Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is counting down to the E3 2013 with a countdown clock, this ignites speculation that the company plans to debut the next generation of XBox consoles at the event.

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The popular game console has taken the backseat for awhile now, thanks to the not-so-successful launches of Windows 8 and Windows 8 Phone. The Next Web thinks it’s time to retire the XBox, which has been around for seven years and sold over 70 million units. They even speculate that it might be bigger than a new Kinect and it could lead to a big year for XBox.

Despite the success Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has had with the gaming industry, the company has a long way to go in other areas, namely the mobile industry.

Information Week recently shared their thoughts on how Microsoft can change in 2013 and offered six suggestion to start with. Such suggestions included offering users a choice of either Metro Tiles or the Windows Explorer, the latter of which would give Microsoft users something they’re more comfortable with. The second would be to reprice the Surface to about $100 less than it’s current tablet and thus make it more affordable to Microsoft’s target customers.

The article also suggests that Microsoft branch out and create more services, enhance their current cloud service Azure, build out on big data, and add XBox  services to their line mobile products.

Naturally, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is remaining mum on their plans for the Xbox and the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo. Fans will most likely have to wait until the big unveiling, unless Microsoft plans to introduce the next generation game console prior to the event. With just 159 days left, it’s anyone’s guess as to what Microsoft has in store for everyone later on this year.