Clearly, Microsoft has learnt a great deal from having bing, and it does seem a crazy idea to me to sell that off.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, who’s currently acting as technical advisor to CEO Satya Nadella, said in an interview this morning that it makes no sense to spin off Bing but that he would support Nadella if the new CEO wanted to spin off Xbox.
In reply to a question about whether there’s an opportunity to create shareholder value by splitting Microsoft into different companies, specifically regarding Bing and Xbox, Gates replied: “Certainly, the Bing technology has been the key to us learning how to do large scale data centers. And Bing lets us see what’s going on on the Internet. … I see that as a pretty fundamental technology for the company.”Bill Gates Says There's No Sense In Microsoft Selling Off Bing [blogs.seattletimes.com]