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Microsoft is currently searching for a new CEO to replace Steve Ballmer who plans to retire within the next 10 months. Recent reports suggest the company has shortlisted Ford CEO Alan Mulally and former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop as external candidates.Mulally has stated he has no intentions to leave Ford, but a Bloomberg report claims that Elop has big plans if he

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Rumors. I hope these are false. Why do that? There's no reason to. 

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supposes Elop will sell xbox division, who would buy it?

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Neither of those make any sense. Kill Bing after it's integrated into Windows?

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supposes Elop will sell xbox division, who would buy it?

 

Sony. Trololol

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I do NOT get why you'd ever want to kill XBOX even if it is losing some money, why? because it's a HUGE marketing tool for MS... besides it's so integrated now into windows in terms of branding... and if MS only focused on business, what would they become? IBM?... where you slowly fade off into the gov contract area and are rarely heard or seen from again? Yeah there is a LOT of money there but nothing like being a prosumer type of business where you are targeting the professional and consumer...

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The Xbox division hasn't been profitable for Microsoft, while its online services division (which includes Bing) continues to lose billions of dollars. Sony actually fared worse with the PlayStation 3, which highlights how competitive the market is. Microsoft would be better off selling the Xbox division and focusing on supporting third parties with open platform games machines, like Valve is doing with Steam Machines. Don't forget that the Xbox was originally intended to be a Windows based DirectX gaming console and being open platform would have been much more in-line with Microsoft's traditional business model.

 

Spinning off the Xbox division, killing off Bing and pushing Office onto iOS and Android would be a bold move for Microsoft but one that could greatly benefit the company. I wasn't convinced about Elop before but he is shaping up to be the sort of radical CEO that Microsoft needs.

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Sounds like he's worried that Microsoft have spread themselves too thin, and so he wants to return to the things that made Microsoft who they are in the first place. I'm not sure why her thinks that, but that's just what it sounds like.

Dropping Bing? Yeah ok, I can understand his reasons for that. But selling the Xbox business would be pretty silly in my opinion.

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If true, no longer a candidate ;)

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I agree with pushing Office for non-Microsoft products like Android, iOS and perhaps even Linux but the rest doesn't make any sense. Microsoft's Xbox brand is very well known. That specific division may be losing money but that won't hurt Microsoft. They have a lot of money and Xbox is a long-term investment for them.

 

As for Bing, I'm beginning to use it more and more now. And I'm not alone. Google is having an issue with their image lately because of privacy concerns. I'm not saying people should ditch Google entirely because I can't speak for everyone. Personally, I'm using Google's products less and less. The hardest one for me to stop using is Gmail and YouTube. I have no use for Google+ anymore and Bing is good enough for me.

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The Xbox division hasn't been profitable for Microsoft, while its online services division (which includes Bing) continues to lose billions of dollars. Sony actually fared worse with the PlayStation 3, which highlights how competitive the market is. Microsoft would be better off selling the Xbox division and focusing on supporting third parties with open platform games machines, like Valve is doing with Steam Machines. Don't forget that the Xbox was originally intended to be a Windows based DirectX gaming console and being open platform would have been much more in-line with Microsoft's traditional business model.

 

Spinning off the Xbox division, killing off Bing and pushing Office onto iOS and Android would be a bold move for Microsoft but one that could greatly benefit the company. I wasn't convinced about Elop before but he is shaping up to be the sort of radical CEO that Microsoft needs.

I have to agree here.. 

 

Bing is a joke and just annoys most people.. I wouldn't sell xbox just yet though.. it's has a lot of marketshare.. and sometimes that is more important than profit.. they make up for it in other areas. 

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If anything should be spun off, it should be bing, but even that, that wouldn't make sense at this point in time. 

 

Xbox is part of the 3 screen initiative and i don't think Bill Gates would let that walk out.

 

With that said, it would be a sad day for the internet for google to be the only search left.. 

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I have to agree here.. 

 

Bing is a joke and just annoys most people.. I wouldn't sell xbox just yet though.. it's has a lot of marketshare.. and sometimes that is more important than profit.. they make up for it in other areas. 

 

In your opinion, maybe, but many people I know that aren't glued to Google by Android use it.

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All joking aside, I can't help but feel that Microsoft just has its fingers in too many pies. Honestly there are countless applications and services that we use (new and old) where either support has simply just dried up as Microsoft has lost interest in it, or where even on a new product support just isn't as good as it should be. An attempt to offload non-profitable business units, and to focus on core business sounds appealing - I can't say whether it would be a good move because I have no idea about which areas Microsoft make money in, but it makes sense. 

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Bing should definitely be killed off. It's been a failure from the start.

 

There's a lot of positives in branching off Xbox into it's own business but also creates a lot of uncertainties. Right now a lot of suits who don't care about the games industry are in charge of it which isn't healthy or good for the long term outlook.

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actually pushing Office for non-microsoft products would mean to return to golden day bussines model, where  Microsoft Office was also made for Mac alongside the PC.

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In your opinion, maybe, but many people I know that aren't glued to Google by Android use it.

Some people do use it.. but not really that many.. Here is a poll from this site.. which mostly are hardcore Microsoft fans..

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supposes Elop will sell xbox division, who would buy it?

 

Nintendo..  lol :D

 

Actually, not sure if anyone could..

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Bing should definitely be killed off. It's been a failure from the start.

 

There's a lot of positives in branching off Xbox into it's own business but also creates a lot of uncertainties. Right now a lot of suits who don't care about the games industry are in charge of it which isn't healthy or good for the long term outlook.

 

I use bing more than google and my biggest fear is that the spinoff would go to EA if Xbox were indeed spun off / sold..

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Bing should definitely be killed off. It's been a failure from the start.

 

There's a lot of positives in branching off Xbox into it's own business but also creates a lot of uncertainties. Right now a lot of suits who don't care about the games industry are in charge of it which isn't healthy or good for the long term outlook.

Hardly a failure. I know many that use it, and it's our default search engine at work. 

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The Xbox division hasn't been profitable for Microsoft, while its online services division (which includes Bing) continues to lose billions of dollars. Sony actually fared worse with the PlayStation 3, which highlights how competitive the market is. Microsoft would be better off selling the Xbox division and focusing on supporting third parties with open platform games machines, like Valve is doing with Steam Machines. Don't forget that the Xbox was originally intended to be a Windows based DirectX gaming console and being open platform would have been much more in-line with Microsoft's traditional business model.

 

Spinning off the Xbox division, killing off Bing and pushing Office onto iOS and Android would be a bold move for Microsoft but one that could greatly benefit the company. I wasn't convinced about Elop before but he is shaping up to be the sort of radical CEO that Microsoft needs.

Microsoft may have lost a lot of money with Bing and other online services but that may change in the future. Windows 8.1 has better Bing integration and the Xbox One is a great opportunity for Microsoft to push Bing. Also, Office 365 was recently updated to better-compete with Google's offerings. If Bing dies, then nothing can stand in the way of Google when it comes to search.

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If anything should be spun off, it should be bing, but even that, that wouldn't make sense at this point in time. 

 

Xbox is part of the 3 screen initiative and i don't think Bill Gates would let that walk out.

 

With that said, it would be a sad day for the internet for google to be the only search left.. 

The xbox one is a great part of the TV portion of the 3-screen initiative, but the Apple TV absolutely kills it in terms of everything not gamer related. Sure the IR blaster and HDMI in are cool, but not $500 + XBL cool. Meanwhile the Apple TV connects to everyone's iPhone and costs $100. I don't know that Microsoft should sell their xbox business, but they desperately need a $100 top set box to compete with Apple.

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Maybe if search companies would learn why Google is such a success.  I do not care about news articles when I want to search.  I do not care about having fancy designs.  I use google because it is a white page, with a text box (and their logo of course).  

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I wouldn't sell xbox just yet though.. it's has a lot of marketshare.. and sometimes that is more important than profit.. they make up for it in other areas. 

That's true, though Microsoft runs the risk of losing money like Sony did with the PS3 or Nintendo is doing with the Wii U. While the Xbox division isn't currently hurting Microsoft that could change very quickly. The Xbox One is unproven and information so far seems to indicate that it is less powerful than the PS4 while costing significantly more - it could be that Microsoft and Sony swap positions for the next generation.

 

Also, if Google was to make a push into the living room with Android gaming devices that are updated yearly then traditional consoles would be hard pushed to compete and Valve is already doing that with Steam Machines, which will support 4K gaming and are upgradeable. If Microsoft is going to sell the Xbox division it would be best doing it sooner rather than later.

 

supposes Elop will sell xbox division, who would buy it?

Apple, Google, private equity firms, etc.

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Some people do use it.. but not really that many.. Here is a poll from this site.. which mostly are hardcore Microsoft fans..

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Maybe that just means that Neowin isn't only a hardcore Microsoft site? ;)

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