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Report: Microsoft's CEO Candidate, Stephen Elop, May Consider Shutting Bing

     
3:38 pm on Nov 8, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Microsoft CEO candidate Stephen Elop said to consider selling Xbox business, killing Bing

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Bloomberg also suggests that Elop is willing to shut down or sell some major Microsoft businesses. Elop would reportedly considering killing off the company’s Bing search engine, while contemplating selling the Xbox business. Some investors and analysts have previously called for the software giant to split off its Xbox business and give up on search. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen appears to feel the same way. Allen’s $15-billion asset manager, Paul Ghaffari, revealed recently that Bing and Xbox have been distractions for Microsoft. "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." Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund claims Microsoft’s financial earnings could be boosted by 40 percent in fiscal 2015 if the company sold its Bing and Xbox businesses.
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Maybe FB will buy Bing Search?
5:22 pm on Nov 8, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I wouldn't like to see shut down.

Shutting Bing is a big step back, imho, so a sale would be most likely. Facebook or Yahoo ought to be considered.
5:27 pm on Nov 8, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I'm okay with a sale as long as they keep the dissected impossible triangle in the new logo.
5:32 pm on Nov 11, 2013 (gmt 0)

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this is the same guy that headed up nokia right? *yikes*


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


so...become IBM.
6:37 pm on Nov 11, 2013 (gmt 0)

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so...become IBM.
And if we never had IBM, we wouldn't have had HAL, and 2001 A Space Odyssey wouldn't be the same.

I think Google should buy Bing. Afterall, they are always trying to copy them.
6:45 pm on Nov 11, 2013 (gmt 0)

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This guy must have a lot of chips in the Google kitty
6:58 pm on Nov 11, 2013 (gmt 0)

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OMG, please sell Bing to someone sensible, it's the only SERPs that make sense at the moment ... And as for Elop, he was at MS and brought Nokia down to its knees ... Talk about being on the inside track with the "right" people at the right time.

BTW Elop, I don't want to use the cloud!
8:27 am on Nov 12, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Looks like Elop is getting a reward from bringing Nokia to MS.
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Why not spin it off into a separate company and give it autonomy? What's a few hundred mil to MS as a wager on a search engine? If it works in a few years time, the upside is huge. If not, take a write-off.
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^ well the fact that they kinda integrated bing search into windows 8 might have something to do with it.....

kill xbox ? the one thing MS makes that people have actually loved? PERFECT SENSE!
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Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund claims Microsoft’s financial earnings could be boosted by 40 percent in fiscal 2015 if the company sold its Bing and Xbox businesses.


Oh come on... Seriously? That's just a Vulture Capitalist move, "unlocking equity" to further enerich themselves by selling off pieces of Microsoft.
6:08 am on Nov 13, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Lots of companies have done similar things.

If Elop's track record at Nokia is anything to go by he is not scared to make drastic changes, and CEOs like to make their mark - look up the history of GEC/Marconi for a good example of how that can go wrong.

I do not think MS can usefully sell of XBox because the spun off company would be too dependant on MS for its OS. Bing, on the other hand may do better with another owner.

Nothing necessarily wrong with unlocking value, and "vulture capitalists" often take companies away from the control of inadequate management.
 

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