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Stephen Elop Might Sell Xbox and Kill Bing if Made Microsoft CEO

by Jacob Kleinman | November 8, 2013November 8, 2013 9:00 am PDT


Ex-Nokia CEO and former Microsoft executive Stephen Elop is still reportedly on the short list to replace outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, and it sounds like Elop already has some big changes planned for the company if he gets the promotion. A new report from Bloomberg reveals plans to further open up Microsoft Office software for iOS and Android, even at the expense of the company’s own Windows platform.

Speaking with three anonymous sources close to the potential CEO, Bloomberg notes that Elop would also consider giving up some of the company’s biggest projects in an effort to narrow its focus on services and devices. Specifically, Elop has contemplated selling off the Xbox gaming business and giving up on Microsoft’s Bing search engine.

Elop’s ideas certainly clash with Steve Ballmer’s “One Microsoft” vision, which pushed for a unified platform across all of the company’s products. Windows 8.1 features direct integration with Bing, and the search engine is also built into the incoming Xbox One. It seems unlikely that Microsoft would give up these two major assets, though it’s still possible they could be spun off into independent companies with close ties to Redmond.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...