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Analyst believes Microsoft will sell off Xbox division, maybe even to Sony

Anonymous Coward writes | about a year and a half ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Forbes analyst Adam Hartung has predicted that Microsoft will sell off its entertainment division, which includes Xbox, in the coming years. He even goes so far as to list Sony or Barnes & Noble as potential buyers.

Lets forget how crazy this sounds for a moment and focus on the reasons why Hartung believes such a sale will happen. It basically comes down to Windows 8, and how poorly it is selling. Combine that with falling sales of PCs, the Surface RT tablet not doing so great, the era of more than one PC in the home disappearing, and Microsoft has a big problem.

The problem not only stems from the PC market not growing, but because Microsoft relies so heavily on Windows and Office for revenue. With that in mind, Hartung believes Steve Ballmer will do anything and everything to save Windows, including ditching entertainment and therefore Xbox."

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Doesn't make any sense (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42647853)

This doesn't make any sense at all. The XBox name is perhaps the last bastion of a (semi-)good reputation Microsoft has. While most of the computing world was looking towards Windows 8 with a sense of dread and disdain, most of the gaming world is looking towards the XBox whatever-number-sounds-trendy-at-the-time with anticipation. I mean, the 360 and XBox Live basically ARE the definition of console gaming these days, even in its advanced age, after the fervor for the Wii abated a bit. Why would they ditch that to prop up a failing OS?

Then again, of course, Microsoft has made similarly nonsensical moves in recent times (Windows 8 itself chief among them). And it seems like their management and shareholders are stuck somewhere in the late 80s to early 90s or so in their decision-making skills, coming up with short-sighted business ideas that look good on paper for one fiscal quarter. I guess it's not too far out there to assume they'd spin off their biggest modern-day name to try to fund an ancient name they seem to be dedicated to solely for nostalgic reasons, as doing so would look good with a dollar sign in front of it until the next quarter.

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