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To spin or not to spin: Does Microsoft need Xbox?

23
Nov
2013

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates donned a cool leather jacket when he first introduced the Xbox onstage in 2000. More than a decade later, the video game console is still the hippest brand in Microsofts portfolio. But as the company begins selling its first new Xbox in eight years on Friday, some critics say Microsoft should spin the gaming unit off. They argue that Xbox distracts management from the companys fast-growing cloud computing business and its effort to catch up to rivals in tablet and smartphone sales.

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