Stephen Elop, former CEO of Nokia, appears to be lobbying hard to get the top job at Microsoft, or at least talking loudly enough about what he'd do if he gets the top job that makes me think he's not the right person for the position.
Xbox is making money for Microsoft. It has nothing to do with Office or the enterprise, which really is a good thing because it gives the company diversity outside of its historic core moneymakers. Further, of the consumer big three of Apple, Google, and Microsoft, only Microsoft has a footprint into the living room by virtue of being connected to the TV for games. The next generation Xbox One is designed to overlay onto existing TV and cable TV connections, allowing it to intermediate TV watching with the ability to inject Skype calling and add voice control for the selection of TV shows
People at Microsoft are smarter than that, the Xbox division is making money for them and it is their last chance for the dominion of the living room. they will never sell the Xbox division.
Elop is a decent leader, but nowhere near good enough to lead a huge company like microsoft.
It was primarily because of him and his inability to react to the smartphone market that Nokia fell so much over the past few years. Honestly, I don't think he'll be chosen as a ceo.
And bing has just begun to gain traction (the online division is actually making profits for microsoft now) and the xbox business is microsoft's major push into the living room, so I don't think anyone at microsoft would want to let the two services go. They've invested too much into them to simply kill them off or sell them off.
It isn't like the Windows OS is becoming more popular and it's not like Microsoft would be more popular if they got rid of Bing and Xbox. If anything, those are both some of the last remaining things I can positively associate with Microsoft. To let either of those go would be a setback for them, I say this even for Bing mainly because of its integration into most of their products.
"Xbox is making money for them"...isn't it also losing a lot of money for them? Investors don't give a shit if your product is bringing in a billion dollars a year if you are losing twice that much supporting it.