Sources: Bloomberg, FT
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?