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Who Needs PC When You Can Have Xbox One at Work

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  • Desktops
  • Enterprise
  • Microsoft
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July 14, 2013 9:10:59 AM

Or I can spend $400 amd get an A10 powered laptop and it will do Skype and Skydrive. It also has a monitor for when I dont have a projector or monitor handy.
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July 14, 2013 9:13:59 AM

With all the recent talk of the NSA having access to Skype and SkyDrive I can't see Businesses being too eager to adopt this approach.
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July 14, 2013 9:19:27 AM

There are still companies have difficulty moving away from XP and other antiquated bits of PC software. What makes MS think this will be widely adopted?
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July 14, 2013 9:43:20 AM

Or, I could just take the desktop/laptop's we already have, and tack on a 1080p camera with a wide angle lense for like 50-75$? maybe a hundred if I really wanted top end quality.

Install skypes crappy video service for free, and only be out a 1/6-1/5th of the consoles price, without the worry of my employees playing halo 7 at work.
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July 14, 2013 9:45:44 AM

with powerpoint support, I can see this as a viable device for conference/presentation rooms. but I still wouldnt choose this over a pc in a business i might own. theres often last minute fixing to do in a presentation and website maneuvering that would be difficult with a kinect. as for skype, the kinect can be handy in a conference room, but its way too bulky to have lying around in an office.

still, I believe this wont have near the amount of success in businesses as microsoft expects. the great most of the businesses Ive visited would prefer to buy a cheap laptop/desktop at walmart and a powerpoint clicker because they do enough and they are easy to work with. in a conference room NOONE likes to have to deal with a learning curve, especially on the presentation device. not to mention getting used to the kinect and holding yourself from flailing your arms around like most people do in presentations. theres also the lack of variety in the console. some people dont use skype and skydrive, and were unsure as to exactly how many developers are going to use this console. and microsoft isnt exactly on the best of terms with google.

Id still reserve my full judgement for when/if I have the opportunity to use the kinect in a conference. or at least see it.
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July 14, 2013 10:04:45 AM

After possibly having seen the amount of PS4 pre-orders, Microsoft is probably trying to push XB1 into other markets - like businesses, because they'll need to get their money from somewhere. The thing is, I highly doubt any businessman will consider integrating Xbox ONE in their conference sessions and all that. Like others have already said, you need conference & presentation tools? PC+WebCam+Powerpoint - they are supposed to have PCs and Powerpoint already so they'd only need to buy a wide-angle / high-res Webcam and use it.
I doubt Xbox ONE will ever beat webcam prices - even if we were to talk about premium hardware.
With their product being painfully rejected in the gaming world(Skype being monitored by the NSA? Not having the ability to turn the freaking camera off? Other limitations that I'm supposed to pay for...), their crappy product will also be highly rejected (not even considered, actually) in the business area.
Moreover - what kind of business image would you portray for your company when using a gaming console/media center as a communication device?
Don't get me wrong, but a desktop computer will ALWAYS look more professional - and I think that's what serious companies are after.

Oh, and I forgot to mention the "Let's play!" attitude Microsoft is all about (Windows h8 being among the products that puts play above work) will only hurt Microsoft's sale-figures in professional areas.
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July 14, 2013 10:56:25 AM

this is just ridiculous, i don't even...
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July 14, 2013 11:27:41 AM

Does this mean we won't get crappy console ports for the PC anymore...?
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July 14, 2013 11:58:10 AM

Maybe because PCs cheaper than $499 are readily available?
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July 14, 2013 12:00:13 PM

This might work for a very small business or one just starting out but just the fact that its primary use is for gaming hurts how it is perceived for other markets.
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July 14, 2013 12:09:57 PM

OH Ya! Lets get an Xbox for the office! I'm sure productivity will skyrocket!

Said no boss, ever.
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July 14, 2013 12:45:25 PM

Why not just dual boot this into WIndows 8 and run all your apps. Then eveyone in the office can frag each other when the Boss is out! Comeon Microsoft get with it! Just make the Xbox something like Apple Macs... Geeze Hello?!
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July 14, 2013 12:54:23 PM

If you do business on a game console, don't expect to actually get business.This is yet another pathetic attempt by Microsoft to widen there customer base.
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July 14, 2013 1:49:19 PM

it wouldn't be bad if xbox one allowe you to install Windows on it.
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July 14, 2013 1:56:52 PM

A PC with kinect... LOL NO. A cable box with Kinect, maybe.
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July 14, 2013 2:53:09 PM

Stick full fledged windows in there and you MIGHT have some customers...
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July 14, 2013 5:59:19 PM

The criticism here confounds me a bit. Yes, a large IT company will not likely adopt an X1 for teleconferencing. However, I can certainly see a smaller company adopting it as a dedicated machine. First, MOST computers a company buys are not the budget-line machines us consumers buy... They pay a premium for (slightly) better specs, (slightly) better built components, but mostly SUPPORT. Second, as a small company you would want to look cutting edge, "hip". Sounds lame, but many small businesses win customers by being responsive/agile and selling that "next generation" mentality. I can actually see this impressing people, aside from being useful.
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July 14, 2013 6:03:54 PM

You know what also can do this? A PC on windows 8 with a Kinect. The difference is you can get shit done with Windows 8 after you modify it.
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July 14, 2013 6:40:24 PM

fball922 said:
First, MOST computers a company buys are not the budget-line machines us consumers buy... They pay a premium for (slightly) better specs, (slightly) better built components, but mostly SUPPORT. Second, as a small company you would want to look cutting edge, "hip". Sounds lame, but many small businesses win customers by being responsive/agile and selling that "next generation" mentality. I can actually see this impressing people, aside from being useful.


But they don't need to. There is really no reason for that and no benefit of using a gaming console.
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July 14, 2013 10:49:31 PM

custom keyboard and mouse controls?
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July 14, 2013 11:59:35 PM

Or I can spend $400 amd get an A10 powered laptop and it will do Skype and Skydrive. It also has a monitor for when I dont have a projector or monitor handy.
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July 15, 2013 4:41:39 AM

I haven't found Skype to be a business class application. It pales in comparison to h.232 video conference systems that offer better quality, an open standard, desktop sharing and scalability. On the downside, you get what you pay for and h.232 systems are priced much higher than an Xbox. I've done Skype video conferences in the workplace and for a person to person call it's OK, but it has no place in the conference room.
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July 15, 2013 7:24:17 AM

Hey, Schizofrog, you do realise every competitor to MS also has NSA feelers in it as well, good luck with that
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July 15, 2013 7:26:08 AM

What a load of crap... All they do is mimicking a PC. Then, why not just build a pc in economy of scales...
All those crappy R&D, marketing, and rubbish PR... Just do it the right way.
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July 15, 2013 8:42:38 AM

Wait until Kinect for PC and just attach that to your current computer.
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July 15, 2013 11:40:32 AM

Ah, I guess it's not enough letting NSA have Skype chatlogs, they needed Kinect/webcam backdoors too

I'm so glad I don't live in USA
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July 15, 2013 11:56:11 AM

I don't see a huge market for "Xbox at Work". Clever, yes. Useful, not really.
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July 15, 2013 2:57:29 PM

microsoft is really reaching hard with this one
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July 15, 2013 10:55:50 PM

"Hell, if it supports a mouse and keyboard, I'm sold."

And the deal killer.. because AFAIK it doesn't.
Steve Ballmer: Controller controller controller! Controller controller controller! Kinect!
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July 16, 2013 7:06:12 AM

They sure are trying... dont know how the IRS feels about using XBOX as an business expense.
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