All Aboard the Microsoft Mobile Office Bus

by Mark R

It appears that our old friends at Microsoft have discovered a way to take work on the way to work as Bill’s Boys have turned an ordinary bus into a mobile office.

Right now, this is being tried out in China. I’m not certain if these Chinese workers have a long commute, or if they would appreciate having working on projects as they go to and from the office.

In other words, I’m not sure a mobile office is a good idea. I imagine that if my time on the bus was over an hour, this would definitely be worth it. Anything less than fifteen minutes would not be. By the time I start some work project, I would have to wrap it up or miss my stop. However, the short time might be handy to check my email or something.

This would also be an excellent time to mention safety. Those monitors had better be screwed into the tables, and those tables had better be screwed into the frame of the bus. Otherwise, a sudden stop might cause them to fly. Hold on to your mice!

So, is what Microsoft doing in China ever going to come to America? If it does, it would be quite expensive to fit every bus with computers. Not to mention the maintenance required to keep them in operation.

So what do you think? Are you ready for a world that starts when you get on the bus? Leave a comment and let me know.


5 reviews or comments

Daniel Says: November 10, 2008 at 3:38 pm

Living in Chicago and commuting on the train every day I am very familiar with working on the way to and from work. On the train I ride every day I would estimate 35% have their laptops out, and another 25-30% are reading and writing E-mails and stuff on their PDA phone. That puts over half of the passengers working on their electronic devices on the way to work and back, with another good chunk working with boring old paper.

Any working model where you have to log in/out of a terminal on the go doesn’t make any sense to me. Just buy your employees laptops, it is much more efficient. On the other hand, spending thousands of dollars so that you can save a few bucks on payroll probably appeals to someone in management somewhere!

Neagle Says: November 11, 2008 at 2:30 am

Mostly all of our express buss service and commuter train are equipped with “free” Wi-FI and the trend is expanding to the full rout slowly around the Albuquerque NM area as public commuting becomes more acceptable. I believe any progressive transportation system needs to become Wi-Fi friendly.

Michael Says: November 11, 2008 at 7:12 am

I think it’s completely ridicules. The project can’t last long. MAYBE, just MAYBE this could be used for long long trips but that doesn’t even strike me as practical

Fate Says: April 12, 2009 at 8:55 am

lol, they might as well make it all like mini aeroplanes. except on the ground. what with the moniters all built in? that.

the time would be wasted a bit though. probably could only manange the most basic of operations e.g microsoft applications on them though. i wouldn’t rcommend this to any but business trips though. long business trips. the ones you spend collectng information then putting it altogether elsewhere.

but then why not save all that trouble and just use a personal/usiness laptop on the go? to have many computers in one place would require a few power sockets..

i like the power socket idea though. but unless it’s like a cyber-cafe on the go or something ( like those libraries/luncheons) it probably won’t market well enough^^;;

denzpabz Says: June 1, 2009 at 10:22 pm

you need a CCNA bus driver….hard to find nowadays…

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