Sources: Bloomberg, FT
quote: Although Bing directly has lost money, it has been used to invest and improve other products.
quote: But you're just one person.
quote: Like which ones?
quote: But all that decoupling of core businesses just doesn't seem to be in MS's best interests. I don't get it.
quote: ...back in the day, when MS first came out with Word, Excel, and Office, and it was clear they were leveraging their OS monopoly to unfair advantage over WordPerfect, Lotus, etc., I was certainly in favor of breaking up MS into an OS company and an office suite company.
quote: Back in the day (20+ years ago) I predicted the big software war (after Microsoft had already stomped everyone as far as the desktop was concerned) was going to be productivity bundles. I was wrong as Microsoft put forth the best and broadest bundle (NOT including the OS) and the war never really happened as Microsoft never really had any competition.
quote: I'm not sure if Microsoft did this deliberately
quote: and by creating and nurturing a market expectation that an OS actually *was* the bundle
quote: And then to see a possible CEO candidate talking about splitting MS up, in a possibly similar fashion.
quote: MS screwed up by not offering Office for tablets
quote: But, of course, he didn't provide any lol.
quote: Besides, Gates would not be a good fit to lead Microsoft into the future anyway. The things he was brilliant for in terms of Microsoft's rise to dominance are no longer applicable in the market that exists today.
quote: Ditch Bing, ditch Xbox, go all out for a first class touch based Office for iOS and Android. I would also ditch Windows Phone and Surface.
quote: One can equally argue there are reasons to keep each. The value of these products is they are future oriented. To loose them could mean Microsoft has to go through redeveloping part of their functionality later down the track.
quote: MS needs to focus on the small number of things it can do really well in the new tech terrain of the next decade, drop everything else and devote all it's resources to being great in a narrower field of activities.
quote: You suggest MS to drop the new developing markets because they can't do good job in there yet. Ballmer suggests MS not to drop these markets but instead learn how the things are done in them.
quote: How long will it take Microsoft to 'learn' how to make a profit out of Bing? And if it ever does how much profit can it make at the cost of how many billions of investment?
quote: How can Microsoft 'learn' how to make sizable profits from selling it's own gaming console when nobody selling gaming consoles makes profits in any quantity?
quote: How can Microsoft 'learn' how to make money in any quantity from mobile phone OS licenses when it is competing with two huge incumbents in Android and iOS that are free?
quote: I cannot imagine any circumstances in which Microsoft can make sizeable profits from selling mobile device software licenses, can you?
quote: dropping all those non-profit making lines of business, products that occupy a huge amount of Microsoft's time and capital, could improve and secure Microsoft's business performance
quote: Why does Microsoft have to be in the search business? Especially as they don't seem to be able to make any money from it. What unique advantages does Bing bring to any other Microsoft product?
quote: Why should MS have it's own search engine?
quote: Dumb move Elop
quote: Google is claimed to have an interest selling as many androids as possible, so that the native search engine (Google) is used more often, thus generating revenue. Microsoft is trying to step into the mobile space and I expect them to have similar goals - get a lot of Windows devices use the native Bing search engine. Except, now there are "serious" rumors about Microsoft losing Bing... What am I missing?
quote: They cite a $25M USD payout Mr. Elop received as part of the purchase deal as "proof" of this alleged conspiracy.
quote: In the end he restored Nokia to profitability
quote: windows phone is gaining marketshare in Europe though, it has already surpassed iOS in Italy.