Microsoft Urged To “Spin-Off” Xbox Brand Among Other Things


Back in 1975 Bill Gates and Paul Allen co-founded Microsoft. Today, Allen still holds a $2 billion stake in the company. His private investment office, Vulcan Capital has offered Microsoft a bit of advice to take into consideration while they search for Steve Ballmer’s successor. The firm advised drastic changes be made to Microsoft in order to optimize its business model. Paul Ghaffari, chief investment officer at Vulcan’s recommendation is as follows,

“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,” he said.

This isn’t the first time that an investor within Microsoft has talked about either spinning off, or doing away with the Xbox branch. Earlier this year there were big changes afoot over in Redmond. Don Mattrick jumped ship to Zynga and a corporate restructure was finalized.

The question that’s on my mind, and likely many others who have heard this news is; Would the Xbox brand survive without Microsoft’s back-end capital? We’ll update if there’s any more developments here.

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