Don Mattrick might still be arranging his desk stationery and getting his nameplate fitted on his new office door, but the former Microsoft Studios boss was apparently eyeing up Zynga for at least three years prior. According to Bloomberg, Mattrick discussed the idea of buying the company with founder Mark Pincus, bringing Zynga's social games (and hopefully some of its millions of users) to Microsoft's Xbox. People "with knowledge of the matter" say that talks eventually broke down, which is probably why you don't see Farmville taking up acres within Xbox Live. At least, not yet.

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Zynga's new CEO reportedly discussed buying the company while still at Microsoft