Elop, if made CEO of MS, considering killing the Xbox brand to focus on the ...

#21CasualGamersPosted 11/8/2013 7:47:39 AM
1nternationa7 posted...
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Wrong. It saves on hardware.
#22Dev0311Posted 11/8/2013 8:07:24 AM
Good idea for them to consider at this point
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#23CyborgTwentyPosted 11/10/2013 7:11:47 AM
Dev0311 posted...
Good idea for them to consider at this point
#24ssjgohhkuPosted 11/11/2013 8:18:32 AM
It could mean they just kill Xbox hardware and make Xbox a pure online service.
#25SoulTrapperPosted 11/11/2013 8:31:49 AM
It's what most investors have been calling for for quite sometime: actual changes in MSs corporate structure, instead of some position changes.

Getting rid of Bing and the xbox, both very costly divisions, would help boost their value.
#26cpcjlc3Posted 11/11/2013 8:38:01 AM
Funny thing about a CEO of a company like MS is....one of their jobs is figurehead. While he would have some influence, a decision like this would have to be made by the board. Most board members to tend listen to those who support them more than the guy at the head of the table. There are many times when a CEO doesn't get what he/she wants due to board decisions. Anyone on this board who has any dealings with upper management in any large business will tell you the same thing.
#27LICKWIDPAlN(Topic Creator)Posted 11/11/2013 8:45:10 AM
cpcjlc3 posted...
Funny thing about a CEO of a company like MS is....one of their jobs is figurehead. While he would have some influence, a decision like this would have to be made by the board. Most board members to tend listen to those who support them more than the guy at the head of the table. There are many times when a CEO doesn't get what he/she wants due to board decisions. Anyone on this board who has any dealings with upper management in any large business will tell you the same thing.


Umm... You do know that major shareholders on the board want the Xbox division gonna as well right.
I see what you are saying but just be aware of the current situation. It's essentially do or die for the Xbox division as we know it right now.
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#28CyborgTwentyPosted 11/13/2013 6:47:14 AM
SoulTrapper posted...
It's what most investors have been calling for for quite sometime: actual changes in MSs corporate structure, instead of some position changes.

Getting rid of Bing and the xbox, both very costly divisions, would help boost their value.
#29SoulTrapperPosted 11/13/2013 7:14:02 AM
cpcjlc3 posted...
Funny thing about a CEO of a company like MS is....one of their jobs is figurehead. While he would have some influence, a decision like this would have to be made by the board. Most board members to tend listen to those who support them more than the guy at the head of the table. There are many times when a CEO doesn't get what he/she wants due to board decisions. Anyone on this board who has any dealings with upper management in any large business will tell you the same thing.


Very true, that's why it's also important to note that the ValueAct group, which owns 1% of MS and has a seat on the board, was asking for the same thing a couple months ago:

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/techflash/2013/08/long-time-microsoft-analyst-predicts.html?page=all

http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-opens-door-for-valueact-to-join-its-board-7000020090/


And the Co-founder of MS, Paul Allen, said the same thing:

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/microsoft-split-up-paul-allen,24992.html
#30SithMasterDKPosted 11/13/2013 7:31:14 AM
Quick question, if Microsoft were to sell the xbox division, say by the end of next year as that would be the soonest, what would it really mean to us?

I mean the xbox brand would stay intact. Developers would still make games for it. Microsoft would probably still maintain the OS and make money off of that so updates are still going to happen. So what would be the big deal?
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