Microsoft’s new CEO (with an Indian accent) Satya Nadella is under immense pressure to turn Microsoft around. According to reports from The Washington Post, two influential Microsoft shareholders have been putting pressure on the boss to scuttle the Xbox, Surface, and Bing so as to specialize in what the corporate was built on, selling software to businesses.
Windows profits last year were at $9.5 billion, down from $11.6 billion in 2012 and $12.3 billion in 2011, which is attributed to low client sales. Unsold Surface sales also contributed to a $900 million loss.
The Microsoft division that runs Bing reported $1.3 billion loss in 2013, which is really higher than almost all the previous years.
Nadella’s predecessors, Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates, are both still on the board at Microsoft. Nadella asked Gates to step off from his board chairman position to advise Nadella on products and devices, so it does not appear as if Nadella will try to take off those divisions, but the board also has a new member who really wants to take off certain products from Microsoft.