I guess what I am saying is that I can see the new guy taking this 180 day grace period to challenge all of the assumptions floating around Microsoft right now. And some of those "Sacred Cows" are going to be tossed out. And others will be integrated into a future that he and Bill Gates think will work and extend MS' dominance. Especially in their core businesses of Windows, Office and Enterprise Business platforms. Most of their tinkering IMO will occur with the outlyers that forge stronger links to a web based future they foresee for merging their "Enterprises". Xbox fits into such a vision primarily because of XBL. Windows itself is the dominant platform for it because of IE...Bing...Skype...Nokia...Smartglass...Cloud...Win 8.1...Office 365...Azure...and others.
The allure of drilling much deeper into Households through XBL & XB1 is seriously flawed IMO unless they can serve up something totally new and urgently needed by the marketplace. Such as ala carte programming for ESPN and other "cord cutting" Apps. Perhaps a large ISP provider like Verizon sees this handwriting on the wall. And has already partnered with MS to try this approach through them instead of collapsing their current model. If such an experiment worked MS would retreat totally inot the world of Enterprise software and ala carte programming via XBL on the multimedia side of their business
In a scenario like described...Xbox OS hardware fulfillment would go into exclusive cable boxes, and HTPC platforms like SteamBox with exclusive Enterprise Partners like Dell, Asus and others. I do think MS would continue to link an Xbox into such an ecosystem. But it would be much simpler IMO. Something akin to a XB1/Surface RT tablet that can dock to a properly spec'd Win 8 PC and boot the system hardware to optimum XB functionality. End User PC builders like us could be able to tie in through a Dual Boot Xbox OS SSD or DD as long as we have upgraded to the compatible Windows 8 platform. Bottom line is I think the new guy will return Microsoft to its enterprise roots. And this will be overall good for us PC gamers. Because their OS can be made to work the way we need it faster and better than Linux IMO. They just needed this kick in the butt to get them to open things up. IMO Xbox and Win 8 will be the lead horses in that push.