Microsoft: Xbox One for small businesses is a great investment

This might be on your work desk soon

You might think that having an Xbox One at work wouldn’t be the best idea when it comes to productivity, but Microsoft is trying to convince Small Business owners that picking up the company’s new console is a great investment.

While Microsoft views the Xbox One as “an excellent entertainment device” the company claims that the new console can be so much more. It argues that the Xbox platform is so robust and reliable that it can be a great option in terms of video conferencing and as a networking platform.

Skype, Skydrive, Internet Explorer and Smartglass are some of the apps that come with the Xbox One that could be valuable for SMBs. Microsoft explains that due to such baked in-apps, the ability to integrate with other Microsoft devices via Smartglass, and the possibility of future third party business dedicated apps make the Xbox One and its $499 price tag a great option for small businesses.

Now all you have to do is convince your boss that you need an Xbox for Skype, not for playing games.

Source: Microsoft Small Business Support

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I'm going to rush out and get a few of these for my small business right now!

... said no SMB executive ever.

If the console is being sold at a loss, i don't see how it would be effective selling to smb's since these companies will most likely not be purchasing games, so how would ms be making back any profit from these smb companies?

You'll need a way to re-skin the UI to something that doesn't look like a game machine. People don't want to fire up their presentation system in front of a room full of clients and have a big 3D avatar wave at them.

hu?

500$. No keyboard. No mouse. Reliability of its ancestor not really good.

I don't see how this is a winner for any company who already own more than enough computer towers for their need.

Depends on how the new Kinect works with Skype. If it's anything like their old Roundtable solution, then it really could be a cheap videoconferencing tool -- and I can tell you that $500 for the console and $50/year for Xbox Live isn't CHEAP for a good videoconferencing tool.

Makes sense to me as it's a pretty decent presentation and combined virtual meetings machine.

All i know is that mine will be tax deductible as confirmed by my accountant due to the fact it comes with IE and as a webdesigner it is needed for testing purposes

Mikeffer said,
Makes sense to me as it's a pretty decent presentation and combined virtual meetings machine.

All i know is that mine will be tax deductible as confirmed by my accountant due to the fact it comes with IE and as a webdesigner it is needed for testing purposes


If your accountant is telling you that, get a new accountant (if you're in the US). It's true that you can deduct SOME of it - but only the percentage that you actually use to test IE. If you use it for games, Skype, etc, AT ALL, you can't deduct the whole thing. My wife used to be a tax preparer, and she told the story of a client who used his home office as a deduction. Was audited, everything went well. Auditor closed his briefcase, got up, and started some small talk. Mentioned that he had a nice TV in the office, and the guy said, "Yeah, my son and I sit in here and watch TV in the morning." Auditor sat down, opened his briefcase and said, "Ahh, so this isn't all for business afterall." D'oh.

Fezmid said,

If your accountant is telling you that, get a new accountant (if you're in the US). It's true that you can deduct SOME of it - but only the percentage that you actually use to test IE. If you use it for games, Skype, etc, AT ALL, you can't deduct the whole thing. My wife used to be a tax preparer, and she told the story of a client who used his home office as a deduction. Was audited, everything went well. Auditor closed his briefcase, got up, and started some small talk. Mentioned that he had a nice TV in the office, and the guy said, "Yeah, my son and I sit in here and watch TV in the morning." Auditor sat down, opened his briefcase and said, "Ahh, so this isn't all for business afterall." D'oh.

Well yeah obviously. By tax deductible i mean the percentage that's used for work which, let's face it, is going to be as much as 40-60 hours per week, a lot more than i'd use it for gaming. Despite the fact i wouldn't be using it 40-60 hours a week for that purpose, it would still be an office piece of kit, same as the printer, office PC etc.

Interesting marketing angle, but makes sense when you consider how much companies invest in media and teleconferencing devices that have static functionality.

Why pay $500 a month for a Cisco HD tele-conferencing system, when you can have more functionality and universal connectivity options with Skype/Lync for a one time $500 price tag.


Mobius Enigma said,
Interesting marketing angle, but makes sense when you consider how much companies invest in media and teleconferencing devices that have static functionality.

Why pay $500 a month for a Cisco HD tele-conferencing system, when you can have more functionality and universal connectivity options with Skype/Lync for a one time $500 price tag.


I can see our meetings now! Boss walks in and everyone's playing GTA V on our overhead projector meant for presentations.

Hmm now that's a novel way to sell a game console. I guess Halo 4 will be used for "Stress Relief", Forza for "Team Building" and cutting your head off in Ryse will be how they tell you you're fired.

Oh and achievements will replace cash bonuses.

"Skype, Skydrive, Internet Explorer and Smartglass are some of the apps that come with the Xbox One that could be valuable for SMBs."
All available for free without paying a yearly subscription fee on a cheap laptop. No idea why they are trying to flog the Xbox One to SMB's. Then again their whole strategy has been confused from the start. You need to sell to gamers in the first few years then move after a more diverse market. Seems like they learnt nothing from the 360.

sure, you NEED to selll to gamers.... ) you know: "gamers" are only a very small percentage of the pontential market for the xbox one. it's a good thing for ms that they dont focus on "gamers" only. and its sad they were listening to the even smaller group of "crying gamers" when they changed the drm rules recently....

or perhaps they learnt from the 360 and thought it will be better to appeal to a wider audience rather than to so called "gamers". Gamers alone will not be enough to make profit off the Xbox .

I dont see how reversing restrictive DRM is "sad" but anyway I specifically stated that there is opportunity to go after a more diverse market. Maybe you should read my comment again. My point was gamers are the ones more likely to drop $500 on a system, whereas people who want a mediabox/kinect for video conferencing/whatever other reason will wait for a few years for the price to come down. Microsoft need to push for gamers first and foremost as they are the early adopters. Or perhaps you can highlight this mythical "potential" market i seem to be neglecting that would spend a hefty amount for a box that can stream Netflix?

kinpin said,
or perhaps they learnt from the 360 and thought it will be better to appeal to a wider audience rather than to so called "gamers". Gamers alone will not be enough to make profit off the Xbox .

I think you missed my point just like yves.

Better IMO to nail down one audience before expanding the reach of the product to a wider group than vice versa.

the better twin said,

I think you missed my point just like yves.

I don't think I did , you want them to first push it to "gamers" before other markets.. isn't that what your point was all about?

kinpin said,

I don't think I did , you want them to first push it to "gamers" before other markets.. isn't that what your point was all about?


Yes and then when they have established themselves they can lower prices and go after the diverse market you crave. Who else would spend the $500 (plus subscription fees)? I can tell you one thing. It wont be SMB's.

why are "gamers" willing to pay more than businesses for xbox one as a videoconferencing system? or non-gamers like me that want to use the xbox as a propper home-entertainment system (media center)? xbox one is far more than a gaming console. thats why it should be market as that!

ps: and do you think after 1 year of marketing as a game console only it will be easy to sell it as a business device?! afterwards )

the better twin said,

Yes and then when they have established themselves they can lower prices and go after the diverse market you crave. Who else would spend the $500 (plus subscription fees)? I can tell you one thing. It wont be SMB's.

What other subscription fee are you talking about ? It cost just $500. They're selling it as a multi purpose device, and with the inclusion of the appstore and kinect, they can add more user scenrios that will make it more relevant for small businesses. (my last company had an Xbox just for playing games)

Opening it to a wider markets means they can move more units and possibly bring down the prices over a short period of time.

kinpin said,

What other subscription fee are you talking about ? It cost just $500. They're selling it as a multi purpose device, and with the inclusion of the appstore and kinect, they can add more user scenrios that will make it more relevant for small businesses. (my last company had an Xbox just for playing games)

Opening it to a wider markets means they can move more units and possibly bring down the prices over a short period of time.


Xbox Live for one, just to use Skype.
I find it hard to believe a business would choose to buy an Xbox over a cheap PC.
The app store would be available on other devices for cheaper with more friendly inputs (mouse and keyboard). Unless you are suggesting Microsoft should bring Office to the Xbox I fail to see how it would be relevant?

the better twin said,

Xbox Live for one, just to use Skype.
I find it hard to believe a business would choose to buy an Xbox over a cheap PC.
The app store would be available on other devices for cheaper with more friendly inputs (mouse and keyboard). Unless you are suggesting Microsoft should bring Office to the Xbox I fail to see how it would be relevant?

Oh that .. well that's a bummer for sure but then again this offers better value than a pc with a 20 inch monitor or a Cisco telepresence. If their going after SMB, it's going to do more than just Skype.