Originally Posted by Ralph Sir Edward
Microsoft only has disparate pieces. It started from computer software/gaming, but hasn't been able to successfully expand into anything. Still...
Uh, don't pin too many hopes until we get more details.
As of now, Microsoft's role is just providing the money and licensing Win8 if "Newco" chooses to use it. (It's just rumor and speculation.)
So far, all they've said is they are a minority investor in the spinoff and that's it.
This is still B&N's show.
Edit: If we're to speculate on what a Microsoft-based Nook (a MetroNook) might look like, consider this: