....according to a Forbes contributor and US business analyst, Adam Hartung, Microsoft's inability to adapt to market changes means that its "failure is already inevitable," and in his opinion it's the Xbox division which will be first in the firing line.
"The entertainment division will be spun off, sold to someone like Sony or possibly Barnes & Noble, or dramatically reduced in size," Hartung stated. "Unable to make a profit it will increasingly be seen as a distraction to the battle for saving Windows - and Microsoft leadership has long shown they have no idea how to profitably grow this business unit."
Hartung also predicts "enormous layoffs over the next three years," with as many as half of its employees being shed. He also predicts a closure of its online division as Microsoft continues to battle against iOS.
"Microsoft makes more than 75 per cent of its profits from Windows and Office, less than 25 per cent comes from its vaunted servers and tools. And Microsoft makes nothing from its Xbox/Kinect entertainment division, while losing vast sums in its on-line division.
"No matter how much anyone likes the non-Windows Microsoft products, without the historical Windows/Office sales and profits Microsoft is not sustainable.
"Failure is already inevitable. At this stage, not even a new CEO can save Microsoft. Game over. Ballmer loses. And if you keep your money invested in Microsoft it will disappear along with the company."
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