Potential Microsoft CEO, Elop Would Sell XBox; Scrap Bing

November 11th, 2013  |  By Elizabeth O'Dowd

Potential Microsoft CEO, Elop Would Sell XBox; Pull the Plug on Bing







Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer is set to step down in 10 months and the search for his successor is still underway but has been narrowed down to Ford CEO Alan Mulally and former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop.

Although nothing is official, Elop has stated that he already has some big plans for Microsoft if he becomes CEO. Elop was once head of the Microsoft business division and was a huge part of developing one of Microsoft’s most successful products, Microsoft Office. To continue on the Office kick, Elop would push for a better Microsoft Office for Android and iOS. This push on office would be Elop’s main focus.

Now for the questionable part; Elop will sell off parts of Microsoft that he feels aren’t the most important, successful, or aren’t, what he thinks, what Microsoft should be focusing on. What does this mean? It means that the futures of Bing and XBox are uncertain.

Getting rid of Bing is probably a smart move, but Elop won’t be able to sell it because, who would buy it? Bing loses money and can’t hold a candle to Google. There isn’t a company out there who would spend a fortune buying this part of Microsoft. Letting go of Bing is probably for the best.

What people are most shocked about is the fact that Elop has mentioned that he would seriously consider selling XBox which is one of Microsoft’s biggest earners. This seems ill advised considering how closely XBox and Microsoft are linked; XBox partially runs on the shared Windows core. Selling XBox would, in short, make Microsoft a lot of money, but they would lose this valuable, dependable platform.

Elop will, no doubt, radically change the face of Microsoft forever if he becomes CEO. Even if these speculations never come to a head, expect drastic changes to Microsoft in the near future. It’s no secret that microsoft needs a serious overhaul, but would these changes really help them, or hurt them even more?

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