Microsoft co-founder Supports Xbox being Sold Off

Speculation about the Xbox franchise being sold off has been further fueled this week by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who apparently believes the “next chief executive should consider spinning off consumer businesses including search advertising and the Xbox games console.”

Paul Ghaffari, chief investment officer of Mr Allen’s family investment office Vulcan Capital, was speaking to the Financial Times when he stated that Mr Allen is “intrigued and interested” by forthcoming changes at Microsoft. He also added that the successor to Steve Balmer, who announced he would be stepping down earlier this year, “ought to perform radical surgery on Microsoft and concentrate on corporate customers.” One of the front-runners to become the CEO is former Nokia boss Stephen Elop, who earlier this week it was reported would consider shutting down or selling off Microsoft businesses, which would include Xbox and Bing.

Mr Ghaffari was speaking at the Financial Times Investment Management Summit in New York, where he revealed to the FT that the overwhelming majority of Microsoft’s earnings were generated by selling software and services to business customers.

“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.”
It will be interesting to see who Microsoft appoint as their new CEO and what direction the company heads in. While it is unlikely that we will know anytime soon Microsoft’s plans with regards to Xbox, there is definitely evidence to suggest that potential CEO’s and important figures at Microsoft would be in favour of selling off Xbox in the future. It comes as no surprise however that after the last few months Microsoft have had with Xbox One that these discussions are taking place.
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