Microsoft: Xbox One Is Perfect For Your Small Business

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Microsoft: Xbox One Is Perfect For Your Small Business

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Why not treat it as a business expense?

Marques Lyons, Xbox MVP, has put out an open letter to small businesses making a timely suggestion: buy an Xbox One. Heck, make it a business expense; there are many features built into the console - video conferencing, networking and the like - that will help your business grow. Like Skype? Xbox One does that, and allows for multi-person chatting. Need to store documents? Xbox One has the Sky Drive. Internet Explorer and Office Web Apps are at your fingertips, with the Xbox One. Plus there's plenty of assistance for your presentation and Power Point needs. You won't even need a clicker to navigate from page to page; Kinect does away with all that. Other, future apps could add further business functionality. Buy one for your business today! Or better yet, in November 2013, when it actually comes out.

If you're wondering who Marques Lyons is, wonder no more. It's an interesting pitch; certainly there are Xbone functions that a business could find useful. You have to wonder just how many businesses really want to buy into a $499 console for Skype and Power Point, or how many of the ones that need those services already have devices that provide them. Lyons himself seems to acknowledge this in the first paragraph of his open letter. "As the owner of a small business, you find great value in your computer and your phone," he says. "Between the two of them you are prepped for presentations, up to date on your appointments and able to create documents with relative ease."

And there's the rub. If you're a small business and you're looking for tech that can really help you out, why look further than a smartphone and tablet? Skype, cloud storage, presentation software, web browsing; it's all there, plus plenty more third party apps. Payroll management systems, point of sale apps, barcode readers, analytics apps, apps for keeping track of travel expenses, client databases, any flavour of accountancy and financial management package you care to name, and so on. Not only is it out there, and at pretty comparable prices, it's more convenient simply because it's mobile. You won't be putting the Xbone in your pocket or bag any time soon.

Anything's possible, but if Microsoft's hoping for a significant pick up in small business purchases, it may be disappointed. We'll know one way or the other after the Xbone's November launch.

Source: Small Business Support column

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Yet a small business will already have all of these features available on their existing infrastructure.

I honestly don't know if this is trolling.

Then in a few months Microsoft should get themselves a some.

MorphingDragon:
Yet a small business will already have all of these features available on their existing infrastructure.

I honestly don't know if this is trolling.

I would say its scraping the bottom of the barrel more then anything.

I don't think Microsoft quite grasped that the reason so many people disliked the XBone wasn't just the DRM, but that it seemed to be less and less about gaming. If somebody wanted what has been described here there are much cheaper, practical alternatives already out there, so this is hardly going to help promote sales and positive PR.

Not to mention how most people are going to have a hard time justifying to the tax man that the games console they bought was meant for business. PC's can get away with it and so can tablets because gaming isn't the function most people buy them for.

Umm computer's and as mentioned; tablets and smartphones. Try reaching out to kids Microsoft, they're the one's who are uninformed enough about your device and have access to people who have more money than they do.

You think they would've learned from Sony's 'It only does everything' and how much that took off (it didn't).

"What's the Kinect do? Don't worry about it. Just keep operating your business as if no one is watching everything you do and listening to everything you say."

Purely joking there. I don't see much of a market for Xbone in this context, but who knows. No harm in trying.

So why wouldn't they just buy a 250 € pc for office work, skype and powerpoint?
Or does MS Office come for free on the Xbone? That'd be the only way I could see this work. If it supports keyboards, mice, printers... all that stuff.

Every time they talk about some new feature, it becomes more and more clear that making this thing a games machine was an after-thought more than anything else. The guys in charge of this thing really need to get their act together.

And that right there is why people rail against all the bells and whistles slapped onto this thing: they already have stuff that does it all. The "Wave of the Future" that this XBone is bringing is pretty neat......too bad that the "future" in this case happened like, five years ago. This is why they should have stuck with just making a gaming console a console that plays games. We wanted a next gen gaming console, not a console that's desperately trying to be a general-use PC. Why? Because everyone already has a general use PC/laptop.

I mean give them points for trying, I guess...but really, it's just like the article said: very few small businesses are going to want to drop $500 to get a system that does all the things that the rest of their tech already does.

While the services it provides can be pretty nifty, I don't see how branding the new game box as a Microsoft Office Mobile is really going to help with their image problem. It does further make the point that 'teh hardcore gamerz' are no longer the target audience, though.

"It's a bold strategy Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him."

I don't think they have any idea what they designed. The Ouya has better marketing than this thing.

Wow it's just perfect for environments already chock-full of similar machines that can cost less and perform those same actions and then some.

I know gaming needs an image overhaul, but it's going to look really unprofessional if there's a controller lying about in the boardroom.

"Tired of playing Solitare between spreadsheets? Now you can play first-person shooters between spreadsheets!"

QUICK! Grasp at all the things!!!

This is kinda sad...

Just to add on: I have heard of games trying to cater to everyone, but not a console. I want to see how this will turn out.

Yes buy our 500 dollar console, instead of a 200 dollar PC that will do the exact same thing. Heck if you are starting a business the chances are you already own a PC. So buy this giant VCR instead where you have no options to actually do any work on it, but it works fine as a giant USB stick and projector.

Legion:
I don't think Microsoft quite grasped that the reason so many people disliked the XBone wasn't just the DRM, but that it seemed to be less and less about gaming. If somebody wanted what has been described here there are much cheaper, practical alternatives already out there, so this is hardly going to help promote sales and positive PR.

Not to mention how most people are going to have a hard time justifying to the tax man that the games console they bought was meant for business. PC's can get away with it and so can tablets because gaming isn't the function most people buy them for.

Valid points that I feel deserve a bit of reposting. On top of that, can someone please get these people to focus? It's a Video Game Console, the other features are secondary. They are nifty secondary features, but nothing your average smartphone isn't already doing, and without DRM and a marketing department staffed by pandas.

They're definitely grasping at straws now. Not only have they lost sight of their audience, they're trying to wring in markets they already captured. That's the definition of insanity right there. They don't have a clue what their end goal is.

And to be honest, it's fucking hilarious.

So... this box that is guaranteed to be able to spy on anything you do is supposedly perfect to be used for every aspect of your business. I think i'm going to vomit. All that's left for them is to get Lavrov to give a shoutout to it.

even captcha says "no-brainer"

Guess what Microsoft, the majority of your consumers don't own small businesses. Big surprise I know! But maybe you'd know this if you didn't become suddenly retarded in recent years.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA... oh this is to good oh god!

Seriously Microsoft so you are just going to push Windows RT onto the Xbox One. So you even can claim "It can do small office"

How again does this helps the gamer? Oh it doesn't!
Oh at least you gave us a laugh this is awesomely wrong! Seriously WTF are you doing Microsoft. Who set you up to do this.

You think that just putting your failed products on EVERYTHING you sell that it will work. Oh boy, at least you made me and I hope a few others laugh.

Oh and before I sign off.. what happened to gaming consoles being about gaming. Because really Microsoft are you trying to make the Xbox One into I can do everything.. while failing at being a gameconsole?

This is quite funny and kinda pathetic. With this, Microsoft is enforcing exactly why a lot of gamers don't want the new Xbox: Microsoft doesn't seem to care about games. Oh Microsoft, you so clueless...

Why do I keep reading news about the X1? It only makes my head hurt...

I'll buy it if they call it the New Zune(c) #trolling

Is Microsoft trying to get people to buy a PC because they will probably get windows?

You know the xbox was a games machine right? not a glorified TV box or management tool... i'll go back to doing something constructive now rather than floging the dead horse of the xbone.

I'd ask if Microsoft was crazy but I think that was answered some time ago...

I'm suprised MS are courting small businesses after buring that bridge with Windows 8 and Office 2013/Office 360.

Now call me crazy but for $500 you could buy a decent laptop or a very decent PC right? I'm pretty sure webcam is standard with those. This seems like clutching at straws. They're still trying to make internet explorer sound like a feature too, when even the PS3 had a webbrowser

Nice try Microsoft, but you're coming across as a tad desperate here. Don't try and convince us (or yourselves) that you spent eight years upgrading a gaming console into a power tool for the modern workplace.

Isn't corporate espionage illegal?
/trolololol

BrotherRool:
Now call me crazy but for $500 you could buy a decent laptop or a very decent PC right? I'm pretty sure webcam is standard with those. This seems like clutching at straws. They're still trying to make internet explorer sound like a feature too, when even the PS3 had a webbrowser

Hell, not only will any old cheap PC be able to Skype or show powerpoint presentations or any other bullshit Microsoft thinks they'd use the Xbone for, these businesses are pretty much guaranteed to already have a computer. This smacks of a combination of desperation and really having no clue who the market for the Xbone actually is.

News flash: small businesses that aren't swimming in capital aren't going to buy a $500 console that does less than their computer they already own does.

And today on Microsoft's latest blunder...

MinionJoe:
"Tired of playing Solitare between spreadsheets? Now you can play first-person shooters between spreadsheets!"

Don't forget Dev Hunter!

Raiyan 1.0:

Don't forget Dev Hunter!

A vertical scrolling video game?

WHY DO YOU HATE THE FUTURE SO MUCH?!?

;)

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