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    Should Microsoft Sell Xbox?

    One of the candidates for the upcoming CEO position at Microsoft suggested that he would want to sell Xbox and scrap Bing if he gets the job. Do you guys think this would be a good choice for Microsoft if ever it did happen? Who should buy Xbox then if it does?

    Microsoft CEO candidate Stephen Elop said to consider selling Xbox business, killing Bing

    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’s made CEO. After a brief stint as the head of Microsoft’s business division, responsible for Office and other products, Elop’s return to Microsoft in the CEO position would reportedly involve a push for Office on Android and iOS.

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    I can't see that happening. Even though the the developers of the XBOX one don't seem to have a clue doing stupid things like forgetting the world outside of the USA does not care about NFL/NBA and the fact that everyone already has a remote for their TV's. Even IF a possible future CEO is to stupid to see that even if they loose money on the consoles themselves, They more then make it back through LIVE and advertising. It is still a publicly held company and something this big would require a vote.

    That being said IF XBOX was to sell Sony and Nintendo would be fools to pass it up. The company I would love to see buy it and raise from the ashes would be SEGA.

    As for bing, I never use it.

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    XBox is a proven commodity even if the One is struggling. It would be stupid of them to sell it off already.

    As for Bing, I am surprised they haven't done it already.

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    That's not something I can see happening. Who would have the money and want to buy it and have the resources to continue it at the highest quality? Not much comes to mind.

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    I do not sell Microsoft selling Xbox and I do not think its a great idea either. Even if the Xbox is struggling some, its a established gaming community pretty much. There is far too much value in owning a top 2 gaming console to sell it.

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    I doubt they will sell BUT I feel like their focus is not where it should be concerning gaming in general. They could have easily used the pool of skilled knowledgeable players to run some of these ideas through before bad publicity hit their windshield. Seems like they used a collection of yes men who were more interested in making money than a fan base. Microsoft has a lot of things on its plate generally so perhaps it is time to pass the torch to someone willing to dedicate the time.

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    It's very unlikely.
    Xbox is very popular and so it is lucrative too, why would they want to do this?
    If the new CEO really wants to sell it, it won't be a smart move in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by corporatenoun View Post
    That's not something I can see happening. Who would have the money and want to buy it and have the resources to continue it at the highest quality? Not much comes to mind.
    Well to be fair there are a lot of electronics companies out there with the resources of this sort. The only question is of desire. I wouldn't even be surprised if Sony buys it off, to get rid of one of their major competitors.

    But that's all moot, I don't think XBox will be sold.

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    I can't see much of reason for them to sell XBox. Unless somebody is willing to pay well above the market rate for the company, I can't see them selling XBox unless it completely tanks this gen. And by tanks, I mean really tanks to the level that they lose money

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    Even if the Xbox One is a complete failure there will always be blind fanboys willing to buy the console, buy a bunch of games, spend money on the subscription, and blow money on avatar and dlc items. I don't think Microsoft would ever let go of Xbox

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Septagon View Post
    Even if the Xbox One is a complete failure there will always be blind fanboys willing to buy the console, buy a bunch of games, spend money on the subscription, and blow money on avatar and dlc items. I don't think Microsoft would ever let go of Xbox
    The weird thing is that while it isn't matching up to the PS4's numbers, X1 is still selling enough for it to not be considered an outright failure. Heck its actually sold out at a few online outlets from what I hear. This would make the idea of Microsoft selling it even weirder.

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    As much as I do not really care personally for the Xbox I can not see Microsoft selling it seeing that as stated above it still brings in quite a bit of money and is probably more worth it to just keep the dang thing then to auction it to the highest bidder like Sony or Nintendo which would lead to one probably taking an incredible lead.

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    Just an update, guys. Apparently, even the existing co-founder agrees. I personally think this is a sign that Xbox looks to be in a lot worse shape/situation than we realize. Correct me if I'm wrong. Here's the article:



    Calls Mount for Microsoft to Sell Off Xbox Business
    Paul Allen now taking against the business


    The majority of Microsoft's profits come from software and services such as Office and operating systems. Mr Allen believes that, "The search business and even Xbox, which has been a very successful product, are detracting from that. We would want them to focus on their best competencies."
    “My view is there are some parts of that operation they should probably spin out, get rid of, to focus on the enterprise and focus on the cloud.”

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    I don't see Microsoft selling off Xbox. Of course if they did, I'd like to see Sega snatch it up and turn it into a more international console. As Dmadman72 said, the world outside the US doesn't care about NFL/NBA and are probably indifferent to Doritos and Mountain Dew.
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    I don't think Microsoft should sell Xbox, but I can see it happening 40/60 (will/won't). While the Xbox 360 was making some money, it wasn't making enough and the loses that Xbox, Bing, and some other stuff were generating were offset mostly by royalties from Google. Ballmer doesn't want it sold off, but if you have a busted wheel either you try to fix it, hope it doesn't fall off, or ditch it and just get a unicycle.

    Oh and Bing is only good for collecting Bing Reward points and spending them on Amazon cards, Hulu Plus, or whatever. That's it.

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    Why would they do that? I believe Microsoft has enough money and are making even more with xBox related products.
    But that surely could be interesting to see? Which way do you think it's direction would go?

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    I get a feeling that instead of selling it off Paul Allen was probably looking at streamlining the business a bit. Who knows he might as well decide to focus only on the gaming aspect of XBox in the future.

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    Given how hot the competition is I would not be surprised. Still, I think what they should do is figure out ways to make themselves competitive in that market and improve the merchandise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpiralArchitect View Post
    XBox is a proven commodity even if the One is struggling. It would be stupid of them to sell it off already.

    As for Bing, I am surprised they haven't done it already.
    I agree nobody really uses bing, well not anyone that i know. Xbox has not been doing great with the xbox one but this is the first time they failed in my opinion. I feel they need to go back to the drawing board. I highly doubt they would sell it. I hope they dont its a little too early for that.

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    Given that the gaming industry is huge and brings forth incredible profit and money and goodies and happy faces, it would be incredibly stupid for M$ to sell Xbox.

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    Microsoft will come back all guns blazing when the next new gen consoles are released. Who knows they may alter the hardware for xb1

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    I think they'd some quite foolish to sell Xbox.

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    This is a pretty old post and I think since then Microsoft have recovered amazingly well since their terrible E3 last year. They definitely won't be selling it off as it is one of their biggest and highest profiting venture. Even though I have a fan boy dislike for Xbox I have to admit the console itself now is quite appealing without Kinect and the price being reduced.

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    If Microsoft sells it, what are they gonna focus on to make money? Windows 8? Cause that is working out well for them *snickers*

    They'll shoot themselves in the foot. Its profitable to my knowledge and all my joking and jabs aside, Xbox is a good console. If they sell it, they'll lose so much money they'll wish they never did it, like when they made Windows Vista. Though if they do sell it, I wouldn't be surprised. Microsoft hasn't exactly made the best decisions in the last 10 years aside from Windows 7.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ajally123 View Post
    This is a pretty old post and I think since then Microsoft have recovered amazingly well since their terrible E3 last year.
    CEO recently stated the following after the announcement of closing M$ Studios in the coming months,
    The change comes about as CEO Satya Nadella attempts to refocus Microsoft on productivity, cloud, and mobile, though he also reaffirmed his commitment to Xbox.
    The fact that he had to "reaffirm" his commitment to Xbox is kind of worrisome. My guess is he is just throwing that ball to Spencer.

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