Bill Gates: If new MS CEO Nadella wants to spin off Xbox biz, "I'm absolutely fo

#31slyman19Posted 5/5/2014 11:57:05 AM
Rybal posted...
Wow - so many people look at one statement out of context and completely misinterpreted it.

If you didn't read the article, here's the tl;dr version:

Gates said he would support a spinoff if the new MS CEO proposed it. He ALSO said that he didn't expect Bing or Xbox to be spun off because they were a part of MS's long-term strategy.

Gates is not going to undermine the new CEO right after she takes charge. At this point, he'll back her in just about anything. If anything, his comment was a subtle reminder that spinning off either of those two divisions would be a poor decision.


She? Her? What?
#32ILikesCheesePosted 5/5/2014 12:03:02 PM(edited)
bob15x posted...
XisurusX posted...
Would a "spinoff" necessarily be a bad thing? Perhaps the Xbox brand could free itself from this media entertainment stigma and focus on its core audience (gaming). The Playstation brand may do the same thing with how their sales are going vs the Sony company as a whole.

i could see the playstation brand doing it since the other divisions at Sony are pulling the playstation down.


You've got that backwards.

With SONY, their Entertainment Division (movies; Spider-Man = BANK) and Gaming Division (Playstation) are the bright spots of the company. It is their Electronics Division which is getting trounced: PCs (now gone), receivers, cameras, and even televisions. It makes no sense to "spin-off" the successful portions of your company.

Which the XBOX is not for Microsoft; they do MUCH better in software, licensing and now even the tablet market with the Surface. Also, many of the executives at MS don't even understand the gaming genre, and that trickle down of ignorance and indifference is at last causing repercussions in the business. For MS, from a bottom line P and L standpoint, their shareholders would be happy to see the Xbox Brand sold off.
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#33ParappaTheHATERPosted 5/5/2014 12:03:50 PM
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#34slyman19Posted 5/5/2014 12:05:36 PM
ILikesCheese posted...
bob15x posted...
XisurusX posted...
Would a "spinoff" necessarily be a bad thing? Perhaps the Xbox brand could free itself from this media entertainment stigma and focus on its core audience (gaming). The Playstation brand may do the same thing with how their sales are going vs the Sony company as a whole.


i could see the playstation brand doing it since the other divisions at Sony are pulling the playstation down.


You've got that backwards.

With SONY, their Entertainment Division (movies; Spider-Man = BANK) and Gaming Division (Playstation) are the bright spots of the company. It is their Electronics Division which is getting trounced: PCs (now gone), receivers, cameras, and even televisions. It makes no sense to "spin-off" the successful portions of your company.

Which the XBOX is not for Microsoft; they do MUCH better in software, licensing and now even the tablet market with the Surface. Also, many of the executives at MS don't even understand the gaming genre, and that trickle down of ignorance and indifference is at last causing repercussions in the business. For MS, from a bottom line P and L standpoint, their shareholders would be happy to see the Xbox Brand sold off.


Didn't Xbox make more net profit than the PlayStation division the last two quarters?
#35ILikesCheesePosted 5/5/2014 12:08:17 PM
bob15x posted...
did she realize that you were not that bright and think spin off means sell off?


A "spin-off" is still a divestiture that garners ZERO backing from the parent company. An Xbox without Microsoft's money means no AAA games, no advertising, no R and D...hey, basically a Ouya.

:D
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#36slyman19Posted 5/5/2014 12:08:53 PM
ParappaTheHATER posted...
Wow man, like I'm gonna joke about my parent dying for some console war bullsh**, you Xbox fans are truly demented, and if you think cancer is unbelievable just wait till one of your loved ones gets it, it's not as unlikely as u seem to believe


You can stop now. No one is believing you.
#37ParappaTheHATERPosted 5/5/2014 12:10:27 PM
But yore probably more concerned with facing the death of your beloved Xbox, well unfortunately the diagnosis is in, and it's not looking good, prognosis negative. Bill Gates wants to show compassion and instead of keeping it on life support in a suffering state, just pull the plug with dignity
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#38JiZamezPosted 5/5/2014 12:10:32 PM
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#39slyman19Posted 5/5/2014 12:10:46 PM
ILikesCheese posted...
bob15x posted...
did she realize that you were not that bright and think spin off means sell off?


A "spin-off" is still a divestiture that garners ZERO backing from the parent company. An Xbox without Microsoft's money means no AAA games, no advertising, no R and D...hey, basically a Ouya.

:D


If it's a wholly-owned spin-off, Microsoft will still financially support it. Maybe even fully.
#40bob15xPosted 5/5/2014 12:12:45 PM
ILikesCheese posted...
bob15x posted...
XisurusX posted...
Would a "spinoff" necessarily be a bad thing? Perhaps the Xbox brand could free itself from this media entertainment stigma and focus on its core audience (gaming). The Playstation brand may do the same thing with how their sales are going vs the Sony company as a whole.

i could see the playstation brand doing it since the other divisions at Sony are pulling the playstation down.


You've got that backwards.

With SONY, their Entertainment Division (movies; Spider-Man = BANK) and Gaming Division (Playstation) are the bright spots of the company. It is their Electronics Division which is getting trounced: PCs (now gone), receivers, cameras, and even televisions. It makes no sense to "spin-off" the successful portions of your company.

Which the XBOX is not for Microsoft; they do MUCH better in software, licensing and now even the tablet market with the Surface. Also, many of the executives at MS don't even understand the gaming genre, and that trickle down of ignorance and indifference is at last causing repercussions in the business. For MS, from a bottom line P and L standpoint, their shareholders would be happy to see the Xbox Brand sold off.


i dont have it wrong. Playstation brand can easily support itself and pullling it away from all the other failing parts of Sony could actually help the Playstation brand grow. Many analysts have already suggested sony should do this.