Someday, you may walk into a meeting room at Aperture Science or The Umbrella Corp. and instead of a $3500 video conferencing solution, you could find Kinect staring at you. Microsoft’s Marques Lyons published an open letter to small business owners pitching the Xbox One as an affordable communication and workflow collaboration device for their companies.
What is being positioned as an excellent entertainment device can be just as enticing for you and your small business. In fact, it’s entirely justifiable to make the Xbox One a business expense. The Xbox One, priced at $499, is an affordable option for small business owners, as there are many features built into the console that could help it rival even the most modest of video conferencing and networking platforms.
Lyons detailed how the Xbox One console could benefit businesses through its communication features. Skype and Kinect could be used for video conferencing. SkyDrive could be used for sharing Office Web Apps to open documents like charts or spreadsheets. SmartGlass enabled devices could be used to collaborate on documents during presentations.
Marques Lyons missed an opportunity by not mentioning that you could use the Xbox One to brag about your Gamerscore during a meeting. “As you can see, Unit 3 really synergized with… Oh, hey! My Halo 5 Achievements! Man, I really crushed that game!”