Microsoft is looking for a new CEO. But the candidate said to be the favorite is also said to be considering spinning off the Xbox business. Yes, Stephen Elop was recently channeled by deep-throated rumor-mongers as thinking the unthinkable.
Dark forces = investors But they'd do the right thing in the end, make room in the console war for a more gaming focused company.
did you read the article?
Nah, iust stated my opinion on it. It won't happen anyway, Microsoft would lose the battle for the living room by disbanding the Xbox brand.
typical Sony fanboy, doesn't read the article and only here to troll
“We appreciate Bloomberg’s foray into fiction and look forward to future episodes,” said Frank Shaw, a spokesman for Microsoft. lol
Microsoft wants to take over the living room, so if they sell the Xbox division, then their goes their chance.
After investors make a final judgment to vote him in as CEO lets wait and see if he do end xbox life.
I know investors can get you fired, but the board at M$ usually picks the CEO. This guy is a minority share holder himself who just recently made it onto the board. Getting to that point, made a lot of people think he is making a push to be CEO. I would just say I think it is very difficult to buy yourself a CEO job at M$. Those board members are very powerful and very smart. I think Bill Gates is still a strong voice in the company also. If he still has influence, Xbox will remain a part of M$. Xbox has been in the black for sometime despite what that analyst rumored about losses.
This been debunked by Microsoft. Why is this been brought up again?
Cause they didn't physically debunk it, like always MS never said directly that it won't happen. Just that it is fiction since Elop is not yet in charge.
Yeah, so MS said this story was 'fiction'. That seems pretty well debunked. But not on n4g. Ooooh no. Fanboys believe whatever they want, as long as there is an anonymous rumour referencing another anonymous rumour. Funny how this logic does not apply to PS4 overheating issues...
Or you are just reading what you want to hear. Forbes is not some 2-bit website.
Because N4G is famous to run Negative Xbox Article, regardless if it's been repeated a 1000 times.
Elop was at Microsoft before leaving for CEO position at Nokia. He made a crucial choice between Android and Microsoft for Nokia smartphones...We know how that decision turned out. Then Microsoft bought out Nokia's headset division and Elop leaves...Now he is an option again ? SMH
He didn't leave MS, his current position title is 'Vice President of Devices & Services'
You would be suprised actually to how well Nokia lumia devices are selling each year Windows phone market share has increased and Nokia owns 90% of the Windows phone market. In parts of Europe Windows phone outsells IOS and android I don't know why they don't sell well everywhere because they are generally really good phones well the Nokia ones are anyway
It was a sneaky hostile takeover. Nokia has some good things and Microsoft needed a way in to push their operating system (They were struggling with a Trojan Horse). They may sugar coat the whole thing as a "strategic partnership" but the whole situation wreaks of a hostile takeover (a clever one at that)
I thought MSFT said this talk of killing off xbox was bullsh!t. Thought I seen that on reddit.
MS are liars. So in the future...when you feel the urge to defend MS by using any ANY statement made by them....please refrain. It holds 0% weight. As far as my feelings - I want MS to stay in the race. They only help motivate Sony to be better. But in all other areas besides gaming MS might be ok - except Apple or Google does entertainment better. So, unless you really must play Halo....I'm not really sure why an educated buyer would get an Xbone.
Hate much! Be careful, you sound very stressed.
Umm... better launch line-up, better online and more functionality?
Would they sell xbox? No, probably not, the brand is good and has no value to anyone who could buy it (who is going to buy the ability to spend billions on console development, the few who might could just use there own brand like Apple or Samsung). However, given there isn't much 1st party at Microsoft, it's not difficult to think in a few years time they decide not to work on developing a replacement to the Xb1.but continue to use the xbox brand on phones and to launch a steam like service, software platform which plays to there core business (i.e. Windows & phone). The hardware development is a money pit, with few developers they would need to lay off, would be an elegant solution to this if it were a desirable outcome.
The reasons for selling is not about value. It is about direction of MS, Elop is 'considering' selling Xbox because it 'may' not fit. MS needs a shakeup to survive, yes they have a ton of money but their bread and butter which makes that money (Windows/Office) is at threat due to the phone and tablet market taking over. Xbox selling does not mean Xbox will die it just means someone else will be in charge. This will likely benefit Xbox gamers more than hurt them as it'll then gain more focus.
But as I said, who would buy it? No self respecting investment firm would as it is a money pit, none of the big western firms need it as they could launch something them self, maybe a Chinese company might be a buyer a la Lenovo IBM but Xbox as a business ain't worth much, few in house developers and a brand name which is well known and worth more to Microsoft as a name. I'm not saying xbox will die, that's a silly suggestion, what I am saying is that the big bucks have been spent to develop the new box, but long term it may be that they don't make a new one in 5 or so years. Xbox as a console hardware business it is true May not fit with a new direction, but as a brand name in a software setting for example as something akin to open feint, that's a great way of supporting the new phone and tablet business
A favourite being thrown about is Samsung but I also wouldn't be surprised if Nvidia wanted a piece. I don't think Apple will bite.
Couldn't see Samsung biting myself, see them more likely to go down the Steambox angle aggressively, Nvidia also strange as it would mean them turning their back on their core business to cannibalise it with their greatest competition and only making hardware once every 5-10 years. If it were sold, and I stand by my scepticism of this, it's more likely to be someone like Huawei or ZTE.
It is not Elop... it is the high executives and investors... they think Xbox didn't profit so Elop is using this info to try to become CEO.
I would like to see the Xbox brand sold to Samsung, but if it's a company like Apple or Google it will be just more of the same with over priced proprietary accessories and secondary fees for everything like with MS & Netflix. Probably will never happen but it would be nice imho to get MS out of the gaming industry.
What I took from this entire article was "Microsoft should be able to attract 40-50 million Xbox LIVE subscribers paying around $40-50 a year. That’s about $1.6-2.5 billion for doing essentially nothing." Which makes me question, what is it that we pay for extra with Xbox Live (or any other online pay to play, such as PS+)? Everyone seems to agree that the Live was leaps and bounds ahead of PSN (though the argument is pretty solid that PSN did a lot of catching up), but what are people paying extra for if they're admitting they're essentially doing nothing? Or did I misunderstand?
We will see soon but I'll start with dedicated servers.. psn catching with what? A week to go I have not seen anything regarding psn and how it has matured. I hope take a look the whole online infrastructure when you compare both networks and not just free to rent old games.
I meant to say PSN catching up in terms of online gaming. Not as laggy, easier interface, smoother system, etc. I'm not an expert in the matter, and I have not looked at the infrastructure, I'm just wondering what the extra cost is? From what I see and read, the PC community has terrific online gaming, and no monthly fees (other than subscription based games). Again, maybe I'm missing something?
What I was trying to say is "infrastructure" is expensive...besides all the updates XBL have gotten in the past. We are paying for good dedicated servers(xbl), frequent and fast updates, new dashboards & features and deals of the week. One thing I do agree is that, the gold subscription for xbl should be free of advertising and media apps should bot be behind a paywall.(but I use the system for online games) Now you'll see what Sony is able to offer with an extra $50 from it's users. XBL has always been subscription-based. If you have been gaming on XBL the last 6 years you would see how things have evolved; how smooth things work with communications, game matchmaking, Party chat...etc
I will have to take your word, as I have given up on Xbox after I got 4 red rings, so the limited time I've played on 360 the past few years have been on friends/family consoles. But, you seem like you have a good idea of it, but my original thing was that Microsoft is stating that they're getting paid "for doing essentially nothing", so what I was asking was what are they doing as far as justifying a monthly/yearly subscription, you get what I mean?
This guy was a Trojan horse that killed Nokia chances of beautiful design and android and other mobile OSs...
Microsoft has debunkrd this story a few days ago. The Bloomberg journalist fabricated and made the story up.
You are correct..debunked and the journalist is looking for hits..which he got just for publishing rubbish....or a opinion piece as its called these days.
Its not an entirely bad idea. If elop sells the x-box branch off to someone more capable, more innovative, with out the greedy stigma name of microsoft, i can see it still growing as a company. Microsoft to me seems like they have so mych going on, and not really specializing in anything amazing. I truly feel their windows programs are taking a hit in quality due to all their ventures. I play games, so i would like micro to take care of the xbox brand wether they sell it or actually take xbox serious. Not to say they dont take their xbox brand serious but they do some weird business practises.
Sell it to Samsung. Their hardware would do the Xbox some good. And you never hear about Samsung pissing people off to oblvion. As far as competition goes, Lord knows Nintendo won't give Sony any form of competition. And Lord knows without competition, Sony and any other corporate company will get Android 17 arrogant. No company is immune to it.
I understand for a company to get back to black(making money) they have to trim the fat. Yes I see where Xbox division is losing the company money buying up exclusives( contents, games, etc....), buying away exclusive deals away from Sony like spend $75 million to make GTA IV multi-plat, but the worst was spending $500 million dollars on Kinect marketing back in 2010. I hope Microsoft doesn't sell Xbox rights because it's good to have competition. We have lost so many great systems thur the years Sega Dreamcast, Neo Geo, Turbo Grafix, Atari Jaguar, and Panasonic 3DO. If Microsoft want to save cost just bring in a second partner to develop hardware like LG so Microsoft can work on software, games, game servers, and customer service because they suck at that. Thank you for reading this but I'm out.
Just for some clarification as not everyone understands what the position of CEO is and where it fits in a company I will explain it here: The CEO is the top administrator for the company ensuring it runs the way it is supposed to. Although he may have say in the direction that a company takes he does not have the power to make that determination. That determination is made by the board of directors to whom he reports. So the CEO reports to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors also has a leader who is called the Chairman of the Board. Now currently the Chairman of the Board happens to be Bill Gates who at this time has made it known that he has no intention of relinquishing this position. Bill Gates also happens to be the largest shareholder in Microsoft. This is why Microsoft has the current vision it has as it is the one that Bill Gates decided on over 10 years ago. Seeing how Elop's rumored vision is at complete odds with Bill Gates vision of Microsoft I think that it is a fair bet that this is nothing more than rumor mongering on the part of media outlets to get people to click into their site.
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