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Bill Gates would be okay with spinning off Xbox division should Nadella want to

Monday, 5th May 2014 19:26 GMT By Sherif Saed

Microsoft’s co-founder Bill Gates, said today that should current CEO Satya Nadella want to spin off the Xbox, or Bing divisions, he would absolutely support it.

Speaking to Fox Business in an interview, Gates was a asked if Microsoft would consider spinning off the Xbox or Bing divisions, like it did with Expedia and Slate in the past, he said, “Well, we’re taking PC gaming — Windows gaming — and Xbox gaming and bringing those a lot closer together,” Gates said. “The power of the PC graphics chips means you can do great games there. So I’m sure Satya and the team will look at that, and, you know, it’s up to them. But we’re going to have an overall gaming strategy, so it’s not as obvious as you might think.”

He was then later asked if he would support that decision if it was made by CEO Satya Nadella, to which he said, “Absolutely.”

Recent comments made by Microsoft’s newly-appointed head of Xbox division, Phil Spencer, suggest that Nadella is fully committed to the Xbox and gaming divisions of the firm.

Thanks, Polygon.

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7 Comments

  1. Mr Tom

    Well what else could he say in this position? Say he wouldn’t support the CEO of his company in this hypothetical situation? He has to show he supports Nadella, otherwise it’s hello to “GATES SHOWS NO CONFIDENCE IN NADELLA” headlines and bye-bye to share prices.

    So while he spends most of the time talking up Xbox and it’s place within the business, it’s the non-story that takes the headlines.

    #1 3 months ago
  2. mitcHELLspawn

    headline is ridiculously misleading.. The article is about how committed they are to gaming but instead they had to make this click bait headline.

    #2 3 months ago
  3. DoubleM

    @2 Exactly. Another headline which really made me upset was last week’s “Final Fantasy 15 is an action game”. I think news websites are totally ruining people’s perception of many games with these headlines.

    The Developers meant how “Stylishly action” the fights are and this is mentioned in the article itself. Also, it was a translated game synopsis which was put as a placeholder on Xbox and Playstation websites. Many people actually don’t read the articles completely; they just look at the headline and say that “oh, Final Fantasy is ruined” and they lose their interest in the game.

    Ground Zeroes’ sales was also hurt by many headlines about its length. I’ve seen many people believing that the game is just 10 minutes and a demo, because we had headlines such as “GZ can be completed in 10 minutes.”

    #3 3 months ago
  4. ManuOtaku

    @ 1 2 well that was the original question, so i believe the headline fits imho.

    #4 3 months ago
  5. ManuOtaku

    I mean @ 2 and 3

    #5 3 months ago
  6. ddtd

    @ManuOtaku Yeah, but out of the entire article only one sentence is related to the headline.

    #6 3 months ago
  7. ddtd

    @ddtd I mean two sentences. The first one and then the second to last.

    #7 3 months ago

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