ability to use large screen televisions for all those functions.

Finally, Lyons said that future apps on Xbox One that are beneficial to small businesses have not been decided, and that future apps "down the road" could be "of benefit for you and your business."

You can read the entire letter here.

The Xbox One will be released this November for $499.

 


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Re: Microsoft Pitches Xbox One to Small Businesses

Ok, before I got my current gaming tower, I used a low end off the shelf computer, which came with monitor, keyboar,d mouse, everything, for $500.

Let me state the price again.

$500.00

How much does the Xbone cost again?

Re: Microsoft Pitches Xbox One to Small Businesses

If I am going to be generous, I can kinda see this.  Quite a few of those functions are often done via appliances rather then full PC since they tend to be cheaper and lower maintinace then a low cost general purpose computer.

However, once you start throwing all that functionality into a single appliance, are really just back to a general purpose computer again so you might as well get, well, a regular desktop or laptop.  Dell's small buisness department can probably provide better solutions then a repurposed game console.

Re: Microsoft Pitches Xbox One to Small Businesses

Probably better, but can they do cheaper? I know I'd be willing to use a game console for a "good enough" experience if it saved me a hundred bucks a unit.

Of course, I assume the answer to my question is no, since I'm sure you can get a PC that does all this and more for five hundred bucks, or something with comparable capabilities for less, but still.

Re: Microsoft Pitches Xbox One to Small Businesses

The homogenization of consoles (specifically Microsoft's) into shitty PCs continues.

Re: Microsoft Pitches Xbox One to Small Businesses

the company touted the many features of the Xbox One that small businesses could take advantage like using the Kinect and Skype to host conference calls, SkyDrive, Office Web Apps, Internet Explorer, SmartGlass, Wi-Fi Direct and the ability to use large screen televisions for all those functions.

And my PC can't do any of this, why?

Re: Microsoft Pitches Xbox One to Small Businesses

I imagine the appeal is that it's cheaper than a full PC; although, like Neeneko mentioned, odds are pretty good that you could find a full PC that's the same price (if not cheaper) depending on who you talk to and where you look.

Re: Microsoft Pitches Xbox One to Small Businesses

Even if it is cheaper they'll probably have a PC to run an office suit and other software like email etc.

Re: Microsoft Pitches Xbox One to Small Businesses

They're being forced to bring back the start button for PCs, Xbox one won't need a start button.

 
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