It's been a strange, busy time for Microsoft.
In the past two weeks, CEO Steve Ballmer unexpectedly announced he was retiring, the company announced that it would be giving a board seat to activist hedge fund ValueAct, and it announced plans to buy Nokia's handset business for ~$7 billion.
What's next for Microsoft? Perhaps a spin out of the Xbox business.
After the ValueAct board seat news broke, All Things D reporter Kara Swisher laid out what was next for Microsoft. In her story, she hinted that Microsoft might buy Nokia. Swisher didn't report that as a fact, just sort of mentioned it. But, it did happen.
The next paragraph from Swisher said, "Microsoft could also spin parts of the company off, most especially its entertainment and games products, which is something many investors have already called for."