Microsoft: Xbox One a Justifiable Business Expense

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Microsoft: Xbox One a Justifiable Business Expense

Oddly enough, they might have a point.

In an odd turn of events, the folks over at Microsoft are trying to market the Xbox One as a useful tool for small businesses. Microsoft released a letter on the 9th from Marques Lyons, Microsoft’s Director of Consumer Camp and Xbox MVP, stating that the new console could be justifiable as a business expense. I think that this just takes the cake, but it’s a clever idea. I can’t tell though if this is just a marketing ploy or if this will really catch on with app developers for the Xbox One. Mr. Lyons does make a valid point for the console’s uses, but I would be afraid it might send the wrong message in the workplace. I think it might give clients the wrong idea about the company and its employees.

Fun and work should be balanced in order to get the optimal efficiency from a company’s employees. That being said, even if you are well structured, a client may see a game console as the ultimate form of company negligence in keeping the balance. Whether or not you use the console for the business tools it provides, it will still appear to an outsider as just a game console in the workplace (in some workplaces, albeit very few, that might not be a bad thing). So what has Microsoft proposed in order to steer people away from the belief that the Xbox One is purely for gaming?

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Microsoft SmartGlass

In Microsoft’s letter from Mr. Lyons, he lists some features that will define the Xbox One’s role in the workplace. The first of these features is the Xbox One’s utilization of Skype. With a wide-angle lens and a microphone built in to the Kinect, you could capture everyone at the conference table in 1080p. You could just mount a projector, hook it up to the console, and air a live stream of a full conference room to another full conference room. With SkyDrive, Wi-Fi Direct, and SmartGlass you can bring up, store, and play with documents, send your material to the TV via a tablet or personal device, and send files to devices linked to the system during the conference. It is said to rival modest video conferencing or networking equipment, but I get the feeling that future app development might push it beyond that. After all, Mr. Lyons says

“The app story of Xbox One has yet to be written, therefore it is entirely possible to find apps down the road that could be of benefit for you and your business.”


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