Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen is joining the authoritative voices in recent weeks calling for the company to sell - or spin-off - its Xbox business in the lead up to the launch of Xbox One this month.
Allen - who still has a $2,000,000,000 stake in Microsoft - is represented by Paul Ghaffari in his role as chief investment officer of Allen's Vulcan Capital investment company. When Ghaffari speaks, well, it's very much as if Paul Allen is talking.
The majority of Microsoft's profits come from software and services such as Office and operating systems. Mr Allen believes that, "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."
“My view is there are some parts of that operation they should probably spin out, get rid of, to focus on the enterprise and focus on the cloud.”
Source: The FT